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E and D string are off/to sharp
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RE: E and D string are off/to sharp (in reply to Schieper)
Dog, I had forgot about Ricardo's tune your Freaken guitar vid!!!
I have one guitar I missed the fret layup some how, it's subtle but when I'm playing around with a few or more in the cabnit in the house I might sence a difference between guitars of simalar build but when I pick up this one there is something off I can't place and I've not been able to locate with a tuner. Can't say ive tried all that much. It's a 23 inch scale and thinking fret distances become more critical the shorter the scale?
I'm guessing it has to be really bad to be bad and otherwise we can become atune just or as our mind will disregard a flaw once it becomes normalized with use or time. Not having the best luck choosing words to discirbe this.
I've seen players so wrapped up in tuning and retuning... Was tending bar at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz for a couple years, we would play a game amungst ourselves: guitar or bass tuned and we did a kazzi round. As you can imagine some nights it got a little rough.
I did catch a mismarked fret line once by eye, sure enough I had switched a couple units, I use a scale graduated in hundrithes of an inch, that would be like .25mm. I use a vary sharp probe to make a tiny dot then a squar and scalpel,to make a perfect line. I mark the side of the fretboard cause I use a band saw with a special blade to cut my fret slots after the fretboard is glued to the neck but before the neck is glued to the top and ribs. I'm reworking this some with my next guitars but still ill fret the assembly befor hand cause I feel it works well for me.
I set the frets in boiled linseed oil, check with a rocker and reset accordingly, then I flip,her over onto a thick piece of vary flats and smooth granit, clamp down, then deadblow the back side of the neck cause.
I like to string up in the white for a week and then I'll hit the frets with a vary fine flat file.
When the guitar is done the frets are mostly perfect but I'll rocker them and file if need be. Been making the first fret about .003 taller then the second. i find I get .007-.010 relief by string tension but the next four necks I made up a couple weeks ago have full depth carbon fiber webs so I might need to ether rethink my perfectly flat fretboard or just work it into the frets by filing...
I remove all the file marks with 400 wet dry paper, then 600, then steel wool, then a little red polishing compound on a small buffing wheel with the Dreamal. This last run takes more time to mask off the whole fretboard then the filing and sanding and polishing. Would look nicer if I spent a whole hour I sopose but I'm building players guitars not collectors.
Ha, didn't really intend to write all this but went through it yesterday on one and the day before on another so it's all fresh in my mind.. The Boss is asleep so I can't play...
I prefer my flamenco guitar spicy,
doesn't have to be fast,
should have some meat on the bones,
can be raw or well done,
as long as it doesn't sound like it's turning green on an elevator floor.
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