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We’re Open!

As promised The Old Dairy is open by appointment between Christmas and the New Year (Tues 27th – Thurs 29th).

Given the timing of the appointments we’ve decided to keep The Old Dairy open in between so why not take the opportunity to pop in and see us?

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Baritones

Although it’s far from a trivial instrument, our #TuesdayTrivia is about Baritone guitars.

They were first used in classical music as, with a larger body, stronger bracing, and longer scale length it reaches the depths other guitars cannot reach.

05 - baritoneUnlike regular guitars, the baritone can be tuned in a variety of ways; a perfect fifth (A D G C E A), an augmented fourth (Bb Eb Ab Db F Bb), a perfect fourth (B E A D F♯ B), or a major third lower (C F B♭ E♭ G C).

Electric versions became popular in the 60s but they remain a niche instrument and hence we now have an English-made one available for you to try. What’s more, just to make it even more niche, we’ve a fan fretted one! You can check it out here.

Fan fretting

For #ThrowbackThursday this week we’re discussing fan fretting.

Despite the Ralph Novak patent, fan fretting has been around since the earliest iterations of the guitar. So why isn’t it the norm?

There is a school of thought that says our ‘normal’ parallel frets are actually a compromise brought about by the fact that necks with parallel frets were easier to produce and easier to play.

Fans of the fan fret (no pun intended) argue that by adjusting the angle of the fret you get a ‘natural’ scale for each string, better intonation, improved comfort and ergonomics for the player, and the strings – especially the bass strings – have improved tension control.

Novak patented the “fanned-fret” guitar and still has copyright over the name.  His reason for bringing this old style of fretting back was that it allowed him to bend strings for an improved blues sound.  However, we think this old-fashioned improvement works across genres; so much so that we now have a pair of classical guitars with fan fretting from English luthier Alan Miller – one right handed and one left-handed (as always at no extra cost) along with a baritone guitar and, continuing our commitment to southpaws, a left-handed grand concert acoustic.

The right-handed classical can be found here.
Left-handed classical here.
Baritone (of which more at a later time) here.
Left-handed grand concert here.

We do not currently have these guitars in stock so please contact us if you are interested in trying one and we will keep you updated.