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So, I'm just getting back into the world of acoustic blues playing after some 12 or so years in which I didn't pick up a guitar. The CGB world has got me excited to play again. I'm interested in the differences between fretted and fretless CGB's before I buy one. I only ever played fretted before. Whats the pro's and cons between the two types?
Hi Josiah. I also burn fretlines on my CBGs. You can play them with a slide or (if you set the nut deep) you can also play a fretless guitar (like the Oud which is played in North Africa/Arabia). It's not easy to play chords (you need a lot of training to make them sound properly) but if you play single notes you can make nice tones even without a slide. Just try it.
Mine are all fretless and I lost my slide in my messy shop so I play it like Thorsten said and they sound great, like a cigar box guitar. CBG's are meant to be fun, not over-thought.
Well fretles is easier to play slide But if ya think ya cant play cord shapes with a fretles go look at some of Shane Speals vids It is an eye opener