The Zero Glide replacement nut system developed by Wayne Rogers is a brilliant piece of musical and engineering thinking which enhances any fretted instrument.
Norwich, Norfolk, UK (PRWEB UK) 6 April 2012
UK-based online banjo shop Banjos Direct has become the first retailer in the UK to stock the unique Zero Glide Replacement Nut system which creates a zero fret for all banjos and other acoustic instruments.
The Zero Glide replacement nut system, which has been developed by Wayne Rogers, founder of American banjo company GoldTone, is a brilliant piece of musical and engineering thinking which enhances any fretted instrument.
As the gateway to the fingerboard on any fretted instrument, the nut must hold each string securely, so that the point of vibration begins precisely at the forward edge of the nut, yet must allow any easy glide of the string for optimal tuning. In addition the break of the string slot must be perfectly positioned. Too high and the string action will be raised leading to inaccurate vibrational length when the string is fretted: too low introduces string buzz.
To complicate matters, the slots are vulnerable to wear, particularly those that support wound strings. As the string is tuned the winding acts a mini-saw, slowly grinding down the slot.
Most luthiers know the benefit of a zero fret. They work well, but have long been associated with entry level instruments and they are rather unsightly. But the unique Zero Glide solution is to create a nut which integrates a fret within the nut.
The clever design reduces the break angle at the fulcrum contact point is from a standard nut thickness of 3/16" to less than 1/64", reducing contact by 93%.
The zero fret provides optimal string height, and reduces the downward pressure at the nut slot, reducing string friction. Thus, the string is freely gliding when stretched.
The Zero Glide Nut System features a unique nickel silver fret harder than a conventional fret to prevent wear from the strings. The fret tang also has no ‘barbs’ that allows for a flush installation with no alteration to the fingerboard.
The advantages of the Zero Glide system include lover string action, improved tuning and improved consistency of tone.
The height of the ZGS fret is identical to the rest of the instrument’s frets. This means the string action is optimally adjusted throughout the length of the fretboard. The result is truer intonation at every finger position.
With less friction in the groove, swift accurate tuning is much easier, and the lowered friction also means increased tuning stability and elimination of intonation problems after string bending.
There is also improved consistency of tone. With the ZGS, the unfretted open string is suspended between the bridge and an actual fret just like all the fretted notes, yielding a more uniform tone.
The ZGS is interchangeable with any standard nut and will fit snugly into the nut original slot, without any additional alteration.
The Zero Glide System comes in 11 standard size kits for banjos, mandolins, and a range of acoustic guitar types. Each kit includes full instructions on fitting.
Zero Glide kits are available for home fitting, or can be fitted by expert luthiers at Banjos Direct.
Banjos Direct is the UK's fastest-growing specialist banjo retailer, leading the renaissance of interest in the banjo amongst players of every age and background. The Norwich-based company is the UK's leading stockist of USA banjo brands GoldTone and Nechville, and also stocks instruments by Barnes & Mullins, Pilgrim and Tanglewood.
Founder and CEO of Banjos Direct, Simon Middleton, is frontman of English-Americana band The Proposition, whose debut album King Snake Devil Shake was released in March this year. Middleton, who was a brand strategy consultant before turning to musical instrument retail, is also the author of several books on branding, including 'Build A Brand In 30 Days' and 'Brand New You'.
Find Banjos Direct at http://www.banjosdirect.co.uk.
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