Saturday, October 31, 2009

Crystal Frets Vs. GlassTones?


I just received a comment on my Crystal Frets article disputing Erich Stone's claim as the inventor of quartz crystal frets. From the detail provided, could this be from a GlassTones representative?:

"Erich Stone is not the brain child of using quartz (Silica) for frets, GlassTones holds the US patent and Internation patent rights for this revolutionary technology, which was issued May 6, 2008 - US Pat 7,368,646. GlassTones technology purifies the vibration of stringed musical instruments. GlassTones is the real deal! Check them out at www.glasstonesllc.com Imitation is the greatest form of flattery"

The GlassTonesLLC site is under construction however.

The excerpt below is quoted from http://www.crystalfrets.com/

"(Erich) Stone, a Golden resident who worked the last five years at Red Lobster, has yet to convince the U.S. Patent Office of the breakthrough he has achieved. His application for a patent based on appearance was rejected two weeks ago; he is rewriting the application for a scientific patent, based on the clarity, sustainability and power of the sound made by his guitars."
This should get interesting.

Apparently GlassTones has exhibited at Winter NAMM 2009. Check out Guitar Jam Daily for the article.
(Pic Source: Guitar Jam Daily)
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