Tone – how does the fan fret system effect the tone?
In a nut shell: shorter scale lengths equal warmer, fatter, less transparent tones, longer scale lengths equal brighter, more harmonically rich and more transparent tones.
The Traditional Problem: When a single scale length is used, the G-string tends to be brighter and thinner sounding and the E and B strings tend to be darker and less harmonically rich sounding plus harder to intonate etc.
The traditional problem: By using the Novax Fanned-Fret System® a builder can manipulate the tone of each string I.E. going shorter on the treble strings (Super J) warms up the G and D strings to better match the B and E strings. Going slightly longer on the Bass strings (Super J) brings a little more richness to them. Or in the case of the longer scale models (Afterburner series, Z-series, Prima Artist), extending the bass strings out to 37" on the B-string brings un-equalled depth and transparency to the lower notes and better intonation.
To sum up: The tone across the strings is more even making it easier to dial in the perfect tone for all strings. We've gone to great lengths to make finding the perfect tone require as little eq as possible. Often times setting the controls to flat is all you need.