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Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by elihu, Sep 14, 2020.
use a patch. Patch AND ball was the norm. Now cotton patch vs wool. THAT's the question.
It's probably safe to ignore circle frets. Gimmick inducing.
A correctly crowned fret will have only point contact with the string. So the frets could be spherical dots and be as effective of a tangential contact patch (never stable though).
FGN makes nice guitars though.
When you see true temperment zig-zag frets they don't describe an arc.
Or Fanned Frets ...
There is a segment of buyers who really get into all the stylized frets, so to those buyers the circle frets will be a very in-demand popular feature. Like catnip for cool cats.
Can't blame the Marketers for pandering to their desires.
They claim that this solves a problem of “three different scale lengths” because the strings aren’t perfectly parallel to each other and the bridge is assumed to be as straight-across as the nut and each fret are (normally).
The E’s being longest, A and B medium, and D and G shortest since those two run nearly perfectly perpendicular to the nut and bridge while the outside strings are slightly angled away from perpendicular, meaning they have farther to go.
But anyone who’s ever done a setup or had it done is already optimizing for six different scale lengths - the discrepancy they’re talking about disappears when you get the saddles intonated.