Smoothboard Guitars It's alive!
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:33 PM
The irony was that I was having a conversation just last week about how this company seemingly disappeared! Great to see how wrong I was.
Whatever the reasons for the delay, it's great to see very affordable fretless guitars available.
Congrats to Brock over at Smoothboard for launching!
Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:05 AM
Large Sound (the Ashbory Bass) business has been active and selling the whole time. We've shipped to six continents (step it up, Antartica!) and now we'll be delivering fretless guitars as well. It's great to finally exist on the guitar side of things.
My personal fretless (a modded Smoothboard Classic) has been quite enjoyable... ...since modding it for my playing. I'm sure I'll be mentioning it from time to time. I've really wanted to post up observations and whatnot as I was getting into my fretless guitar, but with no product launch in sight I didn't want to make an ass of myself so I faded off from here.
I was debating whether to announce Smoothboard here in this section, or maybe under "Total Bollocks" given the delay. Looks like that's been done for me. Kinda nice not having the exploding whale is a companion!
Thanks for caring enough to check up on us. We're around and we have guitars in stock and set up ready to ship out. Smoothboard is a "go"!
Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:48 PM
And are the side markers the same way as on a Vigier? So a marker for every 'fret'
What will the shipping costs to Europe be?
Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:10 PM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:17 AM
As to shipping costs, if you put your address into the online cart it will calculate actual shipping before you ever have to enter in any payment info. If something seems odd or out of whack, let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org). It's early on the Smoothboard side of things.
As to sustain, in my case I know it's less than a typical fretted guitar because I'm fretting with fingertips on the left and also often striking notes with fingertips on the right (and if I'm not, I'm strumming with two nails on the right hand). Depending on what I'm doing, I actually hear more difference between what my right hand is doing than if there's frets on the board or not. In other situations (particularily slides), the difference between a fretboard and a fingerboard is HUGE. Probably the biggest surprise I had with fretless guitar was that a lot of rhythm playing didn't sound as different from fretted as expected.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:43 AM
Can you also tell us how the side markers are exactly? or maybe a picture?
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:55 PM