Some improvements have a domino effect, where one improvement leads to additional advantages. Cryogenically treated frets are a good example of this—once we started working with them, it became clear that due to the additional strength and minimal wear, it would be possible to have them sit lower to the fingerboard.
There are two important advantages to having lower frets. It takes less pressure for a firm string-to-fret connection, and because there’s less room to push the string downward into the fingerboard, intonation improves as well. This results in easier, more effortless fingering that encourages both precision and speed. In conjunction with the one-piece fingerboard, high-tech nut materials, and undercut fret-over-binding, Gibson’s 2014 guitars provide a playing experience that takes playability up to the next level.