Zero-Fret Set-up

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Tritone, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. Tritone

    Tritone Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2002
    Santee, America
    When I set the string height on my basses, I place a capo at the first fret to take the nut height out of the equation. My question is, is this necessary with a zero-fret instrument? I'm thinking no, because the zero fret is "acting" as the first fret, but I would like to be sure.

    Thanks in advance..
  2. When you set the string height? Or are you referring to a neck relief check?
    I must be missing something because I can't see why you use the capo for adjusting string height. Using it for checking neckbow/relief is helpful.
    If you are talking about relief, I would think that you would use the capo just the same way as with a bass without a zero fret.

  3. maurilio

    maurilio Guest

    May 25, 2003
    you're thinking correctly... (if the zero fret was done correctly!)

  4. Could you please explain this for me? I'm probably missing something, and I hate it when that happens :confused:

    Why would one want to capo-down the strings at the first fret to set string height?


  5. Tritone

    Tritone Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2002
    Santee, America
    Yeah, I was really refering to relief, although I also do it when I set my saddle height (it's been a long day :rolleyes: ). I do use the capo to set saddle height for all my basses, though. It's just a bit more consistant way for me to have a standard reference. I might be totally off the mark, but that's what has worked for me.