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Thread #111976 Message #2364127
Posted By: Mooh
12-Jun-08 - 08:25 AM
Thread Name: Tech: fan fret guitars
Subject: RE: Tech: fan fret guitars
Played many, owned none. I really dug a Dingwall 5 string electric bass with fan frets, and a friend has made a fan fret "fiddolin" (essentially a five string mandolin). Beneteau has made fan fret instruments and I believe Don Ross has one. Greenfield makes them too, and I tried one a while back.
I don't find the fan off-putting at all, though it may be easier to play on the longer scales I've tried, like the Dingwall.
The one instrument I'd like to try with fan frets would be a tenor banjo. Also, for baritone, and 7 string guitars there may be less compromise on scale length. If I didn't already have a baritone...
Having already got many fine instruments may mean that this innovation won't hit my collection, but if I was shopping for a new custom guitar, it would definately be a consideration. Maybe a 7 string?