re-Fret your guitar — the sky is the limit!

About Us

Why refret?

If we can hear over 500 notes in the octave, why in the world would you only want 12 frets? And why make them equally spaced? There is so much more melodic & harmonic color waiting to be explored.....Pluckers  have been moving their frets for over 500 years, but it has only been  in the past few centuries that they were hammered in for good, and not  necessarily in the best place, either! 

Early Music

Hopkinson Smith using gut string fretlets on his Baroque lute

New Frets — New Sounds!

Melodies & harmonies that you've never heard before in any style, acoustic or electric

products

Fret Lengths*

(1) string   —   $1 each

(2) strings  —   $2 each

(3) strings  —   $3 each

(4) strings  —   $4 each

(5) strings  —   $5 each

(6) strings  —   $6 each

Complete Neck Pack

20 x (6)      —   $100


* Custom lengths available upon request

Fret Height

Crown Height — 1.25mm (.049")
Crown  Width — 2.50mm (.098")

NS 18%  Hardness: HV5 200 

FAQs

How do I order?

Decide what size and how many fretlets you need, add $10 shipping/handling [$15 outside the US], and PayPal that amount to the email address below (as a 'Friend' - I'm not a business!).


Will they work on any guitar?

Sure, they will work on any fretted instrument with nylon or steel strings. BUT - at present we only have one  fret height available, so measure your frets to see if they will our fretlets will work well with yours. 


How are they attached?

Each fretlet is backed with special 3M doublesided adhesive film. 


Where do I put them?

The best way to determine the placement of each  Fretlet is to use adhesive tape [standard “Scotch” brand works well] on TOP to temporarily put it in position, then using your ear or strobe tuner [I use a Turbo-Tuner], try out the position. Once that has been determined, 

   • mark the fingerboard with a pencil  & remove the taped Fretlet

   • remove the paper backing from the Fretlet, and press into place.


Can they be moved?

Of course! the adhesive will withstand at least a few moves, but each packet comes with extra adhesive in case the initial coating wears thin.


How do I know where to put them?

There are an infinite number of choices - it all depends on the style of music you want to make. There are lots of print and online sources to consult to help you decide.


How do I find out more about tuning?

A complete description can be found here: "Microtones: The Well-Tuned Guitar,"  Chapter 7 in THE CONTEMPORARY GUITAR, 2nd Edition, by John Schneider [Rowman & Littlefield, 2015]

COMING SOON!

SLIDERS are part of an integrated system where each fret for each note can be moved individually. Each individual Fretlet is placed in position from above the fingerboard, magnetically adhering to the thin strips of ferritic stainless steel that line the channels that run beneath each string. (see Photo Gallery)

What does it sound like?

Mak Grgic playing Weiss: L'Infidele

Modern music

Lou Harrison's "Round" from his Serenade for Guitar (1978) in just intonation 

for Steel strings, too

Lou Harrison's "Scenes from Nek Chand" on National Tricone Guitar 

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johnoschneider@hotmail.com