The integral Rails are .060" high off the
deck and are exceptionally smooth to the fingers
for trills and slides. Their tips are
collectively machine cut to form an evenly planed
playing surface, then a subtle depression of
gradated relief is cut into this flat plane
of Rail tips at the low pitched half of the
fretboard, dipping deeper under the lowest bass
strings. This mechanized fret "dressing"
operation accommodates all familiar Stick type
tunings with no further fret work needed, just
the hard anodizing process to provide an oxide
surface extremely resistant to wear. Another option is a very hard metal-plasma coating with a brushed texture between the frets to diffuse the reflected light.
A variety of linear or dot inlays are excavated and then filled with colorful materials or left as exposed aluminum, and are spaced in our familiar trademark pattern of five frets apart, indicating major 2nd, perfect 5th, octave and upper 4th positions along the fretboard. The 45-degree beveled Rail edges are also exposed and act as small, silvery triangular markers at every fret position.