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Comment by Jim Dodds on December 26, 2015 at 4:52pm

Wow! This is way cool, but it looks like no activity since 2011!! I'd like to know what kind of pickup you used and confirm my impression you're in open E tuning with 3rd, 4th and 5th strings.

Thank you!

Comment by charles kimbler on July 23, 2011 at 9:58am
How come you just get better and I just...........................don't
Comment by Habanera Hal on July 17, 2011 at 1:41am
Very nice tone!  How do you have it tuned and what gauge strings do you use?
Comment by Andy Eight Spades CBG on July 16, 2011 at 8:39pm
Awesome git and catchy song. I'm gonna try to learn it. Sweet.....
Comment by swampapple slim on July 16, 2011 at 7:21pm
oh ya it sounds great i cant hear them angled fretts blows me away its against all the rules looks like up to half step how does it tune and INTONATE? thats thinking out the box ,you lost the box .thats definatly a first for me looks set up for begginner whose slide is allways tilted could work im blown away i have to hear it again  and a i like it my first like it award
Comment by swampapple slim on July 16, 2011 at 7:14pm
very trippy ?
Comment by Rand Moore on July 16, 2011 at 6:44pm

Hi All,

Googling on "Fanned Frets" pulled up a lot of interesting links. Here are 3 that I thought were particularly interesting.

1.) Thread on Hand Made Music Club House.

2.) Thread on Mandolin Cafe

3.) Page on Novax Guitars website.


Seems like the rules are rather "loose" as to how you can make fanned frets, but u=you don't really want to angle them at too extreme of an angle as it will adversely affect playability. You also have to decide where the fret that will be at right angles to the side of the neck will be. Some do it at fret 0 (nut), others do it at fret 12, or fret 8. If I understand one of the guys on one of these threads right, all you need is to decide what scale you want for string 1 and what scale you want for string 6 (or whatever your base string is) and then run both those scale lengths through a fret calculator and the plot the series of dots under each respective string, then take a straight edge and connect the 2 dots for each angled fret. You may want to use one of the fret calculator that prints the fret scale out on paper (like wfret.com) and then align these two scales at fret 12 (or 8 or wherever you want your perpendicular fret to be). Does this sound right to you all. When I get back home to China, I think I might try one. They sound interesting.

-Rand.

Comment by Rand Moore on July 16, 2011 at 5:55pm

Hi Brian,

I guess calculating the position for those fanned frets is a bit of a headache to say the least. How did you come up with the measurements? Is there a fret calculator on the Internet somewhere that calculates them? Or perhaps a fret scale with the fanned fret set for a specific scale length? Or is there a secret formula? Would like to know.

 

P.S. That CBG looks and sounds real good! I like the handle, too.

 

-Rand.

Comment by Slowpaw Steve T on July 14, 2011 at 7:18pm
an ergonomicallly designed fretboard!  seems to sound ok, but what is it like on slide ?  (-;
Comment by Ice Bob on July 14, 2011 at 2:29pm
wow faned frets hows it play

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