What's on your workbench?

Discussion in 'Guitar Building' started by Clsatt, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. gborelli

    gborelli Active Member

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    Hi Leo,

    Thank you for such a quick and awesome response. I had no idea these guitars even existed until Adam did his post on a Fanned Back Fretboard. What an great instrument.

    Gary
     
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    You're most welcome Gary :)

    I really think that fanned frets are a more natural design than straight frets both from an ergonomic point of view and from a tone point of view.

    Fanned guitars share the same design concept with harps and pianos - bass strings are longer and treble strings are shorter - naturally.

    Having strings of the same scale length tuned 2 octaves apart or more makes conventional guitars an extreme case in the world of stringed instrument designs.
     
  3. Jay Jillard

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    Fanned frets are basically the way to go in every aspect of the guitar. I have not been able to find any downside to them, aside from a slightly more difficult construction. completely worth it.

    the only thing that i found that can be tricky, is on EXTREME fans, (say, a 2 inch difference in scale over 6 strings) and if the parallel fret is not properly placed, open chords feel weird.

    but in any realistic sense, a builder would not make a guitar like that. The fans i use/ have played are amazing, especially on bass guitar, where it is both more needed, and also no chords.


    Fanned fret guitars is significantly less wrist strain, especially with bar/power chords. Lead playing is faster, and open chords only take a few minutes to get used to. (i can go back and forth between fan and strait without hesitation)

    I once handed my ff strat to a guy, who has been playing for decades. he picked it up and started playing, and just said 'somethings different about this guitar, it plays so easily.'

    i had to point out to him that it was a fan fret, he hadn't noticed up to that point. not consciously, anyways. It's a natural thing.


    People are cautious of change, especially guitar players who are mentally stuck in the past, believing that the pinnacle of guitar engineering was done by some guys who didn't really know what they were doing, back in the late 50s. Granted, they excelled the guitar so very much, and without leo and Lester, we would not be where we are today.

    this is the wrong thread to be talking about this maybe, but i needed to add in my opinions. i could go on and on with this kind of thing, but i'll end my rant here.
     
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  4. gborelli

    gborelli Active Member

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    Maybe start another thread on this subject? I think it is worth doing. This whole concept is amazing. A question. Is the tuning different from a standard 6 string?

    Thanks,

    Gary
     
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    What's implied in all this is that the string diameters (thickness) do not vary as much as they do on typical 6-string. I've seen a lot of discussion on fret placement but not much on calculating string sizes.

    So, if I'm using 9 - 42's on a 25.5" neck, what would be the range on a fan fret guitar?
     
  6. Murkar

    Murkar Well-Known Member

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    I agree gb - a fanned fret thread is required! :bowdown:
     
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    gborelli Active Member

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    Great, so how about we contact our moderator and have him consolidate all of the posts we have to one thread. Since Sully made it first I propose to that one. Yes?
     
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    Murkar Well-Known Member

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    Well that descended into chaos quickly lol
     
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    Neck is shaped, radiused, drilled, side-dotted, and glued in.

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    New V design.
     
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    Bass body refin I wrapped up today.
     
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    I wish I could do finishes like that.
     
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    I'm working on some diamond inlays for an SG Special that I'm building.

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    Once I get a bit more work done, I'll start a thread. I travel for work, so I'm pretty slow with builds.
     
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    Just put the finishing touches on this little lady
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    Nice! What wood is that?
     
  18. Jay Jillard

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    Black and white ebony, over a curly limba hollowbody. going to be a full carve top, with a very adventurous fretboard.

    also, a seven string. =]
     
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    Incredible!
     
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    Wow, what a beauty!!! :shock: :wub2: :drool:
     
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