Pat Metheny "I have tried fretless guitar on and off since I was a teenager and have always found both appealing and challenging. For me, there is a certain thing that it can do that obviously I can’t get to any other way. I started gravitating towards a nylon string version in the mid-90’s. once again, the great collaboration that I have enjoyed with Linda Manzer through the years came into play - she built the one that I used on the piece “Imaginary Day” and came up with some interesting ideas regarding the kinds of strings that I was using (a wound b string for example) and the way the bridge and tailpiece work together. I later asked her to make a twelve string version with nylon strings which i also really enjoy (“counting texas” from the trio>live record). In recent years, I have not gravitated towards it too much, but I still love playing it."
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