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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by dmunson, Aug 8, 2019.
The zero fret makes sense while they continue to use badly cut nuts on new guitars.
Is it arguably harder to do a custom set up with a zero fret. A nut can be customized by height, but once the zero fret is in, your only option is to replace it.
I think Setzers zero fret may have been worn down causing him issues with action and playability not to mention tone.. probably was a real pain
Logic and results support the zero fret.
Cost and maybe demand do not.
It is easier to add later on than to replace, so from the point of view that any mass produced item is a basis, meant to fit as many people's needs and wants and shoulds as possible, it is the right decision to take it out.
But a lot of the Gretschness is about being different in a certain way, it has a tradition in that brand and is, as far as I hear and read, pretty popular.
I maybe will add one, too. Not sure yet. I'll see...
I wouldn't hesitate in doing something non-exotic and non-standard in Gretsch's position, but someone who has a bit more influence than I have seems seeing this different. They're fine both ways anyway...
My Tennessean has one and I play that guitar the most but that's more because that guitar means more to me then the others, I like the idea of the zero fret as like others says it makes sense to me to put them in, but in saying that my other guitars don't have them and I won't not pick them up because of it.
In my opinion it could be one of those things that depend on the music you play/style of your playing but that's just me.
That and to me it seems that Fender are maybe wanting to broaden the demographic of Gretsch buyers, 10-15 years ago here in Queensland (Australia) when I was trying to buy gretsch guitars you would be hard pressed to find them in any music store, the only people who kept them where the high end places or the boutique/collectible stores, now they are in most stores with one of the sales people telling me the other day that they are trying to get more younger people to try them out as they tend to pigeon hole what they are due to the looks and that not a lot of mainstream pop/rock artist play them.
Zero frets tend to get grooves in them pretty quickly from the constant pressure from the strings. Bending strings near the nut leads to a clicking noise as the string pops out of the divot.
Yep, that's why I actually think the zero glide may be superior to the Gretsch style that I have, no spacing between the but and zero fret . . And reversible
I have had tuning issues with my 5120 - which is on its second nut - and I am sorely tempted to give a zero glide a try.