I’ve been preparing a guitar to make a version of Dante Rosati’s 21 note JI guitar You’ll see the pictures of the frets coming off and the back-fill with plastic wood and sanding in a later post. As an intermediate step after removing the frets Dante suggests tuning the guitar to your target tuning and letting that settle for a few days. I went a step further and put on some 8″ nylon cable ties I found at Myers – GE # 51213. (pictured on the guitar above)Though they are relatively expensive in packs of 20 they are very narrow and thin and quite an improvement from my previous attempt at Temporary Guitar Frets. And yes, you can make some adjustments to the exact fret board placement and no they don’t move around on you – even if you bend the notes. I followed Dante’s suggested tuning of CGCGCG – but my high string did break when I was adjusting it – that one will have to be strung, tuned and stay there to survive!
The frets were placed at JI intervals based on my ear. I have cable ties at JI major 2nd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, and Major 6th.
I made 3 tries at an improvisation recorded in Sonar all in one doubled up track. I obliged the obvious by running the end of the same improvisation through distortion – I mean if 3 parallel drop tuned 5ths isn’t meant for metal what is???