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Re: Fretless Intonation

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Posted by Dave Rawlings ( on June 25, 2002 at 08:55:35:

In Reply to: Fretless Intonation 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.

You're sorta right about being able to adjust tuning with your fingers. But why go through all the trouble to remember which direction you roll your finger to make each note play in tune? It's just as easy to tune for 12th fret harmonics then relax and play without the hassles! Part of being able to play fretless is knowing where your fretting had position is in relation to the neck, but if you're always trying to adjust tuning on the fly while you're playing, you could get yourself out of position too easily.

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