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Tech: Fret spacing for 3 string Diatonic instr

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Subject: Tech: Fret spacing for 3 string Diatonic instr
From: HiHo_Silver
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 12:09 PM

I am interested in crafting a 3 string instrument such as the strum stick just as a hobby project through the long winter nights. Would appreciate any advice and particularly information on the fret spacing for a diatonic instrument such as this. Is there a formula on how the spacing is determined in relation to neck lenth etc.
Perhaps there are plans available somewhere, I have done quite extensive searching but have been unable to find very much detailed information on this.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Fret spacing for 3 string Diatonic instr
From: bigchuck
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 12:18 PM

The fret spacing would be the same as for a Dulcimer and would depend on the scale length of the instrument. I suspect google search on dulcimer construction and specifications would answer your question.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Tech: Fret spacing for 3 string Diatonic instr
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 12:20 PM

A very easy to use fret calculator for diatonic (dulcimer) instruments.....any scale length works!

GO CLICKETY_CLACK RIGHT HERE


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Tech: Fret spacing for 3 string Diatonic instr
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 12:22 PM

I also linked at the top, other threads on Mountain Dulcimer.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Tech: Fret spacing for 3 string Diatonic instr
From: Jack Campin
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 06:06 PM

To experiment, you could use tied-on frets made of nylon fishing line, as used on the viol or saz.

Or make something like a sitar, with movable frets mounted on rails.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Fret spacing for 3 string Diatonic instr
From: Darowyn
Date: 07 Sep 08 - 04:40 AM

A student of mine came back from Ankara with a Saz. The frets were electrical nylon tie-wraps.
Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: Tech: Fret spacing for 3 string Diatonic instr
From: Jack Campin
Date: 07 Sep 08 - 05:24 AM

I have a hard time believing that could be playable. I've seen a lot of sazes, and never one done that way - the action is normally far too low for such a thick fret not to buzz. I'd guess it was made for the "tourists will buy anything" market.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Fret spacing for 3 string Diatonic instr
From: Bert
Date: 20 Sep 08 - 08:50 PM

The twelfth root of two should do and leave out the frets you don't need.


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