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I know an old, broken down guy (well... ok... "Yours Truly") who prefers fretless because the fingers on his left hand scream in pain when when he tries to fret a guitar like he did 50-60 years ago. : /
Howdy Jim - If you are really located in Tucson, then watch out amigo....I'm going to have questions for you over coffee sometime....my buy! (I commute between Tucson and Tombstone.)
Is there much interest in CBG in Tucson? Up until a week ago, I had never heard of a CBG.
Lots of good info there....I did a quick 'read-thru' and now will want to go back over what you wrote and digest it. I have a 3-string 'fretted' CBG coming to me in a couple of weeks. Will be my first attempt to play a guitar of any type. So I gots lots to learn! No doubt a boat load of practicing is required. Based on my "excitement level" thusfar, I can already see a 'fretless' CBG in my future.
Be watching for additional questions from this here 'newbie'. I am going to need some advice.
Thank you for your help.
My best answer is play both, of course! You can build one for less than $20 each.