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Is this normal

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

  1. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    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?

  2. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 EBMM Nut

    Jul 5, 2010
    Santa Barbara, CA
    I believe its for intonation. Steve Vai uses them.
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  4. BrBss


    Jul 9, 2010
  5. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    That is very strange looking
  6. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Freaky, it looks like a bad photochop.
  7. PazzoBasso


    Jan 21, 2011
  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Its a good idea, I just don't know if the reward is worth the effort.
  9. thebassbuilder


    Mar 7, 2012
    Spartanburg SC
    guitar builder, Meyers Guitars
    I am with you on that. Also could you really hear the difference?
  10. SaintMez


    Jan 3, 2010
    Lancaster CA
    Im not sure about the frets...but the Lee Press-on Nails are definitely a bad move.
  11. Musiclogic


    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    That's funny :p
  12. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yes. However, asking a question without a question mark.....
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    The more you drink the straighter they become.
  14. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    I should be tarred and feathered :spit:
  15. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    I'll have an IPA, please.
    All about compensation.

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


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


    May 25, 2011
    Kind of ironic, since classical guitars don't suffer from
    the same intonation problems that steel string guitars

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


    Jul 27, 2011
    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

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    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. 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

    TheEmptyCell Dingwall ABZ Player Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Syracuse, NY

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