Name: Fretless Guitar.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.222.5.
Inventor: Pandit Vassant Rai.
Tuning: B F# B G B E
Scale Length: mm.
Region: South Asia.
Description: This instrument was originally a standard classical guitar. It was later modified to exhibit the same properties of the melody strings on the sarod. The modification was done in a manner in where the original fretboard was removed and a polished steel fretless fingerboard was fitted onto the neck. it was developed and played by sarode player Pandit Vassant Rai during the early 1980s. The tuning is altered from standard E A D G B E to B F# B G B E respectively.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Pandit Vassant Rai performing the Alap of Rag Darbari Kannada on his modified fretless guitar 1981 / youtube / ;