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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Hopkins, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I was messing around on youtube, and stumbled across a video of a classical guitar player named Tom Ward. I noticed the frets on his guitar look almost broken. So I looked up a different video where he was playing a less beat up guitar and it was the same thing.


    I have never seen anything like this before, is there some kind of reason behind it?

    [​IMG]
  2. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Supporting Member

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    I believe its for intonation. Steve Vai uses them.
  3. brendanbassist

    brendanbassist Supporting Member

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  4. Hopkins

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    That is very strange looking
  5. elgecko

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    Freaky, it looks like a bad photochop.
  6. PazzoBasso

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    Strange but True.
  7. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Its a good idea, I just don't know if the reward is worth the effort.
  8. thebassbuilder

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    I am with you on that. Also could you really hear the difference?
  9. SaintMez

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    Im not sure about the frets...but the Lee Press-on Nails are definitely a bad move.
  10. Musiclogic

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    That's funny :p
  11. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes. However, asking a question without a question mark.....
  12. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    The more you drink the straighter they become.
  13. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I should be tarred and feathered :spit:
  14. wraub

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    All about compensation.

    Except the press on nails.
    That's clearly a fashion thing.

    ;)

    wraub
  15. dmusic148

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    It's weird but it works. Only way to make a guitar play in tune.
  16. megafiddle

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    Kind of ironic, since classical guitars don't suffer from
    the same intonation problems that steel string guitars
    have.

    Notice that classical guitar saddles are straight, not
    angled. The saddle needed no compensation, but the
    frets do?
  17. tonybassman

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    The first thing I noticed is that the fret board widens until it is larger than the sound hole. That is a wide fret board. Maybe that design has something to do with it?

    edit: I missed Brendon's post, oops.
  18. Hopkins

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    In the video he said, that he uses all of his fingernails as picks, but for some reason he cant grow out his real nails or something.
  19. KramerDon

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    That 9th fret(if I'm counting correctly)sure doesn't look right to me.Unless it's the angle of the pic,it looks like the space between the 8th and 9th fret on the e string is smaller than the space from the 9th to the 10th frets? That can't be correct,can it?
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