Ralph Novak
is known as the designer of the radical Novax fanned-fret system, in which the frets of a stringed instrument are arranged in such a way that each string has its own scale—resulting in chords that actually sound in tune. I'm gratified to see that he's applied this innovation to electric mandolins. Here we see Novax 8-string and 5-string "Fandolins," as well as a doubleneck guitar/mandolin. All three instruments are equipped with Bartolini pickups. More information is available at the Novax Web site. Or contact:

Novax Guitars
88708 Gentry Rd.
Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 607-3999