Exactly where do you put the frets on the neck?
On this page you can calculate just that.|
It depends on the scale you want.
Standard scales are 64 cm / 25 inch for a guitar, and 86 cm /34 inch for a bass.
The results of the calculation are in the same units you entered. For example, if you enter 86 cm, the results are also in centimetres.
The scale is the swinging part of the string, so between the saddle on the bridge, and the nut.
Some trivial but nevertheless sometimes useful information: fret number 12 (= one octave up) is exactly in the middle of the scale. fret number 24 (= another octave up) is in the middle between
the bridge and the 12th fret.
| Some guitars and basses have a zero-fret. If that is the case, the scale is the distance between bridge/saddle and zero-fret.
The nut is just acting as a string-spacer when a zero-fret is mounted, the height of the strings is no longer determined by the nut, but by the zero-fret.
The distance between zero-fret and nut is not that important, it's usually about half a centimetre or a fifth of an inch.
The reasons to apply a zero-fret: |
- - you want to have the frets and zero point from the same material (a plastic nut sounds different from a nickel alloy fret).
- - You don't want to fiddle around filing the nut, when a zero-fret gives you the right height at once.
Below is a table with the fret distances from fret to nut (or fret to zerofret, whatever may be the case).
It's prefilled with values for a 34 inch scale. Just change the value and push the recalc button.|
|1st octave||2nd octave||3rd octave|
|fret nr||distance to nut||fret nr||distance to nut||fret nr||distance to nut|
|1||1.91||13 ||17.95||25 ||25.98|
|2||3.71||14 ||18.85||26 ||26.43|
|3||5.41||15 ||19.7||27 ||26.85|
|4||7.01||16 ||20.51||28 ||27.25|
|5||8.53||17 ||21.26||29 ||27.63|
|6||9.96||18 ||21.98||30 ||27.99|
|7||11.31||19 ||22.65||31 ||28.33|
|8||12.58||20 ||23.29||32 ||28.65|
|9||13.78||21 ||23.89||33 ||28.95|
|10||14.92||22 ||24.46||34 ||29.23|
|11||15.99||23 ||24.99||35 ||29.5|
|12||17||24 ||25.5||36 ||29.75|
Yep, up to 36 frets are calculated. Ridiculous? Maybe... but some people don't think it is...