#1
Well Im working on a build now but Im already thinking about what I want to build next and I love to experiment so Ive had a few things that I would like to try and Im wondering if I could possibly try all of them together in one instrument.

First of all, I love extended range instruments and I have built a 12 string touch-style already so I want to build an eight string guitar which I know I can do. But my love for touch-style instruments introduced me to multiscale instruments (fanned fret systems) and I really would like to try that. Another thing is I love fretless instruments and the thought of a fretless guitar intrigues me greatly (yes i know plenty of people play them). To my understanding, fanned fret systems really only need the angled nut and bridge. Would it be ok if I were to build a fretless multiscale instrument?

Also, I love hybrid instruments, so I have since found triple octave stringed instruments like Zon's hyperbass. I want to translate the concept of the deep cutaway (allowing for a third octave) into a guitar. This may have been done before, I dont know. Also, in order to make the higher frets more playable, this would likely be more like baritone guitar.

So would it be feasible to build an 8 string multiscale, fretless, triple octave, baritone guitar? Or would any part of one of these features overstep something on another?
Is there anything extra that I would need to consider (wood choice, shape in terms of structural strengh, etc.) to make this actually work? I know how to build instruments, i just mean is there anything that these features alone or together will bring to the table that I should prepare for?

And yes this sounds ridiculous but I really do plan on trying this at some point. I just get tired of the same old things over and over! As much as I am a guitar guy, I admire the trend in custom bass guys that demands creativity of the form, the wood, even the instrument itself that guitar guys seem to lack. We dont question things as much. We just say "I want a strat but change that horn a tad so that its custom and unique..."

Any advice/help is greatly appreciated!
#2
What would be the point of a fretless multiscale?
IT really wouldn't add much to the comfortablity or ergonomicness (is that a word?) of the fretboard, you'd just have the extended range.

Imo, you'd be better off just building a fretless Baritone if all you want is the extended range.


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#3
that would be hella hard to play. A fretless multiscale. You have to have extremely precise muscle memory to play on one.
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What would be the point of a fretless multiscale?
IT really wouldn't add much to the comfortablity or ergonomicness (is that a word?) of the fretboard, you'd just have the extended range.

Imo, you'd be better off just building a fretless Baritone if all you want is the extended range.


Well Im not thinking about the ergonomics too much. I care about it but its not my focus. The point would be for better intonation from string to string
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Quote by apak
that would be hella hard to play. A fretless multiscale. You have to have extremely precise muscle memory to play on one.


hahaha I know but Im not opposed to minimal fret markings. I would probably have some sort of inlay markers.
There is one idea that I remember seeing and really liked in terms of fret markings. Ill look for it again and post it here.
#6
This is the image I mentioned. I really like this! It might just be enough fret markers to allow the player to get his bearings.

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This is the image I mentioned. I really like this! It might just be enough fret markers to allow the player to get his bearings.


looks neat. Is that an inlay or frets? How cool would it be to have frets for 3-4 strings and none on 2-3.
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looks neat. Is that an inlay or frets? How cool would it be to have frets for 3-4 strings and none on 2-3.


lol well in that pic I think its just temporary marks for fret markers to be put in later instead of actual frets. Ive never seen that bass finished so Im just assuming. Ive seen customs before that have actual frets that only cover part of the neck and its definitely unique but I would rather not do frets and just have markers. That way I have a fretless capable of quarter tones but its still playable.
#10
Do it... There's no reason why this wouldn't work. I disagree with whomever said the comfortable ergonomics wouldn't be there. Why would that be the case?

Also, Blashyrkh nice.
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Do it... There's no reason why this wouldn't work. I disagree with whomever said the comfortable ergonomics wouldn't be there. Why would that be the case?

Also, Blashyrkh nice.


Yeah, I dont think there will be any issues, I was just wanting some thoughts because when I thought about it, it sounded pretty ridiculous. lol. Also I think he was just saying it would be difficult to play/adjust to because the fret spacing would be different and he assumed that I would have no fret markers. Which means there would be a steep learning curve. However I would have some sort of markers.

Niiice.. Are you an Immortal fan?
#12
A casual admirer, I would say... I saw their "last gig" in 2003. And we listen to Battles in the North on the cassette deck when we're driving to gigs in old borrowed cars.
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A casual admirer, I would say... I saw their "last gig" in 2003. And we listen to Battles in the North on the cassette deck when we're driving to gigs in old borrowed cars.


Im into everything metal but Immortal has a special place for me because they were one of my starting points... hence the reference. lol. I love it all but Im mostly an "At the heart of winter" or "sons of northern darkness" man myself.