jahloon, on Nov 6 2004, 02:10 AM, said:
For some time I've hankered after a baritone fretless. First I tried to persuade Vigier to make one, but Patrice explained his machinery was geared to normal guitar. So then I tried a couple of UK guitar makers only to get a twelve month lead time. So I sat for a while thinking.
I had planned a ritual unfretting of the Hamer (the one fitted with a sustainer) see webpages for that mod. But then already having a couple of fretless introducing a "me too" was not a good road to travel.
Then one day, maybe in the bath, it came to me; fit a baritone neck to the Hamer, then you have everything you wanted on a baritone, the sustainer, the midi output, and its more cost effective than a complete new build.
So I found a local luthier, but sadly, after looking at the project for a few weeks it was apparent his workload would not allow the project to reach fruition.
So what to do? The usual answer is; if you want a job doing, you better do it yourself.
Now its game on! The aim is to have a working baritone fretless by New Year's Day.
Stand by your beds - will it be a white Christmas or a white wash if the baritone is not born 1/1/2005?
Well the neck was ordered 15/Nov/2004 and the guys at Warmoth gave a six week lead time. I'd almost given up on seeing anything this side of New Year but today a UPS notification came through that the expected delivery date is 29/Dec/2004, fingers crossed, we may yet slide under the wire! --Jahloon
Play the blues guitar with your soul, but play the fretless guitar with your spirit.