Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: First fret string clearance?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Parrish, FL
    Posts
    125

    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!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    733
    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

  3. #3
    tom is offline Supreme Commander of the Anderson Empire
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    thousand oaks, CA
    Posts
    9,972
    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.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Parrish, FL
    Posts
    125
    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!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Parrish, FL
    Posts
    125
    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!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    373
    I bought a lovely used HSTC from 2011 and it was hardly played.. intonation was way off, i dont understand why.. and the nut was to high. it was realy bad for me, and it have medium frets. on my DT i have lowrise thanx to advice from TOM when i was ordering it!
    I am thinking of refretting my HSTC to lowrise. then i think the nut can go even further down
    Playing Tom Anderson Drop Top, and a Hollow Short T Classic

  7. #7
    tom is offline Supreme Commander of the Anderson Empire
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    thousand oaks, CA
    Posts
    9,972
    i can't tell you how many people call to say they re intonated their guitar guitar because it was off with the boss tuner. they completely undid the BFTS.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •