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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:12 am 
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Is that Frank doing slide guitar on can't afford no shoes?
Sounds like it to me.
If so, anymore sliding frank?
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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:12 am 
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Thanks to the esteemed member who provided this info.
"Q: Do you ever play slide guitar?
FZ: No, but I do have a fretless guitar, and I'm pretty good on that. At one time Acoustic manufactured a fretless guitar, they made a prototype and tried to interest people in it, but nobody wanted it. So the prototype ended up at Guitar Center. I walked in there one day and asked them if they had anything new, and they said, "Have we got one for you!" And they brought out this thing, and it was really neat, so I bought it for $75. The only restriction was they had to take a chisel and some black paint and scratch off the word "Acoustic" on the headpiece, because Acoustic didn't want anybody to know that they had made such a grievous error as to make a fretless guitar. I've put a Barcus-Berry on that, too, and I send the magnetic pickup to the left and the Barcus on the right The thing that sounds like a sllde guitar on "The Torture Never Stops" is actually a fretless. It's also on "San Ber'dino" and "Can't Afford No Shoes" (both from One Size Fits All). It's different than a regular guitar; you don't push the strings to bend them, you move them back and forth like violin-type vibrato, which is a funny movement to get used to. But you can play barre chords on it - it's fun."
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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
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The fretless guitar is also in "Down In De Dew."


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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:50 pm 
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deuce wrote:
Thanks to the esteemed member who provided this info.
"Q: Do you ever play slide guitar?
FZ: No, but I do have a fretless guitar, and I'm pretty good on that. At one time Acoustic manufactured a fretless guitar, they made a prototype and tried to interest people in it, but nobody wanted it. So the prototype ended up at Guitar Center. I walked in there one day and asked them if they had anything new, and they said, "Have we got one for you!" And they brought out this thing, and it was really neat, so I bought it for $75. The only restriction was they had to take a chisel and some black paint and scratch off the word "Acoustic" on the headpiece, because Acoustic didn't want anybody to know that they had made such a grievous error as to make a fretless guitar. I've put a Barcus-Berry on that, too, and I send the magnetic pickup to the left and the Barcus on the right The thing that sounds like a sllde guitar on "The Torture Never Stops" is actually a fretless. It's also on "San Ber'dino" and "Can't Afford No Shoes" (both from One Size Fits All). It's different than a regular guitar; you don't push the strings to bend them, you move them back and forth like violin-type vibrato, which is a funny movement to get used to. But you can play barre chords on it - it's fun."
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Thanks, great! Does anyone have a photo and did he play it onstage?

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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
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I don't think he ever played it onstage.


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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
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Patrick O'Hearn played a fretless bass with Frank. It would have been cool to see the two of them playing with their frets off...

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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
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is there a picture of the guitar not being played on stage?
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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
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While changing strings, Frank mentions a fretless Strat and says we're gonna hear it in a minute. (audio only - 1982)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtLKP04qJTg


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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
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http://www.unfretted.com/loader.php?LINK=history

Here's a page about fretless guitars although I don't know if it has a photo of the one Zappa used in the 70's.


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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:13 am 
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is there a picture of the stage?


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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:45 am 
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Mr. Nice Guy wrote:
While changing strings, Frank mentions a fretless Strat and says we're gonna hear it in a minute. (audio only - 1982)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtLKP04qJTg

Don't sound fretless though at 6.25min that is slide for sure which is pointless on a fretless.

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 Post subject: Re: frank sliding
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deuce wrote:
Thanks to the esteemed member who provided this info.
"Q: Do you ever play slide guitar?
FZ: No, but I do have a fretless guitar, and I'm pretty good on that. At one time Acoustic manufactured a fretless guitar, they made a prototype and tried to interest people in it, but nobody wanted it. So the prototype ended up at Guitar Center. I walked in there one day and asked them if they had anything new, and they said, "Have we got one for you!" And they brought out this thing, and it was really neat, so I bought it for $75. The only restriction was they had to take a chisel and some black paint and scratch off the word "Acoustic" on the headpiece, because Acoustic didn't want anybody to know that they had made such a grievous error as to make a fretless guitar. I've put a Barcus-Berry on that, too, and I send the magnetic pickup to the left and the Barcus on the right The thing that sounds like a sllde guitar on "The Torture Never Stops" is actually a fretless. It's also on "San Ber'dino" and "Can't Afford No Shoes" (both from One Size Fits All). It's different than a regular guitar; you don't push the strings to bend them, you move them back and forth like violin-type vibrato, which is a funny movement to get used to. But you can play barre chords on it - it's fun."
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That is awesome, thanks for posting that.

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