Zero fret problem - need help

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  1. Pawel.W

    Pawel.W Junior Member

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    Hi to everybody!

    i have a "little" problem with my fretboard :dunno:
    I ordered it in a 24 9/16" scale which schould be about 623,8875 mm.

    When it arrived i noticed a "zero slot". The slots in are 0,6 mm width.
    After control measuring i noticed that first fret and the following ones
    are off about 0,3 mm which means that they all were measured from
    the middle of the "zero slot".

    How can i handle this?


    Thank you for your help!!!
     
  2. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    that's normal, nothing to worry about...in fact I always build with the nut shifted a tiny bit forward towards the first fret (and more than the distance you have) for a sweeter temper at the first few frets.
     
  3. SG Lou

    SG Lou Senior Member

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    I agree with Freddy. You shouldn't have a problem :thumb:
     
  4. Pawel.W

    Pawel.W Junior Member

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    Thank but... :)

    maybe i understand it all wrong but:

    If i would remove the zero fret completely, the distance from the nut to the middle of the first fret would be = -0,3 mm off. That means that i would have to sand the top of the nut back 0,3 mm, not towards the first fret, could it be?

    Thanx
     
  5. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    What I'm saying is that it's actually desirable to shorten the theoretically correct distance from the nut to the first fret, and the amount you are talking about is negligible. If anything, intonation will sound better.
     
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    emoney Senior Member

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    As long as the distance between the rest of the frets are correct, it wouldn't matter
    much if either the first or last is short, would it?
     
  7. Pawel.W

    Pawel.W Junior Member

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    hi emoney,

    think about it as if you would take all frets as a package and move them -0,3 mm.
    Or if you would have a "normal" fretboard and create the nut that is +0,3 mm the typical zero position.

    Freddy G told me that everything should be ok.
     

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