Frequently asked questions

How do I install Fretlocks on my instrument?

Fretlocks attach to your fretboard using a special adhesive tape that has been selected based on its ability to firmly attach to the guitar when in use and to be easily removed without leaving marks.

To install, remove the backing paper on the Fretlock, place on the fret and apply even pressure to obtain a good adherence. Then simply trap the string between the protruding blades. It works best on a clean, dry fretboard.

How do I remove Fretlocks from my instrument?

To remove, simply detach the string from the protruding blades and twist the Fretlock to release the pressure from the adhesive. There shouldn’t be any residue left behind by the adhesive, in case there is some, wipe off using a clean cloth or soft tissue.

Can Fretlocks damage my instrument?

We have done tons of research and countless prototypes before coming up with the Fretlocks you see today. These should leave no mark on your instrument. Having said that, it’s dependent on the bond between the ‘lock and the guitar.  Basically, the longer you leave it, the stronger the bond, so we don’t recommend leaving them on for extended periods of time (i.e. a few weeks).  For this reason, we can’t be held responsible for any damage to the fretboard finish.

ARE FRETLOCKS REUSABLE?

The special adhesive found on Fretlocks can give you about two or three uses (different positions). However, after a couple of uses we can’t guarantee the sound quality achieved by that lock.

CAN I BUY MORE adhesive?

To date, we haven’t developed the adhesive as a separate product but we are looking into this. We do not recommend using any other adhesive to attach Fretlocks to your instrument - this could get messy!

CAN I USE FRETLOCKS ON A BASS GUITAR?

Currently, the use of Fretlocks on different instruments is limited by the gauge of the strings on the instrument. The Fretlocks you can buy can be used on common 6 string guitars and similar instruments such as banjos. We are considering developing a wider version of Fretlocks that could be used on bass guitars and other thicker-string instruments.

CAN I USE FRETLOCKS ON FRETLESS INSTRUMENTS?

Yes, Fretlocks can be used on fretless instruments provided that the strings on the instrument are between the range of gauges that Fretlocks are capable of trapping between their protruding blades.

WHAT INSTRUMENTS CAN I USE FretlockS ON?

Fretlocks can be used on any stringed instrument (ok, maybe not on a harp!) using strings that fall amongst the range of gauges that can be trapped by the three different Fretlock sizes. In fact, we’re looking for pioneers who could show us how they work, so if you’re up for using them on different instruments, get in touch with us!

WHAT STRING GAUGES CAN FRETLOCKS HANDLE?

Fretlocks are designed to work on light (size I), standard (size II) and heavy (size III) gauge strings.

CAN I PLACE FRETLOCKS ON ANY FRET?

Fretlocks can be placed on almost any fret across the neck of most fretted instruments, the limitation being the size of the fret. Typically, Fretlocks can be used on frets 1-10 on most guitars.

CAN FRETLOCKS BE USED ON NYLON STRINGS?

As most nylon strings are thicker, the thicker size Fretlocks (usually used for lower acoustic/electric strings) are most suitable.

ARE THERE ANY RESOURCES TO HELP ME GET STARTED?

The Freternity is a great resource to get inspiration for your next musical masterpiece. You can find the best videos from the Freternity on the Community section on this website. As the Freternity grows, more and more resources will become available. If you strike upon some impossible music, share a video with the Freternity, we would love to see it!

WHY CAN I ONLY PRE-ORDER, WHEN WILL Fretlocks BE AVAILABLE?

Fretlocks are currently crafted using high quality yet low scale production methods. When we launched our product on the 1st of October, we were overwhelmed by the demand from musicians out there who wanted to try Fretlocks and sold out within an hour! We are currently working on increasing our production capability without compromising the quality of our product. This is why we have released a limited number of pre-order products that we are confident we can deliver by December. After this, we will be able to carry stock for general sales. As they say, good things come to those who wait!

CAN I BUY Fretlocks ON MY LOCAL GUITAR SHOP?

Currently you can only buy Fretlocks from our online shop or at the famous Denmark Street shop Regent Sounds in London. We are considering distributing our products in select stores worldwide. Stay tuned!

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