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Posted by anonymouse ( on June 24, 2002 at 12:01:11:

A real dumb tip for fretless players.

I have a Cort Artisan Fretless and couldn't understand why I wasn't playing in tune all of a sudden on a job. Somehow the cheap bridge positioners (actually sliders) moved.

When I got home, I reset all of the sliders 34" from nut to where the bridge meets the string and voila, I could play in tune again. While I was at it, I took an exacto knife and made a light mark across the neck at the 17" mark corresponding to a true 12 fret with 34" scale, and another on the side of the bridge at the 34" mark.

With fretted instruments, you should take care to adjust each string bridge to make the 12 fret and 12 fret harmonic match. On fretless, this isn't as critical since your finger should perform the microadjustment.

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