Understanding Guitar Intonation

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On this site, I emphasize the understanding of guitar setup in its various elements – how they relate to the guitar geometry, and how the setup elements interact with each other, particularly, guitar intonation, and including nut compensation.  I also like to point out various aspects of traditional guitar setup, that can be greatly improved

The main emphasis is on nut compensation, because nut compensation is the most highly neglected, and misunderstood, aspect of guitar setup.  Therefore, this information should be of the greatest value to those who wish to improve their, or their customers’ guitar intonation and playability.

I have made extensive additions an improvements to the site, during 2020 that I believe will enable anyone to fully understand guitar (or any other fretted instrument) intonation.  As of February 2021, the site has become mobile friendly!

I believe that interest in nut compensation and better intonation accuracy will be growing over the next few years, as people become more aware. (But it's slower than I expected!) It's a good time to jump on board!

The information I present is more about conceptual understanding of the elements of guitar setup and intonation than  the details of execution, that is, doing the physical work. The reason is that full understanding is critical and is in pretty short supply, whereas Luthiers already know how to do the physical work, plus there are plenty of available sources of information on working the tools and materials, including books, videos, and numerous web sites.  Nevertheless, I do plan to add more on execution as time goes on, as well as to add more useful links.

The information provided here contains my own opinions, which, of course, are open to disagreement.  I do not claim to be the final authority on anything, and I would like to think I have an open mind.  Many things concerning setup are agreed upon, while others are a matter of opinion or preference.

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Because of the highly specialized nature of this site, I get very low traffic compared to income-producing sites. I do have links to Amazon (which provides quite useful product and review information) but the commissions have been quite small; they have been just about enough to cover may web hosting cost, but Amazon has recently slashed commissions to about half, so I'm looking elsewhere.  Nevertheless, I am very grateful to all of you who have purchased from my advertisers!

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