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Borhane

It's a real thrill to follow your innovation spree! How I wish some brand was clever enough to integrate them in their mass production!

Keep up the fantastic work!
Borhane

ps: I haven't seen any update on feather in a while, how is that project going?

Rick Toone

Borhane — Thank you for your encouragement. I am currently in discussions with several major instrument manufacturers, regarding my technologies. Significant developments are pending.

Feather is on hold at the moment, due to other prototypes with higher priority.

Jeffrey Collins

There's a company called Novax that has been making fanned fretboards in their guitars since the mid 90's. Charlie Hunter was one of the first to really utilize the system. It's incredibly cool and am glad others are taking it on for their guitars these days.

Rick Toone

Jeffrey — Multi-scale instrument fretboards have actually been around for centuries. Novax "Fanned Fret" system refers to a specific embodiment of the concept.

For certain players, there are advantages to multi-scale. It is exciting exploring the possibilities!

Jeffrey Collins

I actually just looked more into it after reading your blog. Quite amazing that this hasn't been passed onto the normal guitar and fretted world yet.

Timothy Radja

i don't know if this is the right place to ask but what is your opinion on scalloped fretboards?

on one hand it seems to me from reading that there would be an ergonomic advantage to them similar to the TNP, i.e. you have to use a lighter touch to pitch notes accurately, causing less wasted effort in string bending and chording from pushing against the wood itself.

i havent had a chance to play multiscale, scalloped, or TNP guitars myself but i imagine that a combination of those could be very potent both ergonomically and musically.

having said that, i have heard some people claim that scalloping detracts from the tone of an instrument, what is your opinion there?

Rick Toone

Timothy — Scalloping can subtract tone (on a conventional truss-rod neck) simply because it reduces the stiffness of the neck. Fretboards are part of the structure of the neck.

TOONE & TOWNSEND Neck Core greatly reduces that issue.

But, also, tone is subjective. Some players might prefer the sound of a scalloped fretboard neck. Music, and tone, are highly open to interpretation.

Jumbo frets can feel scalloped, but do not negatively impact the structural integrity of the neck. Consider that option as well.

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