Distance Nut to First Fret

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Ingemar, Jan 29, 2002.

  1. Ingemar


    Sep 12, 2000
    Most basses I've tested, are hard to intonate
    If I intonate open E string and E string 12 fret
    right, the F tone(first fret E string) will be to high.
    I've heard it's because the nut is to close to first fret ( got an 5 string 34" with Daddario 040-125 )
    Does anyone know the right distace?
    ( now my bass has 48.6mm from nut to top of fret)
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    It isn't because the nut is too close to the first fret. It is because the nut is too high. If the nut is too high, you are bending the string a significant amount in order to get it to contact the fretboard. Enough to raise the pitch of the string.

    In fact, if the first fret was too close to the nut (unless of course the whole scale of the neck was wrong) then the first fret F would actually be flat, not sharp.

    The best option for repair is to have a new nut filed for the bass. I have had some luck in the past removing the nut and filing down the bottom and resetting it. However, the nut is set with a pretty strong glue, so I always assume that I am going to break it when removing it.

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