Ned Evett

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Ned Evett
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Ned Evett with his trademark fretless mirrored-glass and steel resonator, the "Globro”
Background information
Birth name Edward Duncan Evett
Born (1967-05-09) May 9, 1967 (age 50)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Rock, blues, Americana, Delta blues, instrumental rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, fretless guitar, mandolin, piano
Associated acts Joe Satriani, Built to Spill
Notable instruments
The "Globro"

Ned Evett (born May 9, 1967) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for inventing and playing the fretless glass-necked guitar.


Edward (Ned) Duncan Evett was born in Nashville Tennessee, United States. A son of a university English professor and an opera singer mother, Evett excelled at music; first playing the ukulele at the age of 11, progressing to the classical guitar and giving his first professional performance at the age of sixteen. He then won a classical guitar scholarship, but dropped out before graduating to play in rock bands around the US.[1]

Ned Evett began playing fretless guitar in 1990 on a modified stratocaster. He first appeared in print in Fingerstyle Magazine's 'Bizarre Guitars' profile, who stated "Ned Evett will make you reconsider the plucked-string instrument".[2]

Ned Evett developed the use of glass fingerboards for fretless guitar in 1996.[3] In 1996 Ned Evett played the fretless glass-necked guitar with Warner Brothers Recording artists Built To Spill, on their album "The Normal Years". [4]

In 2003, Evett won the North American Rock Guitar Competition and, in 2004, PBS Television broadcast a documentary about the competition titled Driven To Play.[5]

The competition launched a series of high-profile opening concert performances for Evett with notable musicians, including Joe Satriani, The Allman Brothers, John Fogerty, George Thorogood, Eric Johnson, Kansas, and Leon Russell.[6]

In December 2003, USA Today described Ned Evett as "The perfectly sane and vastly entertaining master of the fretless glass-neck guitar".[7]

In 2007, Guitar Player Magazine described Ned Evett as "The world's first fretless guitar rockstar".[8]

In 2012, Ned Evett released "Treehouse", his sixth solo record, produced in Nashville Tennessee by musician Adrian Belew.[9]

An animated filmmaker as well, Ned Evett and Grammy-nominated musician Joe Satriani co-created the original animated series "Crystal Planet", currently in development.[10] http://


  • Built To Spill "The Normal Years" (1993)
  • An Introduction to Fretless Guitar (2000)
  • Fretless Guitar Masters (2001)
  • Circus Liquor (2003)
  • Evett/Vigroux (2004)
  • iStole (2004)
  • Village of the Unfretted (2005)
  • Middle of the Middle (2007)
  • Afraid For You (2010)
  • Treehouse (2012)

Television appearances[edit]

  • Driven to Play PBS (2004)


  1. ^ "Ned Bio". Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "bizarre guitars". Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ DeRiso, Nick. "Ned Evett – Treehouse (2012)". Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ DeRiso, Nick. "Ned Evett – Treehouse (2012)". Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ DeRiso, Nick. "Ned Evett – Treehouse (2012)". Something Else. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pollstar". Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ "USA Today". Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Guitar Player Magazine". Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Treehouse". musicnewsatlanta/. Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Crystal Planet". guitaraficionado/. Retrieved July 30, 2016. 

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