Rickenbacker® Model 360/12 with slanted frets

Model 360/12 with slanted frets

About the slanted frets:

*) The idea was to fit the neck to the arch between the thumb and the forefinger on the player's left hand. It worked well when the player grasped the neck with his thumb over the finger board. Its advantages stopped when playing barre chords with the thumb behind the neck. The factory first produced slanted frets in late 1969. They were a standard feature on some instruments and an option on others. On these instruments the nut, bridge and frets were all set on an angle to the edge of the finger board. The original brochure said:

"This slight slant of the frets across the finger board eliminates the long chord reaches, reduces stretch length, and matches precisely the natural angle of the fretting fingers."

*)Source: Richard R. Smith "The complete history of Rickenbacker guitars"

Courtesy of Herb Bain


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