A concise dictionary of the fretless guitar
Air-fretless-guitar n. Imaginary invisible instrument requiring excessively accurate finger technique.
Banza n. fretless guitar like instrument found in Haiti, four strings, gourd and skin soundboard.
Barbat n. persian lute that unfortunately aquired frets in the 11th century.
Betterfun adj. mirror anagram of unfretted.
Bi-fretual adj. of a person, meaning one who plays fretted and unfretted guitars. attrib. Ed DeGenaro (2007)
Cross n. simultaneous act of sliding strings in opposite directions, resulting in some notes rising and some falling.
Cs, Csh n. Turkish banjo style instrument, fretless, 12 strings in groups of two.
Fernandes n. manufacturer of range of fretless guitars.
Fret v. To worry.
Fretter slang n. Non-fretless guitarist.
Glissentar n. 11 string fretless guitar based on the Oud, manufactured by Godin.
Godin n. manufacturer of Multiac Nylon Fretless Guitar, with piezo and Roland outputs
Jack n. socket / plug combo.
Munging adj. Raising pitch slowly and returning to original note.
Nail-stop n. Holding a string down with the fingernail, sometimes for more accuracy, sometimes for more sustain.
Nuit de la Fretless n. Festival held every 18 months organised by Franck Vigroux.
Ngoni n. a traditional African four-stringed fretless instrument from Mali.
Oud n. Turkish fretless lute, eleven strings, five pairs and a single bass string.
Quack n. A short, sharp unwanted burst from a MIDI enabled guitar 'Oops!'.
Rabab n. Ancient fretless skin-covered lute in existance for 2000 years.
Sartar n. A cross between a Guitar and an Indian Sarod. Inventor - Edward Powell (pic in our Gallery)
Smooth Axe n. Fretless Guitar, (July 2007 - Jahloon) "So if an already famous guitarist
took up the , that would be the role model catalyst." smooth axe
Sustainer n. Fernandes Sustainer (trade mark) bowing device mounted in the neck pick up to provide infinite sustain.
Tanbur n. Ancient fretless forerunner of the guitar.
Unfretted adj. 1) Without frets. 2) Mythical state of mind, without worries.
Vigier n. Manufacturer of the fretless surfretter guitar.
VG-88 n. Roland guitar modelling pedalboard, see our patches page.
VG-99 n. Roland guitar modelling unit. More info soon.
Zing v. Fast slide up more than four semitones and return to original note. Sitar bend (qv).