Name: Fretless Guitar.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Guitar > Type >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.5/6
Tuning: F# B# F# G B E
Inventor: Pandit. Vassant Rai [1942–1985].
Region: North America.
Description: the guitar depicted in the photo is played by Pandit Vassant Rai [1942–1985] who also played the sarode. The photo to the left, depicts him in pose with his custom modified fretless guitar.
Construction: Rather than manually removing the frets; the original guitar was a conventional nylon six string classical guitar. Although the nylon strings were kept. The fingerboard was replaced with the polish steel finger plate from the sarod. The tuning and technique are reflected in his playing.
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