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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Dec 17 > All about… Frets

All about… Frets

There are many metal parts on a guitar that impact your tone and playability, but your frets might be the most important of all. HUW PRICE puts it all on the wire to help you work out what the right frets are for you…


Although some guitarists have experimented with fretless guitars, they have never really caught on in the same way as fretless basses. It seems we’re stuck with frets and for the vast majority of us, that’s probably for the best.

Frets divide a fretboard into easy to see semitone intervals that tell us where the notes are. The violin family of instruments (viol notwithstanding) have fretless fingerboards, so skill and accuracy is essential to play in tune. The flipside of this is that they only usually hit one note at a time – as anyone who has tried to learn violin in school can attest, that’s hard enough as it is… but imagine trying to play four-note chords in tune on a cello!

Bar frets such as those on this 1932 Martin were phased out by the Nazareth company in the mid-30s
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The December 2017 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside, you’ll find a massive 24-page feature devoted to The Secrets Of Studio Guitar. Following exclusive insights into the golden era of session guitar from Wrecking Crew luminary Carol Kaye and Tommy Tedesco’s son Denny, we move into the modern age (albeit via a raft of vintage tube amps) with recording tips courtesy of Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb, first-call LA guitarist Josh Smith’s guide to the perfect session and a tale of how digital modelling can be the answer to your sonic prayers. Elsewhere in the mag, we pay tribute to Tom Petty, review a raft of hot new gear from the likes of Fender, Maybach, Satellite Amps, G&L and Keeley and show you how to build your own acoustic guitar in the latest instalment of DIY Workshop. For all that and a FREE 2018 calendar packed full of beautifully photographed vintage and star guitars, pick up your copy of the December issue of The Guitar Magazine now!