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It's possible of course, but it's sort of a compromise when it comes to string height. A very low action makes it difficult to slide without bumping frets, and a high action is hard to fret without intonation problems and sore fingers.
The dime and nickel test is a good start but it's not set in stone. I'd just go a tiny bit higher than that and be careful not to press the slide too heavily on the strings.
Thank you for your input. Yeah, I see what you mean because the problem with low strings for slidin' is bumpin' the frets. I guess no frets=no bumps. But in your opinion is fretless harder to play?
Fretless is always "harder" because you have to listen... it's so easy to be a few milimeters off or have your slide crooked. Finger style requires much more precision.... That's what makes the things Shane does so amazing...
I have several songs in my rep. that I play "slide style" on a fretted three string. "She's just a Friend" is one of those... All those barre chords are really slide positions without the slide. I get to throw in that 2nd string shuffle to make it more interesting and I have done it fretless, but it is hard to do that and get the sound clean... not muddy from the finger work being out of position a minor fraction....
Anyway, try it all. Each style has a different sound....
Ron Mason said:Thank you for your input. Yeah, I see what you mean because the problem with low strings for slidin' is bumpin' the frets. I guess no frets=no bumps. But in your opinion is fretless harder to play?