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nut slot (or zero fret) height on fretted and fretless

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by The Mock Turtle Regulator, May 6, 2004.

  1. what height do you prefer to set the nut slots at?

    is the open string action set higher than the "2nd fret with the 1st fret held action" so the open string won't buzz at all, and also catering for wear?

    -although this will make fretting athe first fret more difficult.

    on fretless is the slot set so the strings practically lie on the fingerboard?

    there's an interview with Percy Jones in which he says he prefers one of his 2 Wals with lower nut slots as the open string buzzes/mwahs.
  2. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    If you want mwah with open strings, you do that. You could, possibly add a very minimal strip, but that would be less than .3mm. I tried .5mm with mwah-less result.
    Actually, the strings will force such a relief on the neck, that there will in effect be enough distance with the strings resting on the fingerboard end.