The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #106618   Message #2204859
Posted By: Don Firth
29-Nov-07 - 02:18 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Zero Frets
Subject: RE: Tech: Zero Frets
"(Casual observation is that flamenco guitars are somewhat more prone to use a first fret; but I've made no formal surveys of the usage.)"

Although there may be some, I've never seen a classic or flamenco guitar (and I've owned several classics and three flamencos) with a zero fret, although it seems to me that on both, a classic in particular, maintaining a consistent tone quality between open and fretted strings would be desirable. Flamenco guitarists almost always use a capo (├žejilla) somewhere between the third and seventh frets, so they get the effect of a zero fret, even though thay do use what would otherwise be "open-string" chords a lot.

Don Firth