Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Hamburg-HongKong-Miami: at work!
Hey, that's right! I didn't notice that.
I gig from 5 to 7 nights a week and find that some kind of help for seeing the frets is essential. The best help has been to practise and learn to play everything, and I mean EVERYTHING (little runs, solos, you name it), without looking at the board. That's the only way for me. But I can only do that with one guitar, since every guitar is different. I find that it'll work on one, but not when I switch to another; I can get pretty darn close, but not as perfect as on the main guitar.
BTW I play a silver sparkle Talman on stage with a Fishman piezo bridge. And the guitar is tuned down to Bb! Very heavy strings. Mostly because of my voice, but also because I play bass at the same time.
My point to this is that I remember one aid that Fender put on their Danny Gatton Telecasters, a cubic zirconia side dot marker. It would reflect any tiny amount of light, making a dark club situation no problem at all. I always found that to be a cool and very useful idea.