Hi Gman, I enjoy your
site and am slowly working my way through all the content there. I had
a topic you might consider adding to your info pages. Zero fret
guitars. I've got a no-name one that I just picked up a couple weeks
ago dirt cheap and pretty beat, but strangely full and vibrant - even
though the intonation was waaaayyy off. I took a chance on it because
at the price, i would either cure it or kill it. So I started
experimenting on it. From what I had read on your site I was certain it
needed a new nut immediately. The one on it was homemade poorly out of
what appeared to be ebony, with wide, irregular spacing and depths.
When I took it to the guitar shop, the guy took one look and said "oh,
that's a zero fret, you don't need a nut, that's just a spacer. The
strings are supposed to rest on that zero fret". Now, I had never heard
of a zero fret before, and maybe others havn't either. Let me tell you
what happened. I sawed that nut down further to let the strings contact
that zero fret wire and man-o-man, my intonation cleared up about 90%.
A little fiddling around with the truss rod and saddle height, and darn
if it doesn't play pretty sweet.
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