True Temperament...The Way To Go Or Gimmick???
Apologies if this has been discussed to death already, but i wondered what the general feeling was on here towards this new fangled 'True Temperament' neck/fret thing?
I see Steve Vai is singing it's praises and has been for some time, but personally i'm not convinced yet and wondered if somebody here could educate me and put me in the picture.
Here's my somewhat basic view of it..........Having been a huge Steve Vai/Ibanez Jem fan for the last 20+ years, i can't help but think that this is the latest gimmick. I've listened to guitar based music, primarily rock/heavy metal, for over 30 years and it all sounds pretty damn good to me.
Am i to assume that if, in hindsight, all my favourite guitarists/bands had the benefit of 'true temperament' necks/fretboards that the music would in some way sound better? (even though it sounds perfectly good to me as it is!!!!)
I guess in the pursuit of absolute perfection that this may have some small benefit...but is it really that important to get 'Perfect' notes and intonation (apologies in advance if i'm missing the point here).
Basically, i really don't see that true temperament is going to have any impact on me whatsoever...unless i suddenly acquire absolutely perfect pitch hearing!!!!
Furthermore, as Steve Vai has been praising true temperament as the way to go for some time now, and been quoted as saying that he's going to have all of his guitars converted to true temp fretboards......how come the lateset Ibanez Jem signature models are not fitted with a true temp neck???? (baring in mind that they couldn't wait to change the 7VWH fretboard to rosewood from ebony all those years ago).
Finally, i just happen to think that true temp fretboards look absolutely dire with the jagged edges....ever since i started playing the guitar i've been used to seeing nice straight fretwire fitted at right angles to the neck. I'm not averse to change if it's worthwhile, but not with this.
Sorry to go on..........but I'm sure i must be missing a huge point here with my 'Simplistic' view of it all
To my mind, unless you are playing a guitar on a clean setting, or perhaps acoustically, there is no real need for true temp........unless you have either perfect pitch hearing or you have very little else in life to amuse you!!!!!