Fan frets on guitars is not a brand new idea but is definitely one that's getting a lot more attention than in the past. Perhaps the most surprising thing about such a "multi-scale" design is that it looks a lot stranger than it feels. In fact, for most players trying a fan-fret guitar for the first time their left hand hardly notices the difference and it's only when you get up over the body that you have to make any kind of adjustment.
The principle that drives the multi-scale idea makes even more sense on a small guitar like the wee Lowden, because the longer scale for the bass strings does wonders for the weakest link in the small guitar concept: the lack of adequate bass response compared to larger size instruments. While the 24 inch treble-side scale is about what you'd expect on such a small guitar, the 25.5 inch scale for the low E provides a remarkably full bottom end. That rich bass is of course partly due to the rosewood back and sides and very sensitive redwood top, but whatever, it works, and if you've tried very small guitars in the past and found them lacking this one will probably change your mind.
stock no. 51535
|Model||WL-35FF Fan Fret|
|Back and sides||Indian Rosewood|
|Nut width||1 13/16"|
|Scale length||24"(Treb) 25.5"(Bass)|
|Neck material||5 Piece Mahogany/Rosewood|
|Tuners||Gotoh 510 Gold|