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Barigo Hygrometer

Barigo Hygrometer

Throughout the year, it’s essential to measure the relative humidity in order to reach proper humidification levels, allowing you to add or remove the correct amount of moisture in the air. This measurement is done with an instrument called a hygrometer.

The Twelfth Fret carries a custom branded version of the Barigo Hygrometer. Barigo is a highly respected German manufacturer of measuring devices, and their hygrometer is one of the best available.

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Cruz Tools GrooveTech The Best String Cutters!

Cruz Tools GrooveTech The Best String Cutters!

Cruz Tools GrooveTech The Best String Cutters

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Compensation and Intonation

So, if it isn’t what the HR people tell you you’re getting, what’s compensation?

In musical terms, compensation is an adjustment to string length made to allow for proper intonation – it accounts for the effects of strings being stretched when fretted.

A basic reality of fretted musical instruments is that frets aren’t placed in mathematically perfect divisions of the scale. Instead, they are placed according to a tempered system. Pianos are also tuned in this way.

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The Six-Inch Rule

One of the most necessary and useful tools is the six-inch ruler. Sometimes called a “machinist’s ruler”, these are made of metal and are graduated, or divided, in at least sixty-fourths of an inch (1/64″). Some models show hundredths of an inch or are metric; what matters is that the graduations are small, because what seems a small fraction to the eye can make a large difference to the hand.

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