1. Mats Eriksson
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Hi there!

Since I've read some time back, that you've experienced some lack of understanding from customers about your 4 string basses, as fanned frets seems to make more sense to 5 string basses, I've wondered if you have ever though of equipping your 4 strings with zero frets?

And, of course, I hear you wonder why. Recently, it has come to my attention, that more and more people equip their usual 4 string basses at a 34" scale with thick gauge strings to accomodate for drop tunings - way below low B - I think you will cater to a larger demography, and make lot of more people interested in your 4 string basses, if it's possible to change out the string gauge without having to tinker/tamper with the nut. A zero fret allows for more options and variances in the string gauge used. Without any effort or modifications.

Any thoughts?
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We did zero frets for a few years but found that unless the string guide was a perfect fit for the string, the string would buzz in the string guide slot. This was due to the straight path the string takes to the tuner on our headstocks. The only way to be successful with a zero fret is to use a larger headstock and offset the tuners so that they pull the strings outward causing the string to rest on one side of the guide slot. That's not something I'd be into considering at this point.
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Ok, thanks.
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