My views on... intonation

Warning: wordy blog post! For a while now I've wanted to put out my own views on intonation (with a few points on the side about guitar set ups). Hopefully my thoughts will be of interest to guitarists looking to better understand their own guitar. I should expect that most of what I'm about to say applies to all fretted strings instruments (probably!) but I'll write in the context of guitars. So what is intonation? Intonation is the adjustment made to a guitar to improve it's ability to pitch any given note accurately. To begin with lets ask why a note on a guitar might sound wrong. In an ideal world the positions of the frets along the neck exactly determine the pitch of each note. However

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