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FreeNote Guitars and Necks

12-Tone Ultra Plus ® guitar necks are expertly crafted and fretted to allow 36 notes per octave, 13 limit Just Intonation licks, chords, melodies like you've never heard before all while preserving the 12 standard pitches. They come with a manual that covers theory and gives musical examples in both notation and tablature. Now available for $499, these Fender-style necks can be bolted on to the body of your choice providing the most cost effective way yet to get your hands on some microtonal magic. Designed by microtonal guitarist Jon Catler, these necks let you keep the standard 12 frets per octave in place while adding 12 new frets per octave for a total of 24 frets and 36 different pitches per octave. These new frets are 7th, 11th, and 13th Harmonics straight from the Harmonic Series. They can be combined to produce pure Harmony, shimmering dissonance, or anything in between. These high quality necks feature Grover Mini-Rotomatic Tuners for superior tuning stability.

Choice of maple or rosewood fingerboard at no extra charge.

Right and left-handed necks available.

 

photo credit: Joseph A. Rosen

 

FreeNote microtonal necks for guitar and bass - these are hand made in the USA, built to exact Fender scale for direct replacement on any Fender-style guitar or bass body!

Options include 12-Tone Ultra Plus, 31-tone equal, 19-tone equal, or fretless, maple or rosewood fingerboard, right or left handed, Strat or Tele heel, choice of radius (comes standard with Fender radius), guitar or bass. Also available with G&L heel, please inquire.

(Left-handed neck pictured below.)
You may make your payment by PayPal or send your check or money order for $499 plus $30 shipping in the US payable to:
FreeNote Records
2350 Broadway, Suite #240
New York, NY 10024

To Order via PayPal:*FreeNote 12-Tone Ultra Plus ® neck - $499, plus $30 shipping with FREE manual. Click Paypal Button below to order now! (Note: International orders please contact us for standard UPS Shipping rate):

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For further questions, email us. You may always contact us for a custom quote on delivery, including expedited overnight service. (IMPORTANT! When contacting FreeNote Music by email, you must include relevant topics in the subject line such as "microtones," "guitars," etc. Otherwise, it may be deleted as spam.) Note: When attaching a neck to a body, it is important to adhere to common set-up methods to ensure the proper balance between string height, truss rod, and fret height. Great care is taken in the manufacturing process to provide uniform fret levels, although some adjustment may be necessary, and string trees should be added after the strings are put on. *12-Tone Ultra Plus ® is a Registered Trademark of FreeNote Records
**New York state residents please add 8.375% tax of $41.80 to your order ($540.80) plus $30 shipping.

1) FreeNote/G&L 12-Tone Ultra Plus ® Tribute Legacy - $1,099

12-Tone Ultra Plus ® fretting

Maple fingerboard, black w/pearloid pickguard

*includes G&Lgig bag and FREE manual!

*To order this FreeNote/G&L 12-Tone Ultra Plus ® Tribute Legacy for $1,099 (plus $45 for shipping in the US), click the PayPal button below (Note: International orders please contact us for standard UPS Shipping rate):

2) FreeNote/G&L 12-Tone Ultra Plus ® Tribute S-500 in new Tobacco Sunburst -

$1,175

3 Leo Fender-designed MFD single coil pickups
Push-pull expander switch on treble pot
12-Tone Ultra Plus ® fretting
Maple fingerboard
New Tobacco Sunburst finish!
3-ply black pickguard
Leo Fender-designed Dual Fulcrum Vibrato

The new G&L S-500 features one of Leo's favorite pairings: the power of MFD pickups combined with the high porosity mahogany body. Expander switch allows neck+bridge, or all three pickups.
*Includes free gig bag and manual!!

*To order this FreeNote/G&L S-500 in the new Tobacco Sunburst for $1,175 (plus $45 shipping in the U.S.), click the PayPal button below (Note: International orders please contact us for standard UPS Shipping rate):

 

3) FreeNote Fretless Flyer G&L Tribute Legacy (Sunburst) - $1,175

 

FreeNote Fretless Flyer G&L Tribute Legacy in 3-tone Sunburst - This guitar features a FreeNote Fretless neck with a specially treated fingerboard for superior tone and sustain on a G&L Tribute Legacy body. FreeNote Fretless necks are hand made in the U.S.A and feature radiused maple fingerboards treated with multiple layers of a special compound to produce the best fretless guitars currently available.

