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Is this normal

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?

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  2. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 EBMM Nut Supporting Member

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

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  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    That is very strange looking
     
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  6. elgecko

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

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  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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

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

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

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    That's funny :p
     
  12. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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    Yes. However, asking a question without a question mark.....
     
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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

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    All about compensation.

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

    ;)

    wraub
     
  16. David Jayne

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    It's weird but it works. Only way to make a guitar play in tune.
     
  17. 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?
     
  18. 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.
     
  19. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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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.
     
  20. 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?
     
  21. TheEmptyCell

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