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Thread: First fret string clearance?

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    First fret string clearance?

    Does anyone know the factory setting for string gap off first fret? This is for a 22 fret guitar if that makes a difference. Thanks!!

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    Hey there Armando! I saw your post and noticed nobody has responded so I will chim-in after not being here for a few years.

    There are different methods of measuring this.

    The Anderson method of measuring that distance is by holding down the string in question at the 3rd fret as if you were fretting/playing a note @ the 3rd fret. While holding that down, look at the gap between the string and the 1st fret. It's going to be very difficult to see, but it wants to be about .009 or less. Imagine the thickness of a high E string.

    Hope this helped.
    Bruce

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    that .009 is on the high side, that's a good number for bow, we're probably closer to .005 on the nut height.

    it's a pretty person delicate balance. the lower the better for intonation and feel, but too low with a hard hitter makes for rattles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce View Post
    Hey there Armando! I saw your post and noticed nobody has responded so I will chim-in after not being here for a few years.

    There are different methods of measuring this.

    The Anderson method of measuring that distance is by holding down the string in question at the 3rd fret as if you were fretting/playing a note @ the 3rd fret. While holding that down, look at the gap between the string and the 1st fret. It's going to be very difficult to see, but it wants to be about .009 or less. Imagine the thickness of a high E string.

    Hope this helped.
    Thanks Bruce!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom View Post
    that .009 is on the high side, that's a good number for bow, we're probably closer to .005 on the nut height.

    it's a pretty person delicate balance. the lower the better for intonation and feel, but too low with a hard hitter makes for rattles.
    Thanks Tom!

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