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Frets for your violin!
A jig building and fret installing project to follow
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Here it is, 7 years later and my three electric violinss and one acoustic that all have frets on them are still functioning to 100% and I play them all... Just not as much as I wish I could, also interesting that there's been little or no interest from anybody since the last post some 4 years ago.

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cdennyb

Good to see your still kicking  I had wondered how your fiddles with frets on them were working out for you.

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@cdennyb -

Hey, nice to see you back! 

I thought the idea interesting at first - since I play 5-strings, but as time has gone on I keep seeing more players of fretted instrument going fretless, or flush-fretted, which seems just like training tapes on a violin.  Plus, the fingerboard of a Violin or Viola is so much shorter than the neck on a guitar or banjo. 

You could probably stir up some more interest, maybe show us how great the frets work for you now? 

Would LOVE if you post some of your videos in the share or critique headings - OR, join any of the current or past 'Parties' with a video of yourself playing your fretted violins! 

 

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How can you play using pythagorean tuning if you have frets installed. Frets would also affect intonation, unless they are completely flat, what you have effectively is a bowed mandolin.

I honestly dont see the point.

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Not sure I'd like to play with frets--but those fingerboards that cdennyb made (pics at beginning of thread) are beautiful!

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I put a  fretted fingerboard on my inexpensive eBay fiddle, it's pretty good for me. I bought it online from fretted violins . Just the 7 fret model though, the full version seemed quite expensive. 

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Interesting,

@TPJ54. Iwould keep an eye that the tuned violin and fingering matches up with the fingerboard frets. If it isn't tuned accurately, the frets won't be in the proper place. It is the same thing when tapes are used. 

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TPJ54

Welcome to the forum, 

Fretted fiddles are becoming more available especially in electric versions.

Mark

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A long time ago I tried the stick-on fretboard on a cheapo violin. Intonation was bad. I might have been able to improve the intonation by adjusting the position of the bridge, but it didn’t seem worthwhile. It made more sense to figure out how to play correctly without frets.

And I did have a brief opportunity once to test a fretless bass guitar. It seemed pretty intuitive, I liked it. I didn’t have enough time to get good at it, but for some reason bass guitar intonation seemed easier than violin. Maybe the longer scale made it more accessible --  ??

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