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Thread: Fanned fret JP, Possibility of FINALLY a fanned fret bass??

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    Fanned fret JP, Possibility of FINALLY a fanned fret bass??

    like the title implies, whats yalls thoughts on how soon we will FINALLY get a fanned fret bass? id been dying for a bongo but if its a ray or a new model im gonna be on that ASAP.

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    Can’t say I’ve heard of anything. Do a quick search, there are a few threads on the subject

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    What a guitar, truly amazing! Too bad he doesn't play it in the video.

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    This is going to be one of those "money talks" discussions. Ernie Ball does not offer a Wide 5 option, and I heard in the past that they offered to, if enough people wanted it and agreed to purchase it.

    The bass never got made. When it came down to it there was not enough people actually willing to buy them.

    You also need to have enough range on the bass for having a multi-scale approach make sense. 4 string basses don't need that, IMHO 5 strings don't ,and 6 strings is debatable. There are plenty of world class pros playing non multi-scale 5 and 6 sting basses at the highest level.

    And, as they have already seen from the JP Multi-scale 8 string, reception has been mixed, because when you deal with a multi-scale instrument, many people are VERY specific on what scales they want at the top and bottom, as well as what the center point of the fanning pattern is.
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    Personally I don’t see the point to multi scale unless there are a lot of strings spanning many octaves, with that in mind it’s not something I’m interested in either.
    It’s a solution to to a problem that doesn’t really exist. Your tuner might say different to the millionth of a note but that’s about it.
    It’s not something I’ll be investing in, Offered or not.

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    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
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    Quote Originally Posted by five7 View Post
    What a guitar, truly amazing! Too bad he doesn't play it in the video.
    theres some videos out now, its siiiiick

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    This is going to be one of those "money talks" discussions. Ernie Ball does not offer a Wide 5 option, and I heard in the past that they offered to, if enough people wanted it and agreed to purchase it.

    The bass never got made. When it came down to it there was not enough people actually willing to buy them.

    You also need to have enough range on the bass for having a multi-scale approach make sense. 4 string basses don't need that, IMHO 5 strings don't ,and 6 strings is debatable. There are plenty of world class pros playing non multi-scale 5 and 6 sting basses at the highest level.

    And, as they have already seen from the JP Multi-scale 8 string, reception has been mixed, because when you deal with a multi-scale instrument, many people are VERY specific on what scales they want at the top and bottom, as well as what the center point of the fanning pattern is.
    sold out pretty darn fast. at 4.2k a sale id say that the money is talking hard

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Personally I don’t see the point to multi scale unless there are a lot of strings spanning many octaves, with that in mind it’s not something I’m interested in either.
    It’s a solution to to a problem that doesn’t really exist. Your tuner might say different to the millionth of a note but that’s about it.
    It’s not something I’ll be investing in, Offered or not.
    theres more to fanned frets than intonation, if thats what youre referencing in your tuner statement.

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    Isn't one of the main attractions to multiscale / fanned fret basses increased string tension for the low strings? Works good for down tuning I'd bet, which is probably the reason why a lot of modern metal bands go to Dingwall. EBMM is kind of getting into the whole modern metal thing with Darkglass, but I dunno if they'll go fanned fret route for basses any time soon.

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