Acoustic Guitars/Guitar question


uncle duke wrote at 2014-11-03 18:00:02
If you are capable of re-tuning a guitar after loosening all of the strings to clear the nut area then try this to see if you can make chord playability easier.  First off, Fender is known for pretty good clearances but yours may need some improvement.  Get a piece of a pencil without the eraser section.  Sand the pencil sideways until you have it at half thickness/diameter.  Glide it across the frets with the sharpened lead lightly touching the nut.  The mark that is left should run right across the bottom of the string slots in the nut or really, really close.  If there's a mm difference heightwise between the line and slot have it recut lower.  It's an old Bob Benedetto trick that speeds up the process for me.  After that, find an accomplished player somewhere and show him your finger positioning on the chords.  Have him/her move your fingers to the proper position while you hold the chord fingering down.  Don't let up and strum when ready.  Let go and try again.  Have the other player make adjustments again.  You'll know where you stand after that.  

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Kevin Dunham


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I am a scholar and researcher of vintage Asain Import guitars and my area of expertise is Sigma by Martin fretted instruments imported by C.F. Martin & Co. from 1970-2007. I have been compiling materials and studying Sigma since 2008.

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Studied at Linn Benton Community Collage in Albany Oregon and Marylhurst University in Portannd, Oregon. I have been a lifelong musician and student of guitars and am a guitar tech.

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