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Jack Turlington


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Toccoa, GA, USA
Post  Posted 11 Aug 2019 6:45 am    
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Last night I played a big outdoor show, and the only lights were super bright LED’s along the front edge of the stage. They were at a perfect height to blind me so bad I couldn’t even see my fretboard. Luckily I had a little magnetic grill light that helped, but it wasn’t enough. It saved me but made for a very long, tedious night.
I used to always wear a hat, but these lights were coming at me from below.
I’ve seen a lighted fretboard overlay on the Forum somewhere but it’s been awhile. Any suggestions would be welcome.
Anybody out there solved this problem?
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Barry Blackwood


Post  Posted 11 Aug 2019 8:00 am    
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Try this.

https://www.google.com/search?q=illuminated+fretboard+for+steel+guitar&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiertaEl_vjAhWLiFQKHSq9Az4Q_AUImwQoAQ&biw=1024&bih=579
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Garry Vanderlinde


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Surf City
Post  Posted 11 Aug 2019 11:46 am    
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I've used those clip on lights made for music stands or book reading, but I like this big one that Norm Hamlet uses.


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Roger Rettig


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Naples, FL
Post  Posted 11 Aug 2019 3:04 pm    
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I've had to play in very dark conditions either on stage or in the wings at a theatre. The lighting designers won't tolerate any distractions but I've had to insist on some illuminations or they can 'suffer the consequences'!!! (extreme pitchiness).

I now carry some small 'buds' that are LED lights and can attach to the front apron.

I love the look of the new MSAs with their lighted fretboards but my occasional need for one doesn't justify a whole new ($6000) guitar.
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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post  Posted 11 Aug 2019 9:29 pm    
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Sadly, Richard Topping gave up with his fretboards.
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Malcolm McMaster


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Beith Ayrshire Scotland
Post  Posted 11 Aug 2019 11:17 pm    
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I was greatly surprised at the lack of interest in Richard’s fret boards, they were very reasonably priced and easy to put in place.
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Jack Turlington


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Toccoa, GA, USA
Post  Posted 13 Aug 2019 2:10 pm    
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Thanks for the imput guys. Roger, what kind of buds are you talking about?
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Jeremy Threlfall


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now in Western Australia
Post  Posted 13 Aug 2019 8:22 pm    
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the sunshine coming out of the singer's butt is generally adequate lighting for me
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Johnny Cox


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Post  Posted 13 Aug 2019 8:46 pm    
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LFrets by MSA.
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Bob Hoffnar


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Austin, Tx
Post  Posted 13 Aug 2019 9:43 pm    
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I keep a clip on music stand light handy . I have used the flashlight in my phone before also. Just lay it sideways in the tuning keys.
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Greg Milton


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Melbourne, Australia
Post  Posted 14 Aug 2019 3:36 am    
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Jeremy Threlfall wrote:
the sunshine coming out of the singer's butt is generally adequate lighting for me


Nice one, Jeremy!
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Lee Baucum


From:
McAllen, Texas (Extreme South) The Final Frontier
Post  Posted 14 Aug 2019 9:17 am    
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I usually just get by with my shining personality!

Cool
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