UnstoppableGuitar wrote: ↑
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:25 pm
... Nature, the way I see it is not perfect, there is always some sort of imperfection to add that extra beauty to it. I mean, why the frets have to be so mathematical exact, it's boring. There must to be another way
Referencing my Rodriguez FF Sabicas - I was talking to a Bay Area luthier, Lewis Santer, a protege of Ervin Somogyi. That school of thinking indicates "another way" as you put it. He pointed out that the bridge on my Rodriguez is actually in the wrong place
, and if you follow the math, you cannot properly intonate that guitar. Lewis then pointed out that the Rodriguez sounds fine because they ignore the math, and set it up for best musicality based upon artful consideration of the many factors that defy clean mathematical precision. This can be called "artistry", or the way I think of excellent lutherie, "craftsmanship at the level of art."
As a pragmatic exercise, if you measure the intonation on that guitar, it's wrong. But if you play that guitar, it all works out quite well with overall musicality across the length of the fretboard. Now, "boring" is a loaded term. It could be "not boring" in a bad, worst possible kind of way. And say what you want about a factory guitar, but the luthiers at Rodriguez got the FF Sabicas right by ignoring the exact math.
Having said all of that, I trust the math of scale length and intonation on well build guitars, and would not trust "artistry" to ensure excellent intonation consistently. It also helps greatly to be less fussy about perfect intonation!