Acousticraft Posted January 28, 2008 Report Share Posted January 28, 2008 (edited) I have noticed that with a pre-slotted radiused fingerboard getting the intonation correct is a problem. Its easy to get the twelfth fret an octave above the open string but noticeably on the wound & B strings they play sharp at the first three frets or so. That means all the normal open chords are sharp as well. I know usually .5mm is taken off the nut end of the fingerboard to try and compensate for this. This means the open string length is fractionally incorrect. I have looked at those compensated nuts they make but another idea which I had thought about is actually compensating the frets from their mathematical positions. I found this excellent article that talks about just this and has a calculator to tell you where fret placement should be. I know the guitar is a tempered scale and will never be perfectly in tune all over but it would be nice to have more in-tune open chords. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/coleman005/intonati.htm This way the fingerboard end is not shortened just the fret placements. Has anyone tried this? Edited January 28, 2008 by Acousticraft Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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