True Temperment Frets..

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    jmp45 Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have an idea what guitar this is? Nice Holdsworth inspired clip too.

     
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    I like it, but would prefer a carbon fiber neck w/stainless frets. It doesn't look like it would be much fun refretting and dressing as is.
     
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    they do fanned guitars too. I like this bass:

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    Love the shape of the 2 horns! :dude:

    The pic only of the guitar fret board throws me off, but video its not as wavy.
    The pic has a "fun house" type mirror thing going on.

    I have you played a bass like this.

    Thats a bridge that allows each string to ring individually, no.....
     
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    I've picked up a few fan fret guitars/basses & tried them out, but I can't honestly say that I've really played them.

    I think, since the individual bridges are coupled, they probably pass resonation off to each other.

    I do have a Status headless, w/ graphite fingerboard...

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    Now that was cool ...
     
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    Fanned is multiscale and mathematically kosher

    TrueTemp is wild raving lunacy since it has no repeating pattern and inconsistent fret to fret distance and weird irregular zags that seem to he created either to make bends sound wacky or just to look badass never mind the functionality.... screw that
     
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    Not for a million bucks unless I had a few hits of orange sunshine for support.
     
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    But would that help with those already squiggly frets?
     
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    That is one Beautiful Bass! :dude:
     
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    I got an opportunity to play my buddies True Temperament Tele this week …… I had never even held one until then …… Weird to look at …… A Dream to Play !!
    Played some jazzy chords and I was surprised that it doesn't feel strange to play at all ……Bends sounded awesome too !!
     
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    thanks! She gets jealous though, because I've been using my jazz lately...

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    (btw: that's my ISO box in the background)

    I use the jazz because it's passive & I hate replacing batteries - ok, I'm too lazy to change them... :)...

    I recently wired my jazz w/ some new Bartolini pickups. I wired both pickups in series & it only has a 1 meg pot. So, it's kind of wired like Van Halen's Frankenstrat. Only a single volume knob & full of tone. Wiring in series, it has about 30% more volume & especially in the upper & lower mid's.

    I don't have a shot of my Jazz done the way it is now. I also painted the front white. I stripped the front down & painted/lacquered it. The back has the old '80s, still black painted over look. It's a Warmoth, I bought in the '90s for $200. The guy threw in a fretless neck, so I got the body & 2 necks.

    I wore out the nut recently on the fretless, so I slapped the fretted back on. This is before. I threw some Silver Jubilee knobs on her & she has a Fender bridge, from my '83 Precision, instead of that old Dimarzio (by Kahler) high mass bridge...

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    What squiggly frets, man?:hippie:
     
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    Lol, sunshine.. ;) So you take a file to your guitars with shimmering, sweeping colors obscuring your vision. I want to to see some of that fret work .. :applause:
     
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    @Dogs of Doom

    Great pics and info!

    I noticed your Washburn has 2 strap buttons.. Is it really heavy or what..LOL

    I've always wanted to try a 1 meg pot on my guitars.

    Never played a fretless anything.. Is that easier on the fingers...
     
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    thanks... I'm not sure about the extra strap button, I think it's so when you put the bass on the ground (like I did there), the tuners aren't touching the ground. I've never used it for anything other than that. It's not that heavy. The main part of the body is Maple. The wing tops are Walnut. It's probably the best balanced bass, as w/ the neck, it never wants to dive & the body just sits, w/o pulling any direction.

    The 1 meg pot... It really depends on what you've got going & what you want to do. If your guitar sounds ice picky, thin, trebly, or quacky, you might not want to use one. At least by it's self. It you have a tone knob, you can dial it down, but, I find sometimes, tone knobs can dull the tone, rather than just lower the treble, if you know what I mean...

    re: fretless... It depends on what strings. Many people use flat wound, or ½ round strings. Using either of those fret or fretless, will be easier on the fingers. Flatwounds don't have the brilliance of roundwounds. Some people prefer this anyway.

    Fretless is a whole different monster. It's all about intonation. I go through fazes, where, like now, I would probably struggle a bit to intonate, for a while. After a while, you learn to slide & vibrato into your note, if you miss a little, but, most time, it's those little slides & wiggles that make the fretless have that magic.

    I have another fretless, that I need to set up. Interestingly, the bass is a copy of a Warwick, but the bridge is like the Status, in setup. It has a funky bridge, where 4 screws (on the sides) hold everything together. When you loosen the screws, all the saddles move. Also, whoever designed it, didn't do it right, because the fret markers (on the side) actually are where the dot inlays go, not marking the 3-5-7-9-12, etc. frets, where they actually are...

    So, when I build up some patience, I'll tackle it. It has EMG actives...
     
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    along w/ true temperament frets, there's also the microtonal ones...

     
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