#1
Ok so I have a Winston (made by Guyatone) Archtop with brass colored Frets, now on Certain frets, there are like ridges on the fret bars, that when I use Vibrato it gives the string an interesting sound. I have never ever seen another guitar with this, nor do I know how to even search it on google. Can anyone tell me more about these Fret bars??
I think there are like 8-13 per bar, and before you ask, yes they are purposefully there. If I am able to I will try to upload some pictures soon if I can't get an answer as is.
#2
think a picture would be handy to see it

Dont think id want one tho, theres a reason every guitar ive seen has smooth frets :p
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#3
I have never heard of a deliberately ridged fret wire. That sounds like it would interfere with the string vibration. But if your guitar is indeed a 1930's archtop, then you might do best to send an e-mail to Gruhn Guitars. They do restorations and such, and should be able to tell you about those frets.

http://www.gruhn.com

Post pics when you can. I would like to see these frets. Good luck with the search!
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#4
Sounds like the frets are worn. Post a pic.
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#5




That is not on every fret, and I am sorry my mis understanding its easily over 50 per fret bar.
Last edited by pks330 at Jan 18, 2014,
#6
Seems like someone just made a very shitty attempt at filing the frets. Probably the same morogn who painted inlays onto the fretboard.
#7
There are the same number on several frets, and they are all evenly spaced, this was done on purpose I believe, at mfr plant. The painted inlays was not an uncommon practice in the older days. The inlays on The archtops from this era were most painted, I think. I've talked to a lot of people about this. Can anyone please help me identify type of fret bar this is, and it does not interfere with sound unless I use vibrato, and even then I think it adds to the guitar not takes away from the sound.
#8
Theres no way you could get spacing that even between the cuts using hand files on those frets, that's been put there on purpose. What that purpose is, I have not one idea...