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what kind of fret design is this called?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by KSDbass, Jan 1, 2006.


  1. KSDbass

    KSDbass

    Mar 25, 2005
    atlanta
    I'm thinking of when the neck is like, half fretted and half fretless? is that just fanned frets?
     
  2. teacherguy

    teacherguy

    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    If you're talking about fretting up to the 12th fret and leaving the rest of the fb fretless, Matt Pulcinella called it "semi-fretless".
    Check it out: http://www.mpguitars.com/SemiNeck.jpg

    Jon
     
  3. deaf pea

    deaf pea

    Mar 24, 2005
    Cuernavaca 1 hr S Mexico City
    Seymour Duncan/Basslines SMB-5A Endorsing Artist
    I had one made in '96 that had the first 5 frets and the rest was fretless , , , and I called it Bi-sexual!
    There's a bass company that recently introdued this concept (with 12 frets) as their patented idea (using a synthetic fingerboard). But I don't remember the name of the company or what they called their hybrid neck . . . Hey, that's a good name . . . "hybrid fretted7fretless fingerboard"
     
  4. KSDbass

    KSDbass

    Mar 25, 2005
    atlanta
    thats not wuite what I'm talking about. I'm thinking of something like this

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    so the bass side of the fingerboard is fretted, but the treble side isn't
     
  5. there was a post about this a little while a go with some pics of what your talking about, do a quick search. :cool:
     
  6. teacherguy

    teacherguy

    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Partial fretted/fretless has been done in various configurations, such as upper neck/lower neck, or string-to-string, and maybe even combinations of these.

    The patent is for a combination fretted/fretless, with the fretless potion raised (or the fretted portion lowered, depending on your point of view) so that the fretless board area is level with the crowns of the frets.
    http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-...,025,696.WKU.&OS=PN/5,025,696&RS=PN/5,025,696
     
  8. KSDbass

    KSDbass

    Mar 25, 2005
    atlanta
    those last two are exactly what i was talking, thanks for the help
     
  9. KSDbass

    KSDbass

    Mar 25, 2005
    atlanta
    those last two are exactly what I'm doing about! does it has a name?
     
  10. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    No official name I know of. Call it partial fretted, semi-fretless, whatever you like.

    Unlike Fanned Fret®, which is a registered trademark (or something similar) of either Ralph Novak or of Novax Inc. The trade mark on the name is a separate legal issue from the related patent for the fretboard.