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Has anyone ever taped on a temporary 1/12 fret with a paperclip or guitar string?

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Has anyone ever taped on a temporary 1/12 fret with a paperclip or guitar string? Someone recommended this to me and I think it's a great idea. Do you have a photo of how you did this? and where you put the tape? And how did you get the clip to work on all 3 strings?

Suggested Answer Number 1 (I'm thinking others will share their ideas too):

I wanted a fret under just the melody strings for one song. I filed a finish nail to the size of a fret and applied Scotch tape under the middle string. I removed the nail soon after so the tape didn't damage the finish on the fretboard.

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I haven't used a nail, but I did use a large paper clip, I cut off the longest leg and taped it to the fret board for a 1 1/2 fret for one song I was playing. It worked well.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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I did a workshop on using the 1+ fret with Karen Mueller a few years ago at the Redwood Dulcimer Day. I was the only one who had a dulcimer with a 1+ fret, but she pretty quickly taped paper clips to everyone else's for the purpose of the workshop.  I think she just eyeballed it around halfway between the 1st and 2nd frets for the purposes of the workshop, but if you were doing this for a gig or for a more permanent solution, you would want to use a fret spacing calculator or template and measure the exact placement.

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Sorry Finger trouble...

I repeat

Couldnt you just use a bit of guitar or maybe Uke fret wire with the underneath filed to suite?

and  use a tuner to find the exact place to put it?

And a last stupid question     Why not make it permanent ??

Cheers Bob E....      

 

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Filing a piece of regular fretwire down is a LOT more trouble that just using a piece of paperclip or a small brad. 

 WHY not make it permanent?  Because permanent is permanent.  To experiment and see if you will really use a plus fret as much as you think you would; before actually  you spend the money to have a fret installed that you don't really want or need except occasionally. If you're like me and lots of others you might have two or three songs in your hundred or more song repertoire which absolutely requires that odd fret.  BUT you only ever play those songs once or twice a year.  So once or twice a year, for a performance,  I tape a temporary fret in place just to play those songs.

 

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I'm catching up on this topic and this time I noticed I probably typed 1/12 fret when I intended to type either 1 1/2 (1.5) or 1/2.  Oh well.

 

Dave

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You should be able to Edit the post Dave.  Button at the bottom left of each of your posts.  Although... the idea of a 1/12th fret is intriguing...

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Thanks Ken

I think there is a time interval for editing.  I see the edit button on my post from Tuesday, but no edit button on the original post.  Yes, a 1/12 fret would be for mature audiences only!

Dave

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