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Novatone switchboards

I was looking in an old Guitar Player the other day and saw an ad I had forgotten about for something called Novatone Switchboards. Go from fretted to fretless in seconds. Are these guys still around? or does anyone know anything about the company or if they worked or not?

Thanks, Matt
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Re: Novatone switchboards

1/1/2002 5:54 PM

Brad Mock (17334) wrote:

As far as I know Novatone is long gone, you will occasionally see one of the basses pop up. Those basses worked pretty well but as you might imagine a fretboard held in place by magnets lacked a bit of the sonic coupling that happens with a more solid glue joint. I won't say that they sucked but the difference in tonality is certainly noticable and didn't apeal to me.