#1
What exactly is it's affect on tone? I know it's physical purpose is to be able to adjust string gauge without having to do any nut-work ( ), but is there any OTHER purpose?

And what are the pros/cons? A quick google search only really says "used in lots of cheap guitars", but I've also seen very expensive guitars use it.
#2
My understanding of them is that they give open chords a tone more similar to barred chords.

they do feature on a lot of Higher end Gretsch guitars, though I havent personally tried a guitar with one
#3
It is claimed that with a zero fret, the sound of an open string more closely approximates the sound of a fretted string as compared to the open string sound on a guitar with no zero fret. Countering this claim are musicians who feel that a bone or even synthetic nut will enhance the overall tone of the instrument regardless of the string being played open or fretted. Since tone is so subjective, the two claims are likely to continue perpetually.
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It is claimed that with a zero fret, the sound of an open string more closely approximates the sound of a fretted string as compared to the open string sound on a guitar with no zero fret. Countering this claim are musicians who feel that a bone or even synthetic nut will enhance the overall tone of the instrument regardless of the string being played open or fretted. Since tone is so subjective, the two claims are likely to continue perpetually.


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#5
As said, it makes the open string sound like a fretted note. There still needs to be a nut behind it, though, or something similar to guide the strings.
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If OP can't google thats not my problem.
#8
I've got one of the BM guitars with a zero fret, and I haven't really noticed any negative side effects when doing bends or anything. Now, I haven't really noticed any benefits either... But there you go.
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#9
i have a very rare classical that was made in italy prior to WWII, it has the zero fret, and i can say that it really brings out the open notes that are a little more dead sounding on my other vintage classicals, one having a bone nut, and i think the other one might even be ivory or something.

so i would say maybe it would make more of a differene on classicals??? maybe acoustics?
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