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OT- are your guitars well tempered?

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HobbyPicker
Posted 2006-12-28 6:14 AM (#224875)
Subject: OT- are your guitars well tempered?


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Have you ever seen a guitar fretboard like this?


Came across this web page while googling for luthiers and got a little curious so I looked a little closer. Don't think that it will be the new way to design guitars, but still some interesting things to learn about the instrument. ;)
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Trader Jim
Posted 2006-12-28 8:00 AM (#224876 - in reply to #224875)
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Now thats about as strange a thing as I have ever seen. Wonder what it would cost to refret that baby? :eek:
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Slipkid
Posted 2006-12-28 8:55 AM (#224877 - in reply to #224875)
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In the best Mr. Spock imatation I can do I say.... fasinating .

And btw... I don't think this is "off topic" at all.
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jb
Posted 2006-12-28 8:57 AM (#224878 - in reply to #224875)
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Isn't it easier to just use a tune-o-matic or a Fender-style bridge with individual saddles?

Nice alternative way of thinking, I guess. That picture hurts my eyes, though, a bit like that surrealist painting of the never-ending staircase...

JB
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wilblee
Posted 2006-12-28 10:21 AM (#224879 - in reply to #224875)
Subject: Re: OT- are your guitars well tempered?


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Have these people never heard of bends? Also I see that alternate tunings are out. So, as long as you stay within a half step of EADGBE (drop-D is right out), don't do any bends (or pull-offs), don't use wound thirds, or strings heavier than .11-.50, then this would be ideal - apart from the need to adjust your entire technique.

Gimme two.
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Paul Blanchard
Posted 2006-12-28 10:51 AM (#224880 - in reply to #224875)
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Topic: OT- are your guitars well tempered?

No; only my claviers. :rolleyes:

That may be one of the guitars smuggled out of Hangar 18 at Roswell. :eek:
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MWoody
Posted 2006-12-28 12:04 PM (#224881 - in reply to #224875)
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Bravo for thinking out of the box.

But I won't be buying one soon.
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Waskel
Posted 2006-12-28 12:35 PM (#224882 - in reply to #224875)
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Originally posted by Paul Blanchard:
Topic: OT- are your guitars well tempered?

No; only my claviers. :rolleyes:
My synthesizer was... lately it's been a little moody.
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Paul Blanchard
Posted 2006-12-28 12:39 PM (#224883 - in reply to #224875)
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Speaking of 'a little moody', where is our investigator?
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cliff
Posted 2006-12-28 12:42 PM (#224884 - in reply to #224875)
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Master Keller & I were at cwk2's last night (GREAT time Bill, thanks again!!) and we made several attempts at crank calls to Moody's phone number(s) . . .

Alas, he didn't pick up.
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MWoody
Posted 2006-12-28 12:55 PM (#224885 - in reply to #224875)
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Cliff,

Did ya wear "the big coat" again?
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alpep
Posted 2006-12-28 1:02 PM (#224886 - in reply to #224875)
Subject: Re: OT- are your guitars well tempered?


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the novax system always interested me.
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Paul Blanchard
Posted 2006-12-28 11:17 PM (#224887 - in reply to #224875)
Subject: Re: OT- are your guitars well tempered?



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Originally posted by alpep:
the novax system always interested me.
Me, too. At least the Novax fretboard makes some sense.
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Old Tele man
Posted 2006-12-28 11:29 PM (#224888 - in reply to #224875)
Subject: Re: OT- are your guitars well tempered?


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...didn't Rickenbacker try "fanned" frets years ago with no success?
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HobbyPicker
Posted 2006-12-29 7:19 AM (#224889 - in reply to #224875)
Subject: Re: OT- are your guitars well tempered?


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OK, I made this post mainly because I thought the crazy look of the meantone blues fretboard is funny. However, the theme of temperament really is a serious matter in musical theory, just google for "musical temperament" or look here .
The novax fanned frets and other methods to improve intonation is actually a different cup of tea than what the guys behind truetempered guitar are trying to make.
Really not anything you really would like to dig deep into, but nice to be aware of, and as someone here mentioned bending (and slide playing) in the blues actually make the "blue" tones of meantone temperament available on a guitar with straight frets!
Wish you all a happy and well tempered new year :D
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