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Zero fret

Zero fret - highlighted in red

Zero fret - highlighted in red

A zero fret is a fret on which the string rests near the headstock before attaching to a tuner. On many mandolins, this function is handled by the nut.

On a zero fret instrument a nut is present but instead of a resting place for the string, its main purpose is to provide the appropriate string spacing.

Depending again upon the builder's choice, there may or may not be a space between the zero fret and the nut. Zero frets are common on classical and Selmer styled instruments to name a few.

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