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Thread: NUD: Gretsch Roots Collection fan fret tenor

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    Default NUD: Gretsch Roots Collection fan fret tenor

    Picked up my new uke this afternoon. As advertised, it appears to be a Gretsch concept prototype, with different scales on each string. There's a Gretsch Roots Collection label in the sound hole, but no model number or serial number. It has re-entrant strings, something milky white and somewhat shimmery. Nylgut? I am definitely swapping out the high G for a Low G.

    The body is solid Mahogany all around. Neck and frets are smooth, but the nut will need a little attention when I eventually change strings. No side dots or fret markers, which I will have to remedy, at least with side dots. No endpin or electronics. It has a nice low action with no buzzing anywhere. I am gonna enjoy this one.

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    That’s some lovely mahogany. I have seen the fan fret idea before. I am interested in what you think of the concept once you have taken it around the block a few times.

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    Please excuse my extreme ignorance but what IS a fan fret??? (And the uke looks very nice!)
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    Wow where did you find that. I have the regular production model of this and it came with nylguts. I changed for a red low G and that worked well for about five years now. It's also the solid wood version 9120SM but I haven't figured out the specific type of wood. Has a funny reddish stain.

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    Very nice. I've heard that this configuration gives spot on intonation. It might be tricky for me to learn to put my fretting fingers in the right places at first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimousinLil View Post
    Please excuse my extreme ignorance but what IS a fan fret??? (And the uke looks very nice!)
    It is my understanding the uke has a different scale length on each string, getting progressively shorter from G to A.

    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    Wow where did you find that. I have the regular production model of this and it came with nylguts. I changed for a red low G and that worked well for about five years now. It's also the solid wood version 9120SM but I haven't figured out the specific type of wood. Has a funny reddish stain.
    A music store in AZ listed it on eBay. They said they were a few miles from the factory, and that it wasn't unusual for one-offs from the factory to make it out into the wild.

    It will take some getting used to the unusual configuration, but it has a nice tone to it. I know what I'll be doing after dinner.

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    Wow! That is really different.

    I think it would knock my whole sense of visual perspective askew. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Especially after a couple of drinks!

    Can't wait to find out how quickly you adapt to it. How much your muscle memory resists odd finger placements. Since it isn't too hard to adapt to different sized instruments, it probably won't be too difficult.

    Have fun with it.

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    My understanding is that the name derives from the frets fanning out along the neck. Along with the saddle/bridge. Much like the wooden sicks in a Japanese fan do when you open one. Or your hand when you spread your fingers.

    I have no idea about how the strings/tuning/fret distances/compensation or the underlying principles involved in making it work.

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    I found one take on fan fret instruments, but the forum software rejected the link. If anyone is interested, go to stringjoy.com slash fanned-fret-and-multi-scale-guitars-explained

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    Quote Originally Posted by LimousinLil View Post
    Please excuse my extreme ignorance but what IS a fan fret??? (And the uke looks very nice!)
    I wondered the same thing when this topic first arose.
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