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On a standard bass (or guitar), the nut and bridge are basically parallel, and perpendicular to the strings. The saddles will never be an exact straight line, so they are usually (on electrics) made to be adjustable. On this, the top string (G) is 3-4 frets shorter than the bottom B. So each string would be out of tune (intonation) if the frets were ...


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It is called a scalloped fingerboard. It is used by lead guitarists who do a great deal of string-bending when playing melodies. And yes, playing one effectively requires a certain technique, because if one uses too much finger pressure, the notes and chords go way out of tune. Here is a page at Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts where they explain different kinds ...



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