*includes 2-Tone G&L gig bag ~

*To order this FreeNote Fretless Flyer G&L Tribute Legacy for $1,175 (plus $45 for shipping in the US), click the PayPal button below (Note: International orders please contact us for standard UPS Shipping rate):

 

 

 

4) FreeNote/G&L 12-Tone Ultra Plus ® Tribute Legacy HB in Gloss Black - $1,099

SOLD!!

2 Single Coil vintage alnico G&L CLF-100 pickups
1 G&L AW4368 alnico bridge Humbucker
Push/pull volume for Humbucker coil split
12-Tone Ultra Plus ® fretting
Rosewood fingerboard
New Gloss Black finish
3-ply black pickguard
Leo Fender-designed Dual Fulcrum Vibrato

With it's ideally balanced combination of single coils and splittable bridge Humbucker, this axe plays well in a variety of settings. Rock the house with Classic style!
*Includes free gig bag and manual!!

 

5) FreeNote G&L 31-tone ASAT Deluxe Carved Top in Trans Black - $1,099

SOLD!!

31-tone equal tempered fretting

Twin chrome-covered Alnico pickups mounted in a bound

Flame maple-topped mahogany body

Push/pull tone pot allows single coil tones or full humbucking sounds

One of the beefiest ASAT's ever. A great value on a world class 31-tone guitar.

*includes G&L gig bag

Note: This model also available in Trans Red, and with any of our microtonal necks!

6) FreeNote G&L Tribute JB-2 Bass - $1,099

SOLD!!

 

FreeNote G&L Tribute JB-2 bass
12-Tone Ultra Plus ® fretting
3-Tone Sunburst finish, maple neck
Swamp Ash body
2 G&L Designed Vintage Alnico pickups
G&L Designed Saddle Lock Bridge

*includes G&L two-tone gig bag (pictured above)

7) Fretless FreeNote G&L ASAT Deluxe Carved Top in Trans Black - $1,099

SOLD!

Twin chrome-covered Alnico pickups mounted in a bound

Flame maple-topped mahogany body

Push/pull tone pot allows single coil tones or full humbucking sounds

One of the beefiest ASAT's ever. Makes a killer combination with the specially treated FreeNote Fretless fingerboard, painstakingly applied in radiused layers.

*includes G&L gig bag

Note: This model also available in Trans Red, and with any of our microtonal necks!

8) FreeNote/G&L 12-Tone Ultra Plus ® Legacy HB Floyd Rose - $1,099

SOLD!

12-Tone Ultra Plus ® fretting

Olive Drab Satin, Black pickguard

Rosewood fingerboard

Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo - Only one of these!

*includes G&L gig bag and FREE manual!

SOLD!

 

 

9) NEW FreeNote 12-Tone Ultra Plus ® Fender '51 Pawn Shop Guitar - $1,199

SOLD!

Features an Enforcer humbucking bridge pickup, and a Texas Special single coil neck pickup, a volume knob and a pickup selector knob.

The Pawn Shop Series from Fender mixes classic sounds with new features, and with the FreeNote neck, this is one cool and unique guitar.

*includes G&L gig bag and FREE manual!

 

 

*To order this FreeNote 12-Tone Ultra Plus ® Fender '51 Pawn Shop guitar for $1,199 (plus $45 for shipping in the US), click the PayPal button below (Note: International orders please contact us for standard UPS Shipping rate):

SOLD!

 

 

 

 

10) FreeNote/G&L Tribute ASAT HB with Floyd Rose, Black w/ Black pickguard - $1,199

SOLD!

12-Tone Ultra Plus ® fretting

Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
2 overwound Alnico V humbuckers
1 volume, 1 tone with Push-Pull humbucker splitter
Floyd Rose special locking tremolo
Black Nickel hardware

*includes G&L two-tone gig bag and FREE manual!

This is a one of a kind instrument, last one available!


Also, available -

12-Tone Ultra Plus ® necks without tuners ~

$449, plus $30 shipping with FREE manual.

 

Click below to order now!

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NOW AVAILABLE!!

FreeNote 12-Tone Ultra Plus ® Bass necks!

These are hand crafted in the USA to the highest quality standards, and will fit any Fender-style bass body, such as Jazz or Precision bass. Available with maple or rosewood fingerboard. We are selling these as fast as we can make them, so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery from time of order. (Bass necks for G&L basses also available, contact us).

12-Tone Ultra Plus ® Bass neck $549

(plus $30 shipping within the U.S)

Options: Maple or Rosewood fingerboard

Note: International orders please contact us for standard UPS Shipping rate. Click PayPal Button below to Buy Now!

