Zero-Fret Set-up

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

  1. Tritone

    Tritone 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 Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand Supporting Member

    May 25, 2003
    Studio City+Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings - DR Strings
    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 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.