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fretwidth

Defining frets over the fretwidth is a little confusing, much more important for choosing the right frets for you is the fretheights.

While playing guitar, it should not at all be your goal to push the strings all the way down to the surface of the fretboard. That's why higher frets are basically more pleasant to play and more appropriate for players, who have a certain lightness in their play.

People who like pushing the strings right into nirvana are probably better off with way lower frets, allowing the fretboard to act as a natural pushing barrier.




fretboard radius

Which fretboard radius fits me best?

Of course as always, this is a realy subjective matter of judgment. However there are some indicators which one it might be. If you for example look at your hand from the side, you will perceive that, if you don't tense it at all it does a little natural bend. From a purely ergonomic point of view that would be the perfect fretboard radius for you.

But of course the playing technique takes over a big part as well. Playing with a lot of bendings for example, would go much easier on a larger radius, because you wouldn't have to push against the fretboard as much as you'd have to with a smaler radius.

Fretbaord Radius



neck profile

Even more subjective to your personal feel as the neck shape it self, is the neck profile. There are realy no rules which perhaps would be the best whatsoever. To find the most pleasant you have to try, try and ones again try.

D or C profiles are most appropriate for beginners.

Hard V Medium V Soft V U Shape C Shape D Shape



body profile

arched:
The classic curve of a guitars top or back (Beauty resp. LP style).

profiled:
Otherwise flat top resp. back with an all round bevel (SG style).

flat:
Completely flat top resp. back, without any profile at all.

flat ergo:
Otherwise flat top resp. back with a little beveling on ergonomically senseful positions (Strat style).

embedded knobs:
Knobs are slightly embedded in the top wood (Beauty style).




scale

Which scale fits me best?

Mostly people with small hands or short fingers have problems playing chords on larger scales, especially beginners. Those people tend to prefer shorter scales, which is not to say people with larger hands like larger scales better. Like so ever it's realy up to your personal style and feel.

Standard scales for 4/4 instruments are marked.




skunk stripe

Getting his name from the resemblance to the stripe a skunk carries on his back and tail.Pretty much alike the relation between body and top, you can achieve a wider field of resonance in your instrument through the skilled choice of different woods. The appropriate way to do so, is to choose woods, which resonance ranges are as far apart as possible.

e.g.:
mahogany neck - maple skunk stripe
maple neck - rosewood skunk stripe

However the skunk stripe should be a hard and upper density wood, due to the arising forces within the neck as soon as the trussrod gets tightened. Using a softer wood may result in squashing under the force of the trussrod, which in worst case could destroy the functionality of the neck and make the instrument none playable.

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