Can anyone pls post some links to audio that demonstrates the tonal differences that fanned frets provide? Ideally, the same person playing the same tune on the same make and model of axe, just with fanned vs standard fretboard...
I'm sure it's out there, prolly on the same server that has verified video of Bigfoot and chicken's teeth for purchase :-)
Seriously, though, unless as many variables as possible are eliminated, it seems like it would be hard to pin down exactly what the difference in sound would be. Maybe I'm clueless and it's totally obvious. Anyhoo, if all-y'all can post some links to examples of the glorious sound of fanned frets, that would be great!
My friend Google passed this along; IDK whether it is representative. It seems to underscore that lots of things, including personal preferences of the player for tone/pickups/amp can influence the sound:
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10-11-2018, 09:08 PM #31
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10-11-2018, 10:05 PM #32
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10-13-2018, 07:33 AM #33
People play fanned frets for many reasons. Some folks who play in DADGAD or other dropped tunings want the extra scale length on the bass strings. I have seen as much as 1” (25.4 mm) differentials. Others like myself, appreciate the subtle timbral enhancement of a smaller differential such as 1/4” - 1/2” (6.4 - 12.7 mm) in standard tuning.
I think the tonal enhancement while subtle, is clear when playing the instrument, but is unlikely to be captured in a Youtube video. The best way I can describe it is those of you who have played 24.9” and 25.4” scaled guitars. To my ear the shorter scale excels in the sweetness of their treble strings but are usually missing a bit in the power of the low E and A strings. A long scale has great power in the bass strings but lacks the timbral sweetness of a short scale.
A multi-scale (the term fan fret is owned by Novax) can offer the best of both worlds. While the slanted frets look like they will be difficult to adjust to when playing, they actually are easy to get used to. It really takes a few minutes and you forget it.
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10-13-2018, 10:05 AM #34
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There is good info from The Man (including a highly technical lecture).
I had the opportunity to rehearse (and later perform) with one of the first-call bassists in my area a while back. After we ended a tune, he stopped and looked at my Novax, and said, "Man, that is one of the clearest guitars I've ever heard!" I pointed to my amp, "You mean a clean sound?" "No," he said, "the guitar -- I can hear every note in the chords!" Although anecdotal, it supports Novak's discussion.
10-13-2018, 06:15 PM #35
10-13-2018, 06:17 PM #36
It has been a very busy week so apart from a bit of work on the body forms, no exciting pics to share at the moment, folks.
My wife and I brought home a new apprentice late last week, and she's adorable.Jay