Zero fret????

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rhcp17, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. rhcp17


    Oct 1, 2001
    pennsylvania usa
    i was looking at some basses, and recently there was a post here about them, i shoulda asked it then but i wasnt thinking. So anyway, what do they do??? they look functionless to me, so whaths the advantages of having them, and idsatvantages?thanks a lot
  2. jdombrow

    jdombrow Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    The nut is moved back and the "zero fret" is positioned where the nut would normally be. The zero fret gives open strings the same tone as fretted notes.

    I don't know what the disadvantages would be (if any).

  3. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    This feature was also incorporated into the Mark King Status bass in order to offset the lack of a headstock. The features on this particular bass allows you to bend the string past the "zero fret".
  4. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    0-fret is used due to better definition of the scale point, and better control of the tension increase at the first fret.

    Some disagree with this. For more information, eat this (instead of breakfast, lunch and dinner for two days...)
    0-fret thread