"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…"
"Thank you Luis, and Greg, for your expert advice. When I have time I will try your idea. If it does not work perfectly, or if I make a mistake, no harm done, since as I said it is a very inexpensive instrument. If nothing else, I…"
Not only this thread flows in a foreign language (to me, of course), but also you use imperial measures, and I need to convert into metric ones before I can understand what's going on! Pure fun! I'm loving it!
Now, Paul, be…"
"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 distance from nut to 12th fret is 6 3/4 ", the distance from 12th fret to saddle is exactly 3/32 longer. As far as I can tell, the action at the first fret is 1 mm, at the 12th fret is 2 mm. "
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…"
The idea of using the smooth part of a metal drill as an experimental saddle is a good one. However, to make the slot wider is a delicate operation requiring adequate tools and great expertise...
At this point, it would be of great help…"
"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.…"
"Greg & Paul,
Ha,ha, ha! In Portuguese, we use the same word (pestana) to mean the bridge saddle and the nut, so that caused my mistake. It's fantastic how, after having read so many books and magazines about guitars, written in English, I…"
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…"
If EVERY fretted note is sharp, then probably the vibrating segment of the string is too short: the bridge should move a few millimeters back. Of course, one can't do that, but there's a number of things you CAN do.
I can see that…"
I am still looking for regular work. Craziest thing ever. I have never had trouble getting employment until late 2008. Strange times we are in.
All is well though. I am like Larry, Daryl and Daryl, from the Newhart Show. I will do just about anything for a buck and do. In my free time I am finishing up my wife's website up for her band. Then it is time for me to celebrate by taking some time with my guitar.
My guitar playing is so so. I have been spending all my time looking for work, soliciting for work and taking care of my wife and step daughter. I gave my Alvarez guitar to my step daughter...she plays all the time. I loaned out my classical guitar to a friend and I am left with my very first guitar, my Takamine Jasmine. I have started working on Need You Know by Lady Antebellum...I am hit or miss on practicing even though I try to get 10 minutes a day. Crazy because before getting married I was playing and practicing all the time.