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BluesBop Harry wrote: »
Bob Holo wrote: »
One of them is the: “Ya gotta be able to pluck the strings without fretting out in order to develop a right hand technique.” Player development seems to proceed (roughly) along a path. I have no scientific evidence, but have seen it happen so often that I know it is at least a very common path if not the only one. People start out with no right hand power. They set their action up high to get more right hand power and they do get more power… but not entirely for the reason they thought. It’s not so much the high setup (though it can be, to some degree) but the fact that they can now actually “dig in” without fretting out. Then comes the stage of gaining some control and learning how to use the left hand in coordination with the right hand and then eventually if they develop good technique, they lower their action to gain speed and improve intonation while maintaining most if not all of the power they got with high action.
Bob Holo wrote: »
The other is that there are at least two normal valid setups for GJ guitars - and this is something I often hear people refer to as “stiff” or “supple” guitars. Sure, guitars that are built more lightly tend to have a more supple feel, but many times when a person hands me a guitar and says: “This one is a stiff guitar”, it turns out that the zero fret is high. Think about how much more force it requires to depress the string 1mm with your finger at the 1st fret than at the 12th fret. Way more pressure is required at the 1st fret. Physics and the Modulus of Elasticity doing their job to keep the universe behaving consistently ;-) No matter how low the action of the guitar is, it will still feel stiff in the first three or four positions if the zero fret is high. So you tend to have two types of GJ setup. 1.) Flat necks with high zero frets and generally flat fretboards. 2.) Relieved necks with low zero frets and generally arched fretboards. Style 1 is influenced by the classical guitar and style 2 is influenced by the jazz guitar. Generally, either works well, but mixing them… not so much. If you have a guitar with a high zero fret and relief, you have a guitar that is tough to play and has intonation problems. If you have a guitar with a low zero fret and no relief, you have a guitar that frets out a lot.