The inked imprint of the underside of the forefinger (see drawing), shows that the most accurate pressing on the fingerboard causes a curve (Smilefret (TM)) instead of a straight line (normal fret).
It is evident that the Smilefrets (TM) provide you a closer more accurate forefinger imprint to play “barré” chords.
- More space (diagonally) between two frets = easier/cleaner chord playing.
- Easier bend-up’s in both directions: up to 5 semitones.
- Easier feeling on the fingerboard because the curved frets follow the natural finger movements.
- More space for soloing and for chords, even on the highest part of the fingerboard.
- The only guitar on which you can play pure and perfect chords above the 12th fret.
- Easier bottlenecking, due to the angle (5А or 10А) of the frets under the G-B-E strings.
- Intonation compensation (K.I.C.) for sweeter high-end sounds
- Even the fretslots are NC-milled and have no empty spaces under the fret wire.
This generates a more solid fingerboard which results in more sustain.
The Smilefrets (TM) are available in 5А or 10А. This is the angle between a Smilefret (TM) and a straight fret at the fingerboard border. You only need a few minutes to get used to the difference between Smile- and straight frets