Fanned fret bass necks.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by sebastian, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. I am going build a parts project and I would like to utilize a fanned fret neck. Is there a supplier?

  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

  3. I asked them if they will do five string?
    Novax the only supplier?
  4. Probably. You might check with Doug at Soulmate Guitars.

    Otherwise, you'll have to find a luthier.
  5. I have viewed the novax site and $550.00 for a neck. I am hoping I can locate a luthier in the mid-west that can make one for a bit less.
    I am curious as to why the neck is worth so much?
  6. Phil Mailloux

    Phil Mailloux

    Mar 25, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Builder: Mailloux Basses
    If you look at the Warmoth site you'll see most necks run from about $300-400. Making fanned frets is alot more complicated than straight ones, hence the price.
  7. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    It's probably partially due to the fact that it was designed to drop onto a Fender body with little modification. The Novax site even shows how to set the bridge. It's a nice neck, though. I'm having some fun with my Bettie Page bass. I got the Ebony fretboard for an extra $30.
    And my project bass came in cheaper than a new Dingwall by quite a bit.
  8. Is there rhyme or reason to the calculation of angling the frets?
  9. grace & groove

    grace & groove

    Nov 30, 2005
    Self-Appointed Ambassador to the Dragonfly
    Of course. :confused:
  10. Yeah...if you want it to intontate. Otherwise you end up with a BSO (bass-shaped object).
  11. BobKos


    Apr 13, 2007
    It all has to do with scale length. The idea behind the fanned fret system is to have say a 34" scale E while having say a 32" G. Obviously the fret spacing is different between a 34" and a 32". The frets are set up to accomodate the differing scale lengths for a particular instrument. The larger the difference of scale lengths, the more radical the fret wire 'fan'.
  12. Nex_bass.

    for such an expensive neck, the headstock is very ugly
  13. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    Yeah I never liked the head stocks but you can retrofit them onto a Fender can't you? That is quite cool in my opinion.
  14. So lets say a five string with a 35" scale on the B how would you calculate the length of the scale for the G string?
    And a yes that is a pretty homely headstock.
  15. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    You might actually be at 35" on the E.

  16. Why is that? Would not the B be at 35"?
  17. Jonsbasses


    Oct 21, 2006
    Fort Worth, TX
    Builder: Jon's Basses
    Fanned fret = multi scale. Pick your two scales.

    Let's say 35" for the B, 33" for the G. Mark the scale for the B-string, then mark the scale for the G-string and connect the dots. That is completely simplifying it, but how it works.
  18. grace & groove

    grace & groove

    Nov 30, 2005
    Self-Appointed Ambassador to the Dragonfly
    You can choose what you want but usually people use 37" for the B and 32" for the G for the most equal tension.
  19. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    I prefer 36 to 32 on my 6 strings. Actually the bridge position is one of the hardest to get right.
    I kind like that look on that P bass too.
  20. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    I believe that Dingwall uses 37" on the B and 34" on the G for their standard 5 strings... it's something different on the Super-J...