The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #106618 Message #2204687
Posted By: GUEST,K
29-Nov-07 - 10:38 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Zero Frets
Subject: RE: Tech: Zero Frets
The point about a zf is that the string is always the same height above the fingerboard at every fret, so an open c-chord should feel the same as a c-shape 'd' with a capo on the 2nd fret(save for the inevitable extra pressure due to the slightly higher string angle).A full-bar F shape should also feel the same as further up.
I've encountered 'nutted'telecasters etc. where the action is harder at the 1st fret than further up,possibly giving a slight pitch problem as a result of greater downward bending(the string,not me).
'Cop-out'?.Possibly,but the builder still has to cut a nut because the 0 fret will only give an up and down string break-not side-to-side.
Cheaper instruments? Didn't the old Gretches use a zf?