psw Posted April 18, 2005 Report Share Posted April 18, 2005 I've often considered the idea of stepped frets. Perhaps the most notable and only production guitar I can think of that used them, was the bond guitar from the UK. I always felt that what let this guitar down was it's styling and it's radical use of materials, but most of all, it's bizarrly adventurous active remote powered electronics and digital displays. here's a link which has some photo's of the guitar and it's unique fretboard: bond guitar link Now, while browsing the patents I see a lot of companies have variations on the idea (including gibson as I recall) I found one that proposed an interesting epoxy and glass sphere mix to create frets. I also see that our fretless guitar breathern have quite taken to using actual glass fretboards (or stainless steel like on the viger). It seems like not inconcievable to mould primarily glass/epoxy steps directly to the neck. This would have the advantage of removing a lot of the work in radiusing fretting a neck and with the right mould be very accurate. I dare say you could go crazy and mould the nut on there too. Anyhow, I'd like a bit of feedback on the notion of steps (or perhaps scolups) rather than frets, per se. The reason I wouldn't consider moulding on glass "frets" is that I believe that they would be too fragile. The step design would however provide adequate support. The use of glass is intended to provide a surface that is more wear resistant than the steel in the strings. I have other ideas that may also assist in the materials to help in this regard. So, any opinions of experiences would be greatly appreciated pete Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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