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Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 773
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 1:40 pm:   Edit Post

Has Alembic ever made a fretless electric guitar?
Just wondered.
Intermediate Member
Username: alembic_doctor

Post Number: 188
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 2:05 pm:   Edit Post

I seem to recall that mica told me about one that they had made with a metallic fingerboard. I think it was called the infinite fret. Or the never ending fret or something like that.
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1139
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post

ALEMBIC doesn't make them, but there's LOTS of them here in Nashville, doublenecks at that . . . pedal steels! Emmons, MSA, Zum, etc.

Fiendish to play, beautiful sound.

J o e y
Username: valvil

Post Number: 996
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 8:32 pm:   Edit Post

I think that was a bass, Doc; made for a popular band (or maybe not as popular as all that, since I can't remember the name) , but I might be wrong. Either way Susan called it "the one with the continuously fretted fingerboard" . But I have heard the 'infinite fret' term too around the office. I don't think there is an actual "official" terminology.

Username: davr35

Post Number: 57
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 9:25 pm:   Edit Post

I believe that bass was made for John McVie. Not quite sure though.

Username: mica

Post Number: 4246
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 9:42 pm:   Edit Post

There was a stainless steel fingerboard guitar made when I was a kid. There was a bass too, it did go to John McVie. Don't remember who got the guitar, but these were the only two "continuously fretted" as my mom calls those instruments. If I run across some photos (there's at least 1 of each), I'll share of course.
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1310
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 3:52 pm:   Edit Post

You might stand a better chance of finding a Vigier "surfretter" guitar - indeed a fretless guitar (not a bass) with a metal-covered fingerboard.
Username: jahnahisti

Post Number: 48
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 4:35 pm:   Edit Post

since fretless guitars don't work so well, w/ wooden fingerboards the stainless is a neat idea. This fellow here uses glass fingerboards.
An overview with playing tips on the fretless guitar with tips on converting a guitar to fretless.
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2170
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 5:09 pm:   Edit Post

The Bond Electraglide guitar, of which approximately 1400 were manufactured in Scotland in 1984-85 is fretless, but not in the traditional sense. The fingerboard is made of aluminum covered with black carbon composite. It has "steps", almost like overlapping roof shingles instead of frets. I have 3 of these and can post pics this weekend if anyone is interested. The Electraglide is arguably the most innovative electric guitar ever put into production. One piece carbon, active electronics with push button switches and a digital readout facing up at the player. Uses a stereo cord out to a power supply box, then mono cord to the amp (sound familiar you Series guys?)

Bill, tgo
Advanced Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 333
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 7:07 pm:   Edit Post


I'm not a guitar guy, but I'd love to see that Bond Electraglide.

Intermediate Member
Username: alembic_doctor

Post Number: 190
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post

There is a Bond at Guiatr Showcase in San Jose. It's a cool piece.

I think the guy in Screaming Headless Torsos plays a Vigier. If you want to hear some smokin' fretless guitar work. Check them out. Some of the best Funk Rock I've ever heard.
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 775
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007 - 11:20 am:   Edit Post

I also have a Vigier Surfretter guitar. The metal fretboard is made of what they call Delta Metal.
It's a good guitar but I haven't really got to grips with it well enough to make it my primary guitar.

I have used it live on a couple of occasions where I was playing lines and very limited chords, and once for a TV recording session where the band was playing to pre-recorded backing.

If I remember correctly didn't the guitarist for the band "Big Audio Dynamite" use one of those Bond guitars?


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