"One more thought. Perhaps the nut is too far from the first fret. You can use a fret calculator to discover the distance that the first fret should be from the nut. If the first fret is too far from the nut then all notes would…"
"Well then, the action seems within reasonable tolerance so you may need to lengthen the compensation by moving the saddle. Without some confidence and competence in wood working you should seek out a luthier in your area that can deal with…"
The height above the bridge doesn't tell us much. What is the action height at the first fret? Do you have to press a significant distance to fret the note? Same question at the 12th. Measure from top of fret to bottom of string if…"
"Agreed, but I think you will also agree that removing and moving the bridge is even more complicated! We will also need to know Paul's comfort level, experience and tooling before letting him loose on this.
Luthiers who do repair work…"
"Some languages (like English) are more specific and able to define things on a level an engineer would appreciate, but give me any of the romance languages (like Portuguese) for the pure beauty of the sounds and their ability to communicate emotion.…"
I see you are in Lisbon so perhaps the bone piece in the bridge is called a nu5 there but a better term for me is "saddle" as it defines the two pieces better.
Luis' advice is spot on if the saddle is not located…"
"Leave it there, play the living hell out of it and smile. But if you really can't stand the look you should be able to work your way through a series of very fine sand papers wetted in water with just a drop of dish soap in it and then…"
"Lots and lots of data and detail here but your last paragraph is most revealing. You need to hook up with a local luthier and be prepared to take it back for further adjustment a couple of times after the initial set up before you are happy. You may…"
"Removing fret boards is very dependent on the materials used to install them in the first place. Older instruments will almost always have been glued together with hide glue. A little heat on the fret board and a hot putty knife will separate…"
"If plastic were rare and valuable we might all be talking about what a wonderful effect it has on instruments! Perception is reality most of the time.
The one really poor aspect of plastic is that it is soft and warps away from the ferule under…"
"Very subjective question. There is no doubt that bone will enhance an instrument where substandard nuts and saddles have been installed but pins are debatable. I notice a difference when replacing plastic with almost anything else but the…"
"Lots of questions and no absolute answers. I am beginning to use laminations for my backs on occasion. As tonewoods get more rare I believe you will see many more builders doing so. I did this most recently on an all Spruce 00 I am building.…"
"Your system is very much like most peoples approach and works well. It is limited only to your imagination and steadiness of hand. When I wanted to up-level my inlay (without going all the way to CNC) I built myself a pantograph…"
"The few times I tried "re-training" wood the results were temporary at best. Unless you can soften the lignin through heat as we do when bending the results will be less than stellar. It would be great to hear stories about long term…"
"A flat fret board is typically a dead give away for it being a classical when all you have to go by is a verbal description. I also
thought we were dealing with a nylon string instrument until I saw the photo.
It's always a battle…"
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
I have many Nelson guitars (of course)
Two Cumpiano's including the steel string he built for "Guitar building. Tradition and technology."
Two Nelson fiddles (I refuse to call them violins)
Various vintage instruments.