"I've made several CBG's all 3 string & fretless. They're fun to play, but I'd like to move on to some finger picking. There's discussion on setting the action low. By action I assume you mean the height of the strings…"
"I reckon a lot of the 'only playing slide' on a fretless gutiar is simply because lots people make them with the action WAY too high. Get the action right and they are easy to play with your fingers as well as a slide, and you get that…"
"I take your point about playing chords, if you prefer the sound of the three string then go to town I just reckon that they are more suited to diatonic playing while six string fretted guitars are better suited to playing chords. But if you prefer…"
I'm happy to be proved to wrong on this. From what I've seen and heard people playing up until now (only a couple of years but I've played slide guitar since Adam was a pup), I stand by what I've said but if someone…"
"I have to disagree intensely with some of what you said, Patrick, with all due respect. The fact of a three-string fretless CBG is more about the type of sound one seeks. The reason I DON'T play "normal" six-string guitars is because…"
"If that works for you, that's great. Do it. Thing about CBGs is that there are no set rules. I can play chords or melodies--even both at the same time in some circumstances. Get whatever sound you want out of your instrument."
"A very long thread so excuse me for not reading the whole thing. My 2 cents on the original question:
If you're using a slide on a fretless guitar then why not just stick with the slide? I'd imagine that getting your intonation accurate…"
Wow this is some thread. So how did it all work out? Actually, I find GDg tuning isn't really the best for playing and strumming chords. I mainly use it to alternate the bass (two lowest strings) and play slide on the highest…"
Thank you Dan for your comment. Yes, it is interesting how differently the guitar's fingerboard functions in the key of G: GDg / 151 tuning and the Open D: ADf# / 513 tuning. You can also try tuning the f# down to f for Open D minor tuning (ADf). Very dark and foreboding like a Mississippi Crossroads at midnight. Enjoy.
Dan, that is the way it goes sometimes with all of us, not just you. I thought I was finished with my 2nd build, then I noticed the neck was bending upward by the string tension. I have to attach a heel to the bottom of the neck, and attach it to the box. Just live and learn.
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