Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by deadletteroffice, Feb 4, 2015.
True Temperament frets.
You know what it looks like when you intonate the bridge saddles to get the guitar in tune at the 12 fret?
Not a straight line?
This is the same deal at every fret. Every fret, every note, in-tune.
That's what it looks like when you get every string at every fret to agree with every other string at every other fret.
It works. .
They are supposed to make every position on the fretboard have perfect intonation. They are real but I've never tried one.
Steve Vai swears by those frets
But if you bend heavily, does the sound jump up or down??
Go home frets, you're drunk.
It does work. Here is a closeup of the system on Tommy Denander's guitar (cropped from a photo taken in our NAMM booth):
How do wide bends sound?
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Re Tommy Denander's playing on the True Temperament frets - it sounded perfect.
Have fun when it is time to refret
I imagine you can order the frets already bent like that.
What would SRV said about them?
I doubt I'd ever try them, just too weird looking and distracting.
I'm assured by guys who own them that they are no problem to bend notes on. Can't imagine that, but okay.
As far as refrets, can you get them in SS? Problem solved!
Interesting, I can see the advantage but, it must be weird at first. I don't think they will catch on.
Here you can find all the answers on them.
I'd love to try a guitar with those frets to check them out. I agree that you would need to be more careful than usual to avoid bending out of tune.
After four or five beers I'm sure they look just fine.
Re: Tommy Denander: In addition to the true temperament frets, he is using the Evertune Bridge, so he is in tune up and down the neck and always.
How are these different from fanned frets?
Not similar actually. One addresses (or tries to) the inherent "guitar can't be in tune everywhere on the neck" issue where the other simply changes the scale if each string (still won't be true on every fret position).
I still can't control my own finger pressure so even with true temper I'll still choke the notes out of pitch.