Another Cort, more intonation issues!

Two in two weeks! Two Corts, different models, same problem, same owner! Fancy that!

So, this week I have for you this

The owner told me about the intonation problem and again I looked straight at the saddle. That seemed fine, as did the nut, though regular wear and tear had caused the strings to sit far deeper in their slots than I would have liked.

I decided to change the nut and saddle, use bone, in the hope that the intonation on the instrument would get sorted with new, harder stuff.

So, I cleaned out the nut slot, cleaned and oiled the fretboard, gave the fretwires a good rub.

Then I turned my attention to the nut and saddle. Some measurements and more shaving ensured that I got the saddle and nut to the dimensions I wanted them in. Both sat as snug as a bug in a rug.

However, when I strung up the instrument and checked the intonation, it was off by some distance. Again I pulled out my trusted file and went to work on the saddle. After much tweaking, the instrument intonated to within permissible limits.

Cleaned, polished and strung up, this too was a beautiful instrument.

The abalone binding along the top and around the soundhole, did really make it look special.


UPDATE: The owner has called to say that the action on the instrument has risen and he will be bringing it in for me to take a look at.
I am keeping my fingers crossed! 



Amit Newton

An experienced guitar tech with over 10 years of experience working on acoustic Gibsons and Martins in the Gulf region. There is nothing that cannot be repaired; the only consideration is the price at which it comes. And yet, if there is sentiment attached, no price is too high! WhatsApp/Call me: 7080475556 email me:

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