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    Hi Bill,

    I'm not knowledgable enough to comment on your 'nut' question, but I have just bought my first 'travel guitar' which has a slightly shorter scale length with its knock on effect on fret spacing, and it's very comfortable to play compared to my big guitars, so I would certainly endorse THAT side of this topic as mentioned above.

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    Hi Dave, and thanks for your thoughts! I hope you're enjoying your new shorter-scale acoustic! Things are going well here. I have recently delved back into the nylon-string guitar after many years away from it, and I'm finding it to be a lot of fun, after adjusting to its size (compared to the uke) and the 5th and 6th strings! This was all triggered by my just randomly stumbling across a solo instrumental song called "This Time", by guitarist Earl Klugh, on which he uses a nylon-string. It was one of those moments where you say, "I've got to try and learn this before I die!" So I got myself an $89.00 classical guitar, tweaked it a little, and I've been working on "This Time" for a few weeks now. I've never been much of a "tab" reader, so I'm trying to figure it out just by listening over and over to tiny little segments, and also watching videos of Earl actually performing it, and I'm making pretty decent progress. I'm also a fan of Ed Gerhard, and he has a beautiful song called "Brothers", which affected me a lot because I'm lucky to have three awesome brothers of my own. Ed uses a steel-string, but like many songs, this one adapts well to nylon, and I've been working on it too. So, as a result I've been a little bit away from the uke Forum lately! Hoping that things are well with you and your family! Have a great weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    Thanks for the thoughts, guys. I really appreciate them. I wonder if there are any nylon-string guitars with the zero-fret feature?

    I remember many years ago seeing a flamenco-style guitarist named Carlos Montoya on TV, and I was struck by the fact that he used a capo on the second fret. I always wondered if that might've been because it narrowed down his first-position width just enough to make playing more comfortable?
    Hi, Bill! Takamine is a leading guitar company in Japan. They makes many high end guitars and order made guitars. Their ukuleles are also high end and very good. Their models have zero frets and the action is low.


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    Thanks, Yaha! I'll check out the Takamine line! As I recall, Glenn Frey (may he rest in peace) of the Eagles was a fan of them!

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    Yes, that's kind of how it works. The capo kind of takes the place of the nut. It's a decent way to test your guitar to see where the buzz is coming from, but it also changes all of your open chords keys. If you are having nut problems, it's better to just get it fixed rather than trying to work with the capo.

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