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Fret placement in relation to a bolt nut

Started this discussion. Last reply by BUGGY (C) Sep 7, 2013. 15 Replies

Hi folks. So I've built two 3-string box guitars so far and I've used a bolt as the nut both times. But each time I used nails as the frets and just glued them down after putting on the strings. This…Continue

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BUGGY (C) replied to Russ Dugger's discussion Fret placement in relation to a bolt nut
"yup jumbo on first and smaller frets for rest can be done as a nut..works but you need string tees to hold down strings tight..or I do!"
Sep 7, 2013
BUGGY (C) replied to Russ Dugger's discussion Fret placement in relation to a bolt nut
"centralise on fret one/nut position as far as I am aware... you could try bugs easy frets, thick super glue and wide split pins for frets.( Break in half at loop with cutters).. but they are a bitch to grind down so cut them well at an angle! But…"
Sep 7, 2013
Bad Finger (Eric) replied to Russ Dugger's discussion Fret placement in relation to a bolt nut
"Sure, i agree with you. I've found the jumbo wire to be useful on the zero fret. Moving the bridge/saddle height for a sufficient break angle works too. Since the break angle over the fret increases as you move toward the bridge, it isn't…"
Sep 6, 2013
The Phrygian Kid replied to Russ Dugger's discussion Fret placement in relation to a bolt nut
"Sorry ed but this is misinformation. A zero fret does not 'need to be' a bigger guage wire than the rest at all. In fact I've never heard of that practice except for here in this site. Arguing so is like saying a capo will only work…"
Sep 5, 2013
Bad Finger (Eric) replied to Russ Dugger's discussion Fret placement in relation to a bolt nut
"Let's say you shoot this thing completely off and you're 2mm out of whack on your nut placement.  It is really only going to matter on the open note and even that can be remedied by moving the bridge slightly.  If you know you…"
Sep 5, 2013
Russ Dugger replied to Russ Dugger's discussion Fret placement in relation to a bolt nut
"That's what I love about this place! All the great ideas and helpful peeps. I think I'll give my first try with a single sting. Thin neck will save on the fret wire if it totally goes belly-up.   I'll be sure to let CGBN know how…"
Sep 5, 2013
The Phrygian Kid replied to Russ Dugger's discussion Fret placement in relation to a bolt nut
"I think you should consider a zero fret, it'll almost certainly give you a sweeter intonation with less effort :)"
Sep 5, 2013
Slowpaw Steve T replied to Russ Dugger's discussion Fret placement in relation to a bolt nut
"halve the width of the bolt and use that as a fixed point to the first fret and you'll not go wrong (-:"
Sep 5, 2013
Clarky replied to Russ Dugger's discussion Fret placement in relation to a bolt nut
"Same for me I just use a fret calculator, printed it out and mark the frets from the nut all the way up the neck.  I started using bone and plastic for the bridge but went back to bolts as I like the sound and the look of them.  I never…"
Sep 5, 2013

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