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LeftRightOut
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May 25th, 2012 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

whats you opinions on the zero fret Good, Bad, Ugly?

looking at maybe getting a Country Club and any opinions on this guitar also would be welcome



Peegoo
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May 26th, 2012 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Zero frets are fantastic.

However, how well they work and how long they last (without wearing) totally depend on how well the nut is made.

Believe it or not--many good techs don't totally comprehend the importance of the nut and how it functions as part of a zero fret setup. The nut is more than a simple string spacer. Here's why:

Many zero-fret nuts are cut too deep. This places an inordinate amount of string downforce on the zero fret. When you bend--especially on plain strings--this excessive downforce will cause rapid wear in the top of the zero fret. This is bad, because it drops the string height over the first fret, and next thing you know, you're buzzing and fretting out.

The majority of the downforce of the strings' breakover needs to be borne by the nut. Each string should lightly rest atop the zero fret. This guarantees long zero fret life, and also greatly improves tuning stability because of the reduced friction over the zero fret.

The other improvement that can be done is this: if the player prefers plain nickel fret wire, install a stainless steel zero fret. These last a whole lot longer than standard nickel fret wire.

Peegoo
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May 26th, 2012 01:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some players that have problems with a zero fret guitar simply have the fingerboard cut through at the zero fret location and get a standard nut installed.

I do not recommend that for vintage guitars because it permanently alters the original design and will de-value the guitar.

But for a "player" guitar--do what you like!

LeftRightOut
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May 28th, 2012 11:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo,


depending how the FDP Tele pans out i might spring for one of these!

Filtertrons, Cadilac Green and a bigsby what more could you ask for?



Peegoo
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May 29th, 2012 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You could ask for a Melita bridge, string mute, and painted-on F holes!

On second thought...nah. Leave that stuff off =o)

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Jun 5th, 2012 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have always loved the zero fret starting with my old '64 6120. When I was shopping for a Gretsch recently, I rejected all those that didn't have one...ended up with a 6119 that did and love it. Playing a properly set-up guitar with a zero fret is like playing with a capo. :-)

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(This message was last edited by willie at 02:57 PM, Jun 5th, 2012)

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