#1
Apologies in advance if this has been posted before, but I was just browsing Youtube aimlessly out of boredom when I came across this video;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB7c3OsZHNE

If you watch around 0:20 and 0:47 he adjusts something sticking out at the base of the fretboard, and the frets actually retract, effectively swapping the bass between fretted and fretless mode.

I've never heard of this before... has anyone else seen or heard of any basses like this? Or know where to get them?
#4
that guy is weak with his fingerstyle but that bass is sick.i've never heard of anything like that.
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#5
Wow, that's pretty awesome.
Gotta say I really didn't like the sound of what he was doing with the fretless, though.

But, that function is pretty cool, I'm not sure how that would actually work.
#6
HoOoOoOoLy Shite!!!!!

...I want one.
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#7
I've seen that before, but I cant really imagine it being particularly practical (or easy to make). What if one of those frets doesn't retract properly or is a millimeter out? Both your fretted and fretless playing will be thrown by it.
#10
wow. . . thats freaking awesome xD
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#11
I remember a thread about this exact video, but whatever, it's a cool thing and should be talked about. VERY expensive though.

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#12
ah. the frets spin my brother.

they are round, with a flat side. it is very cool.
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#13
Wow.

Well screw every other bass out there huh? Can anyone elses bass do that? Didnt think so :/
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#14
I recall another thread some time ago about this exact video.

Anyways, things like this have been done before. Steinberger made an one-off prototype, an "experimental" bass with retractable frets that folded down into the fretboard by turning a knob at the top of the neck.
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#15
I think I just jizzed. Beats Ibanez's fretted and fretless design.
#16
DUDE!!

i just crapped my pants
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#17
Looks like the fingerboard is completely flat from those pictures. I imagine that would take some getting used to. I tried playing a nylon string classical guitar with a flat fingerboard, and could never get used to the feel of it.

Regardless, though, I'd still love to try one if I can ever get my hands on one.
Last edited by Cosmo420 at Aug 27, 2010,