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07-28-2009 04:49 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

yeah, its only been two years.....
07-28-2009 04:44 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

any chance of uploading some more pics
03-07-2007 05:11 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

What happens when you bend a string? Seems like that would throw everything off. Cool guitar, though....
03-07-2007 02:29 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

Thanks for the review .



03-07-2007 09:31 AM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

Received the guitar on Friday, was sick most of the weekend so I couldn't play it much, so now I've finally gotten around to giving my review:

First, I must say that the pictures don't do the guitar justice. The figured maple top is gorgeous and the finish is impeccable. I had never heard of luthier who built this, Michael Dolan (, before, but his work is no joke. The neck is sturdy two-piece maple with a Fender-style "scooped" headstock that is not back-angled (not the best, but I think this was at the behest of the guy who commissioned it). For some reason the knucklehead who commissioned this guitar removed the string retainer for the bass string, so it sometimes pops out of the nut if you hit it hard enough- sometimes hardware is there for a reason. The fretwork is flawless as well. The controls are total knob-city, but it breaks down easily: one tone and one volume per SD pickup, a 3-way for the humbuckers, a concentric tone/vol for the bartolini pickup, and a switch that lets you toggle output configs (either bass+guitar out one output or both outputs split between the two output jacks).

As far as playability goes, I was expecting to be totally thrown off by the fanned frets, but I really wasn't. It actually felt quite natural. Of course, I was also initially skeptical about Ralph Novak's (the guy who's collecting the royalties from luthiers who use fanned frets, let's just say) "metaphysics" about "clang tones." His theory is that each string of an instrument has a "clang tone," a sort of non-musical overtone thats sole variable is string length, and that instruments with strings of all the same length have a buildup of clang tones, and that muddies the sound. Fanned frets, he claims, do not have that problem as the "clang tones" are distributed far apart and therefore less audible. What I can say is that notes of chords have excellent note separation, sound as clear as a bell, and the intonation is scary-good up and down the neck. BUT, isn't that what people say about any well-made guitar? Is it the technology or the luthiery- it's pretty much impossible to distinguish.

This guitar makes me somewhat ashamed, I don't know if it's that there are not enough guitar strings and not enough bass strings to make things work, but maybe I'm not good enough of a player to get the most out of this. As exciting of a guitar this is, I found myself reaching for my 7-string Les Paul more often, though I wished it had fanned frets, too. I'm going to try using heavier strings so I can get it tuned to the range that I normally write in, so I'll have some familiarity and see how it goes, though I'm kind of tempted to sell this and buy a 6-string Novax neck and put in on Warmoth body and go from there. It probably doesn't help to go from hardly ever playing to trying to tackle a hybrid guitar-bass instrument, too.
03-01-2007 04:07 AM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

Congrats man, AWESOME score!



02-27-2007 07:11 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

Originally Posted by C.Thep View Post
cool, but the pickups are whack.
I know... I'm not huge on the polepiece hangover, with pole pieces showing without strings over them- kind of reminds me of this:

Maybe I'll put flat black covers over the pickups so they'll match the Bartolinis.
02-27-2007 05:51 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

cool, but the pickups are whack.
02-27-2007 03:48 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

The two low strings have the Bartolini pickups to themselves, which you can run on a separate output, or you can flip a switch and blend both bass and guitar pickup outputs. That's titillating enough, though part of me I wishes I could just lay an EMG soapbar slanted right in front of the bridge and get my metal on, but I hope this will push me to be more creative writing counterpoint, etc.

The tuning is something I'll be interested in exploring. The previous owner made it sound like he had it tuned like a normal 7 a whole step down (ADGCFAD), so I'm thinking that I can take advantage of the scale length more and do EADGCEA with the 2 bass strings and five guitar strings.
02-27-2007 02:01 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

Hey Demi,

I would like to have some of your impressions and feedback too once you got a a chance to "spank this lady" a little.

The looks of this axe are interesting. Do I see correctly that it has separate pups for the low E and B???

Best regards,

02-27-2007 01:31 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

UPS' target arrival date is Thursday- I want it now, dammit!
02-27-2007 12:41 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

Nice score! I really want to try one! Post back with impressions!
02-25-2007 09:29 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

Interesting looking guitar and nice score!
02-25-2007 07:41 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

Certainly looks interesting.
Nice score!
I'm guessing he put one bass tuner on there to cope with the thick lowest string.Surely he could have drilled a regular guitar tuner ?
Looks like ABM individual bridge/saddle jobbies. Cool.

I suppose it's only recently that anyone is making an 8 string pickup and even now there's only Lundgren and a few custom pickup makers (Hauessel will make just about anything).
I suppose this piskup system works well with the bass/guitar pickups handling their specific strings.
I really fancy giving a fanned-fret guitar a try to see how much of a difference it makes.
I should imagine everything will feel more balanced,tension wise etc.

Look forward to a review of this beast !
02-25-2007 05:54 PM
Re: Fanned-Fret 7-string Impulse Buy

Originally Posted by Ayrton View Post
So how does it play?
The auction ended today, but I will definitely report back. I've never played fanned frets before, so I'm really excited to give it a whirl.
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