I have a really rough time playing guitars with blank fretboards. I work around it just fine as long as I stay under the ninth fret, but as soon as I get past that point the fretboard turns into this ocean of notes that I just can't navigate unless I pay very strict attention to my hands. As someone who is frequently playing shows in badly lit venues while trying to run around like a madman and avoiding seizure-inducing strobes, this is a problem.
I love the aesthetics of a blank fretboard, but I also need to sound good live.
Is anyone else in the same boat I am? How difficult is it to get used to the lack of fret markers?
Thanks for taking the time to read, ya bastards.
In my experience it was a quick adaptation - easier than moving to a 7 string guitar, for example. But you're a pretty pro guy and you play a lot, so perhaps it's just the way you think about your hands in relationship to the fretboard, etc.
Glow-in-the-dark side dots can help you a bunch.