Wooden Sax

Baritone Fretless

Hammertine 4
This baritone guitar has a funny backstory: I originally built it to be a fretted guitar with a clever system allowing it to play in multiple scales of different equal divisions per octave. It turned out that I had not run the numbers properly prior to building, and the clever system didn’t work: the equal divisions in non-12 tunings turned out not to be equal. So I remade the instrument as a fretless guitar. It helps that the strings are longer than those of the standard guitar: the greater mass of the longer strings gives them more sustain, so the sound isn’t plinky as it would be on a fretless at standard string scale.

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