I first came across a fan fretted guitar a number of years back when Amanda and I visited the
wonderful Jeff Traugott
in his Santa Cruz workshop. Until recently I’ve not
been too bothered by the concept, however I’ve been thinking about 5 string
e-mando with a low C and trying to decide upon a suitable scale. It seems to me
that for this application fan frets might be a good way to go.
There’s a fair bit information on t’interweb, but to gain a
real understanding, I like work things through from first principle for myself.
So questions; do the frets really fan i.e. if you project a
line along each fret will they converge at one point and does it matter which
fret is perpendicular to the centreline?
Thinking about geometry; similar triangles etc. the answers
should be yes and no.
So after a bit of drawing and testing I’m satisfied with
my initial premise.
I shall now mull for a few months!
PS CAD free zone :-)