I'm thinking about making an electric, and one of the things im wayin up is wether to have it fretless...
does anyone know of any examples of fretless electrics, all i know is vai's triple neck
what are any problems that may arise?
and would the idea generally work, or would it be to constrictive with what can be played on it?

basically is this a good idea or a waste of time, and how would rhythm/chords work?

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how would rhythm/chords work?

every chord with a fretted note would sound out of tune.
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I know Frank Zappa played one for a while. Makes sense since he was really uptight about tuning.

Edit: Don't expect to get good metal sounds or whatever. Unless you have the right pickups and distortion, in which ase you probably still won't be able to nail a heavy metal tone. Most people who use fretlesses do so in a jazz context.
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I'd want to play a fretless guitar. Not good for rhythm I suppose.
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Chords are difficult at first, some shapes are nigh impossible to play in tune, very quickly you pick up the shapes that work.

So I guess rhythm isn't impossible. What you could theoretically do is make a double neck with a fretted neck for rhythm and a fretless one for lead. With two outputs, you wouldn't even need to fanny about with pedals to change from lead to rhythm tones.
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When chording, you'll develop a knack for quickly realizing which fingers to lean in/out to tune your chords.

Probably sound awful at first.
There are ways to make chords work well. The most difficult chords are ones where you want to fret (but not barre) non-adjacent notes on the same fret. You will just have play around with it, bend some strings into tune during chords, and find alternate tunings that make it easier.
Sounds like a pain for rythm guitarists to me...
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Playing a fretless instrument is a great way to develop a great ear for pitch. Chords shouldn't be too hard after practice, I can do chords on my fretless bass no issues, it's a matter of being able to hear and adjust very quickly eventually you just get a feel for it.
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If I were to make one I'd probably inlay some "frets" to make it easier to learn, or at least put side dots at the exact spot were the fret would be. I imagine chords would be hard to get sounding right, but not impossible.