Friday, March 9, 2012
"What about fanned frets?"
Shawn had done his homework. The low C strings would be pretty floppy, otherwise. I was aware of the concept of fanned frets. The Orpharion was a wire-strung, lute-like instrument from the 16th and 17th centuries that employed the multi-scale idea. Essentially, each string has its own scale length, thus the basses can be made a little longer to offset intonation and tension problems. More recently Ralph Novak patented a fanned fret system coupled with some innovative bridge designs for use in his electric guitars.