Our Facebook friend Kirk Dickison shared a video with us featuring this odd, “convertible” bass that allows fast switching between fretted and fretless modes. So we decided to dig around and find out some more.
Mikhail Chtchetinine, inventor of the bass, shares the background for the instrument:
“Having discovered the liberation of fretless guitar music, I went in search of a convertible instrument (fretted to fretless). Imagine my surprise when I found there were none to be had. No one had made one yet. Inspired by music and my technical background, I taught myself how to build guitars and one year later had crafted my first convertible bass guitar.”
Here’s the result:
And one more, close up:
Check out Mikhail’s web site for more.