As a guitar teacher I was extremely curious and excited when I first heard about Fretlight guitars and after a long time I managed to find somebody who offered to lend me their guitar for me to try out. In addition to trying out the guitar for a couple of weeks, I contacted guitar teachers around the world who actively use Fretlight guitars in their lessons to see how useful the guitar actually is as a learning tool.
This review gives you an overview of my experience as well as feedback from over 40 guitar teachers around the world who use Fretlight guitars with their students. So if you’re a beginner thinking about getting a Fretlight guitar, this review was created for you.
The concept behind the Fretlight guitar is simple: each fret position can light up with an inbuilt LED. The guitar connects to software such as Guitar Pro 6 and can light up scales, chords or even songs on your fretboard while you play. From a learning point of view this is an incredibly effective way to learn guitar because the LEDs will provide you with instant feedback on which notes to play and memorize. There’s no other way of achieving this other than placing tacky stickers on your guitar.
There are quite a few different models available on the Fretlight website and the model I managed to try out is the FG-421 which is a basic strat style electric guitar. I’ll talk specifically about the quality of the FG-421 later. For now, here is an overview of the common features available on all Fretlight guitars:
LED enabled fretboard
The guitar is based around the feature that each fret position on each string can light up with inbuilt LEDs (including the open position – the nut lights up). This is achieved with a polymer fretboard that looks and mainly feels like any other fretboard. The diagram below shows how the LEDs are embedded in the fretboard.
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