Why do you use zero-frets?

All .strandberg* instruments come equipped with a zero-fret that substitutes a common nut as the first contact point between the strings and the neck. The advantages of utilizing a zero-fret in combination with a common nut for string guidance are the following:

  • Complete sonic balance - Open and fretted notes will have equal sonic properties and character.
  • Correct height of open strings - The use of a zero-fret of a calculated size ensures that the open strings reside on equal height above the fretboard as the strings do when they are fretted.
  • Better tuning stability / better intonationA minimal contact surface will ensure the least amount of friction and provide a more accurate intonation reference point.
  • String ground - Our bridges are made from anodized aluminum, which is not electrically conductive. We ground one string at the bridge, and the 0-fret grounds the remaining strings.

The fretwire we use for this task is slightly taller (0,01"/0,25mm) than the remaining frets because this generally leads to better playability and ease of setup.

The zero-frets on our guitars are made from the same supreme quality stainless steel as all the other frets and are capable of withstanding extended periods of use before needing service, but it may need slight touching up at one time or another on account of the pressure from the strings on a small contact surface. This is to be expected and we encourage all players not to be alarmed if one day encountering small scratches or dents as these are easily removed and the surface restored to its former glory. If you have a dent in your zero fret, please follow the steps in this support article to restore it.

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