novax fanned frets system

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by barroso, Nov 27, 2001.

  1. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i'm speaking about the fanned system featured on the dingwall basses. i'm interested expecially in the ergonomic aspect of this system, how the system change your left hand technique and the position. is this confortable? how many minutes, hours days do you need to be able to switch from a traditional bass to a bass with this fret system?
  2. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I have a Dingwall Z2 5-string. I find the fanned frets to be very ergonomic, I like the angle on the frets, as it gives me less stress in almost all the playing positions, especially in the upper register. The fanned frets follow the natural angling of my hand as I move up the fretboard. As for how long it took to adjust, I would say only minutes, it is really not that weird to play. I adjusted to it while I tried out a 6-string before I bought my 5. I like it so much I decided I "need" another one, a 6-string.

  3. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett Commercial User

    Nov 25, 2001
    Cane Ridge, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer, Builder
    The fan frett system actually does relieve stain on your wrist. Many people are afaid becuase of the look of a fan fret system.
    I had Acacia build two instruments with a slighter fan frett setup going from 34 to 35 inch. This allowed even string tension, and a smoother feel when playing cords. The tension on having to stack finngers on one frett is diminished.
    I had two of these built by Acacia, one has sold and I still have one forsale.

  4. Player


    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    I wonder how a fanned fretless would feel/play? ;)
    (is that an oxymoron?)
  5. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett Commercial User

    Nov 25, 2001
    Cane Ridge, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer, Builder
    it would work fine, just a matter of getting use to it. You could of course line it, but whether its straight fret-lines or fan fret-lines its all in listining to the note your playing and getting accustom to a fretless and where the notes are. No different then going from a 34 to a 35 or 36 inch scale.
  6. The fanned frets on the Acacia are actually very easy to play because they are not as exaggerated as the frets on the Dingwall. You hardly notice them - unless you stair at them while playing.