kingfisher Posted March 26, 2010 Report Share Posted March 26, 2010 I think my frets may be in the wrong place - and I think yours may be too! First let me briefly introduce myself. I have been on this board a good while, although I don’t post much. I have been making guitars for a good while longer (over 45 years) and have made around 30 instruments, plus innumerable repairs, refrets, etc. - so I am not exactly a beginner. Back to fret placement. I have always calculated the fret positions using 1/17.818, which gives you the twelfth fret at half the scale length. i.e. if the scale is 26”, then the octave fret comes at 13”. Seems logical, but then, when tuning, the bridge has to move back a bit, to compensate for the string stretch when fretting. or to put it another way , the twelfth fret is not in the right place. So, it occurred to me, maybe rather than moving the bridge, which is all well and good for fret 12, but not for the other frets (the higher up the neck you go, the flatter the note), I should move the frets a bit in compensation. This would be achieved by using a smaller divisor than 17.818 in the fret calculation. All the frets would then be moved by the correct amount. - well at least more correct than moving the bridge. The actual number is easily calculated by the way. Am I on to something here? I welcome your comments. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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