The purpose of the fanned-fret system is to optimize the tension of each string—creating a more "alive," open tone. The different fret-to-bridge distances enhance tonality, creating a better-sounding instrument. This design not only expands harmonic complexity, but also improves playability across all six strings. The slant of the fanned-frets ergonomically coordinates with the way a players hand angles as it moves up and down the neck—facilitating quick, comfortable playing action.
At first glance, the fanned-fret concept may appear a bit intimidating and unnatural, but the biggest surprise is how comfortable one becomes after a few minutes of playing the instrument. When looking down at the neck from the players’ perspective, the exaggerated fret layout seems to disappear and feels quite normal.
The AELFF10NT is a limited production fanned-fret acoustic-electric guitar designed around a natural high gloss finish AEL body. It features a spruce top with black body binding, an abalone rosette, rosewood back and sides, and a rosewood fretboard. A custom-angled rosewood bridge keeps the intonation in line with the angle of the highest fret. Electronics include a Fishman Sonicore pickup combined with an AEQ-SP2 preamp featuring a convenient onboard tuner.