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I can't address fan-fretted guitars at all, but as far as other fretted string instruments go, the Viola da Gamba, and other Viols (not to be confused with the modern viola), as well as the Lute were some Rennaissance/Baroque instruments that used tied-on frets, made from loops of gut string tied around the neck. Because these frets were only tied, their ...


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Pythagorean or "just" intonation is a very different tuning from the 12-tone equal-temperament system. The fanned-fret layout is only capable of 12-tone equal-temperament, as is the standard guitar fret layout. The chief purpose of the fanned-fret system is to provide a longer scale length for lower-pitched strings, and to provide a more even tone and timbre ...


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Along any single string, one could (in principle) achieve any desired intonation by appropriately placing the frets; fanning implies some desired relationship between the intonation on the different strings -- but it's unclear from your question where you are going with that. Playing a fretless guitar (not very common, but fretless basses and all orchestral ...



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