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fretless (not comparable)
(of an instrument) having no frets
fretless (plural fretlesses)
- A stringed instrument without frets on the fingerboard.
- 2006, Adrian Ashton, The Bass Handbook, San Francisco: Backbeat Books, →ISBN, page 47:
- No other machine can produce sounds which are so often described as 'singing', 'purring', 'humming', and 'ringing'. But this array of mellifluous notes doesn't come cheaply: even those who have mastered the fretless to moderate levels of proficiency have been obliged to spend many hundreds of hours on techniques which fretted-bass players either take for granted or simply do not require.