Does anyone know what fret wire should I use for a zero fret? If I'm using med/med for frets, what should I use for the zero fret?

Views: 169

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

The largest you can find. Gitty has one called jumbo pyramid that I use.

I usually use a finishing nail (4d).

 Most six stringers have a zero fret the same size as the other frets, to get the lowest action possible. 

I have used the same size as the others and a jumbo fret. Same size will get you a lower action. A jumbo fret is easier to do. Less fret leveling required to make it work.

The annoying thing about Zero Frets is having to make a string guide for all the strings.

Which is why I use a Brass or Steel bolt for a nut. Has built in guides. Just have to cut a channel for the bolt.

 I use the same size as the others ,

I use Gitty super jumbo for the zero, medium/medium for the rest. Intonation is solid, tuning is smooth and stable and I'm pretty sure it helps with sustain too. Big fan!

The two that I have made, I used jumbo fretwire. Tight, high enough to slide...

Something i've been meaning to post here for a while now and kept forgetting to. Since i started zero fretting it has been my regular method generally using medium/ medium wire for all frets, i get a very good low action, but, as i have a damaged left hand and struggle to fret with any more than 1 finger, at the most 2, i tend to mainly use a slide and the medium/ medium combination is tough to use unless i raise the bridge to a point where fretting any where above the 5th fret is very sharp. To get around this, and keep a good low action for others to use I got some 4mm aluminium tube from a hobby supplier, cut it to the length of my zero fret, then sanded it until it was a "c" section, then slide it over my zero fret under the strings and it raises the strings around 1mm at the nut, it works well and takes seconds to add and remove plus a quick tuning tweak 

They are traditionally same size as rest, if you use search function of this forum you'll come across a bevy of past experiences from members FYI, good luck.

That's true.

Most of these gits don't have a trussrod and most that do have one have a non-adjustable type. So it's really better to have a zero fret that's a little bigger to lessen the chances of fret buzz. Especially after the wood ages and everything moves a bit since most of these gits use new wood instead of aged/seasoned.

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Forum

My music partner

Started by Richard Dean in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Jim Morris 3 hours ago. 2 Replies

VIDEO: The World's Most Irritating Instrument

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Paul Craig on Sunday. 17 Replies

Blog Posts

To enthusiastic

Posted by Shawn McConnaughay Sr on September 14, 2017 at 12:25am 1 Comment

first steps

Posted by Saigon Bob on September 5, 2017 at 7:37am 3 Comments

One stringers

Posted by Richard Dean on September 5, 2017 at 6:03am 5 Comments

Solid Body #1

Posted by Hal Robertson on August 29, 2017 at 12:30am 5 Comments

Latest Activity

Chick Who Tinkers commented on Jeff 'Bones' Reilly's photo
Thumbnail

Let's see your other talents .

"Beautiful and awesome, in equal measures."
5 minutes ago
John Sawyer replied to Kirk's discussion Less neck shaping for a faster build time?
"I have several grades of guitars....  I sell slide KITS at local faires... 3/8" round…"
16 minutes ago
John Sawyer replied to ChickenboneJohn's discussion Fractal Lichtenberg electrical woodburing - FATAL ACCIDENT
"That is the way to go!  I did add a foot switch to the mains side... For demonstration…"
17 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Erasmo Coco's video
Thumbnail

Still Raining Winter Coming Blues

"I can't get enough of your pickin Erasmo. I gotta find my old flatpicks. You inspire!"
18 minutes ago
Dave Lynas liked Erasmo Coco's video
18 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Snuffy Smith's video
Thumbnail

Angelface by Snuffy Smith

"Loved seeing your fingering Snuffy. Thanks for the lesson."
25 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Richard Sundberg's video
Thumbnail

Four string dreams

"Thanks for the tour of your world Richard. I love the scene! Cooleroo!"
31 minutes ago
Kigar replied to Kirk's discussion Less neck shaping for a faster build time?
"With a draw knife a neck can be shaped in just a few minutes.  If the grain is straight and…"
39 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on Wade's photo
Thumbnail

When CBN Members Join Forces!!!

"May the forces be with you! Foil heaven..."
44 minutes ago
Dave Lynas commented on AGP #'s photo
Thumbnail

AGP #298 - ''Black Punch''

"Beautiful craftsmanship AGP!"
47 minutes ago
Kigar replied to ChickenboneJohn's discussion Fractal Lichtenberg electrical woodburing - FATAL ACCIDENT
"Cause, I totally understand your concern.  Not sure how this is a shortcut though, love to see…"
48 minutes ago
Dave Lynas posted a photo

The Wooden Hearts

The group is growing. The band stands are coming. The one a day plan...
51 minutes ago

Events

Music

Loading…

© 2017   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service