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Fretless Nut question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by needmoney, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. Just about to install a new slotted Jazz Bass nut in my Fretless.

    Just wondering, Is it better to have the slots closer to the fingerboard? I play with a light-medium touch, and I want quite low action, but with the old nut I had it was buzzing like all hell before the first fret (you know what I mean). I'm assuming this is because of neck relief, but will it help to file the nut slots lower than usual?

    Thanks a lot.
  2. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Take it slow.
    Remember, with these nuts, you can only file, and you can't make the last wrong step undone.
    If it's comfortable enough, stop.
    Anyway, I have the nut on my fretless cut low. The bridge and relief are high, though (on an ABG, you have to dig in to be heard)
  3. to get even sound between open notes and fingered notes you need to cut the slot as close as possible to the board without the string actually touching it. anywhere from 1/64 to 1/128th of an inch will work best. Probably about the thickness of a bond 20 sheet of paper.
  4. +1 take it low baby, little by little, not to much relief and a low action and you'll get plenty of smooth fretless mwahhh!!! ggggreat, niice
  5. Agreed. That's about where mine is set. Niiiice and low, but just barely clearing the board.

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