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Intonation and setup....sharp notes on first couple of frets. Help!!!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Philthy, Jan 30, 2004.


  1. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Wallington, NJ
    I own an SR-3000E Ibanez 4 string bass. The action is perfect. The open strings and the 12th fret note are perfectly in tune. However, the first 3 or 4 frets register a bit sharp on my tuner. Then from about the 5th to 12th fret it's fine. Then from the 13th fret on, the notes seem a bit flat. Any ideas how this can be fixed? Is it possibly a nut issue?

    Thanks!!!!
     
  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    That's the normal effect when your nut is too high. You need to (carefully) deepen the grooves.