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**If you want to order a complete G&L bass or a G&L Tribute bass, contact us with your inquiry. Click here to email us with your request


31-tone equal temperament necks now available!


We are now making FreeNote necks with the 31-tone equal tempered tuning system. This popular tuning system features 31 equally spaced frets in the octave, with 3rds and Harmonic 7ths that are very close to pure Harmonic Series pitches. This system is a revelation in terms of giving the ability to play such Harmonic intervals in 31 major or minor keys, as well as allowing the use of the brand new interval of the Neutral third, also available in 31 keys. This Neutral third sits midway between the major and minor thirds, giving a new feeling that is neither major nor minor. Also available in 31 keys are Neutral 6ths, Neutral 7ths, and Neutral 9ths. Price is $549 (plus $30 shipping within the U.S.) Available with Maple (pictured below) or Rosewood fingerboard option.

31-tone equal temperament neck. $549 (plus $30 shipping within the US.) Note: International orders please contact us for standard UPS Shipping rate. Click PayPal Button below to Buy Now!

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19-tone equal temperament guitar necks now available!

We have a limited supply of FreeNote 19-tone equal tempered necks in stock. The 19-tone system is a popular microtonal tuning system that some consider the next step after the current standard 12-Tone Equal. 19-tone provides more consonant major thirds and beautifully in-tune minor thirds/major sixths, as well as intriguing new melodic and harmonic options. As it is an equal temperament, all 19 keys are the same, so modulation to 19 different major or minor keys is possible! Expertly crafted by the FreeNote luthiers and featuring Grover tuners, these are available with Maple or Rosewood fingerboards and fit any standard Fender-style body. Sold without bolt holes so you can perfectly match the neck to your guitar. Price is $549 (plus $30 shipping within the U.S.)

Rosewood 19-tone equal temperament neck. Price is $549 (plus $30 shipping within the US.) Note: International orders please contact us for standard UPS Shipping rate. Click PayPal Button below to Buy Now!

Maple 19-tone equal temperament neck.Price is $549 (plus $30 shipping within the US.) Note: International orders please contact us for standard UPS Shipping rate. Click PayPal Button below to Buy Now!

 

 


Microtonal G&L Guitars

Microtonal Guitars now available from one of America's Best guitar makers. FreeNote is proud to announce that, through an exclusive arrangement with G&L Guitars of California, we are offering microtonally-fretted and fretless G&L Guitars and basses.  These instruments are hand made in the old Fender factory in Fullerton, CA, designed by Leo Fender, and fretted by our own top luthiers.  We are especially happy to unveil the new G&L 12-Tone Plus Guitar, which keeps the standard 12 frets per octave in place, but adds seven more frets per octave in Just Intonation, for a total of 19-frets per octave and 23 different pitches.  The 12-Tone Plus system lets the player retain the tuning system he is used to, but also gives him the option to play pure notes derived directly from the Harmonic Series.  For the first time ever, a major guitar company is getting behind microtonal guitars. Email to discuss your order. (IMPORTANT! When contacting FreeNote Music by email, you must include relevant topics in the subject line such as "microtones," "guitars," etc. Otherwise, it may be deleted as spam.)

~Read the 12-Tone Ultra Plus review from Guitar Player, January 2008 ~

 

12-Tone Plus
64-tone Just Intonation
12-Tone Ultra Plus Bass
Fretless

Microtonal Tuning Systems are available on any model G&L guitar, with any of the options offered by G&L. Prices depend on model/options/tuning system chosen. For more info on G&L models/options, check the G&L website at: www.glguitars.com and contact us for specific prices/ordering.

Available on any model G&L guitar including:
**G&L S500: Strat-style guitar, special pick-ups and switching
**G&L Commanche: Strat-style, Z-coil noiseless pick-ups
**G&L Legacy & Fullerton: Strat-style, vintage voicing
**G&L ASAT Special: Tele-style guitar with P-90 style pick-ups, solid or semi-hollow
**G&L ASAT Classic: Tele-style with vintage voicing, solid or semi-hollow
**G&L ASAT Deluxe: Tele-style with two humbucking pick-ups, coil top, flame top, solid or semi-hollow
**G&L Invader: Shred-style strat with locking tremelo
**G&L L2000: 4-string bass, passive or active switch
**G&L L2500: 5-string bass, passive or active switch
**G&L ASAT Bass: Tele-style bass, 4-string

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