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Congrats on a very cool guitar!
 

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Wow, that looks a bit rad. It is certainly unique. What pickup is in it?
 

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OK - That's cool!
Out there, but not too out there. And the fanned frets...how many people have ever own d a guitar with those eh?


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Mike is a sweetheart. I always enjoy chatting with him, and always find something fascinating at his booth. He's an artist.

He's also one of the few builders I'm aware of who makes use of Lace Alumitone pickups as his "default" (although he uses a custom pickup for this guitar: Ezi Pickups - Guitar Pickups ).

I had the pleasure of trying out Tim Bedner's "Rippling Brook" guitar that he had Mike build for him (Rippling Brook). I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable it was, and just how familiar the fanned fretboard felt. I was expecting it to be weird, but it wasn't. Here's Tim giving it a workout.
As for fanned fret guitars, I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that they are on the uptake. I visited a sort of L&M equivalent in Glasgow called Guitar Guitar and chatted with one of the salespeople there for a bit. I saw there was a display of these guitars -https://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/strandberg/guitars/electric/solid-body/ - so I asked the fellow if there was much demand for them, and apparently there is, particularly metalheads.
 

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Ibanez has production fanned fret guitars and basses I believe. Ever since a couple big names in metal (Periphery comes immediately to mind) a few more people have been asking for them. It's still pretty niche though.

I like the idea of a small fan, but I haven't come across one to check out.
 

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I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable it was, and just how familiar the fanned fretboard felt. I was expecting it to be weird, but it wasn't.
Along with all the other Lowdens I tried, I spent 30 minutes or so with a fan-fretted F35 nearly identical to the one I bought. I was surprised at how normal it actually felt. But I didn't want to go that 'weird' for my first (and maybe only) expensive acoustic.

I've also played a few of Sheldon Dingwall's basses. They also felt normal - well, as normal as a bass will every feel in these stubby little hands.
 

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Ibanez has production fanned fret guitars and basses I believe. Ever since a couple big names in metal (Periphery comes immediately to mind) a few more people have been asking for them. It's still pretty niche though.

I like the idea of a small fan, but I haven't come across one to check out.
This is a very important detail. There is no "standard" fan, the way there is a standard 24.75" and 25.5" scale. If it is a 7-string guitar, the fan will tend to be broader, to allow for more harmonic content in the lowest string, but there is no requirement that there be a huge fan. Indeed, a moderate fan on a shorter-scale neck with a reasonable number of frets (e.g., 21 not 24) may be the sort of thing one can barely feel.

What I want to know is whether such necks are compatible with Earvana or Feiten nuts.
 

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I'm sure a few luthiers know the answer to that one. I don't, however... :p
 
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