Hey, all. I've been seeing the curious phenomena of "fan-fret" basses more and more of late, and I'm honestly curious - what is the purpose? Does it increase string tension because of the altered scale? Tonally, what is the effect of the nonstandard fret arrangement? Actually, for those with 5 or 6 strings, how do you even find strings long enough to use on something that's above 36" scale? I have yet to run across a fan-fretted bass in person, so I've had no chance to try one myself. I'm just curious if you fine folks could help enlighten me on the subject. Thanks.