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post Dec 2 2008, 02:20 PM
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Hello people!!
I wonder which frets are you using... in some you feel more confortable than others?
I use jumbo but i´ve noticed that i can play faster with medium frets, so im considering buy a guitar with medium jumbo frets. Do you feel the same or can you play the same with a Jackson or a Les Paul?

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post Dec 2 2008, 02:35 PM
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I use my Ibanez RG as my main guitar which has jumbo frets but i played a strat california series and it has medium frets vintage things and i must say i really liked it my next guitar is going to be a stratocaster so i will be going to use medium jumbo frets in the future.


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post Dec 2 2008, 02:48 PM
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I have a Charvel/Jackson with jumbo frets. My main guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio. I've really grown to prefer the smaller frets (medium) and the shorter scale length of the guitar.

Personally, I don't really notice a speed difference. If anything I'd give the edge to the les paul. I know there not considered shredder guitars but mine sure does play fast.

Honestly when it comes down to fret size it's very much a personal taste SRV used bass frets on his guitars and he wasn't shredding in the way the word is used.


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post Dec 2 2008, 03:13 PM
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Jumbo frets give the impression that the action is higher, strings are further away from the wood, Bends are easier to make as you have more grip on the strings.

Low frets give you the exact opposite, and since strings are closer, it feels like it is easier to play fast.

So the best for my taste is medium where you get a little bit of both, Jumbo is also fine, as I prefer to sacrifice speed for better grip on the strings. Anyway I believe that with practice you can play fast on any guitar, even with high action.

But It is also possible that someone can practice a lot to have controlled vibrato on low frets, so it is a matter of choice, whichever way you go one thing will become harder and you need to work on it.


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post Dec 2 2008, 04:55 PM
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QUOTE (tommyboy @ Dec 2 2008, 08:48 AM) *
I have a Charvel/Jackson with jumbo frets. My main guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio. I've really grown to prefer the smaller frets (medium) and the shorter scale length of the guitar.


Just the opposite here.. laugh.gif I'm finding it hard to adjust from the jumbo's on my Jackson to the smaller frets and shorter scale length of the LP. I think it needs to be mentioned that I have a very good quality made LP copy (Agile) that has machined frets.

I think the quality of the filing certainly makes a difference. If the frets are hand filed and not machined, I think you will have much better playability no matter the size.


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post Dec 2 2008, 07:48 PM
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There is no reason to believe jumbo frets are higher. Their strength is in the width. So there is no reason for them to be higher. .106" x .036" Often called a medium jumbo. This is the size found on many Gibson necks.
.080" x .043" This is the smallest fret wire. Used in older Fender necks. As you see, the height is taller then the Gibson medium jumbo.

You should also consider the metal composition of the fret. Nickle/Silver is standard. If you want an extra slick feel along with super smooth bending and playability, this is the stuff! Stainless stell is harder and it's life expectancy is much longer than our standard fret wire. Gold fret wire is tough copper alloy without nickel and the color is similar to 12k gold in appearence. This is not the same brass color as the Warwick wire, This is not just a "plating". It is solid throughout. Very classy looking wire.Gold alloy wire works and wears about the same as the standard Nickel/Silver Fretwire.
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post Dec 2 2008, 09:12 PM
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I dont really notice any difference in playability from the various sizes to be honest.
I'm not playing any faster when i play my Les Paul, Ibanez or Jackson smile.gif I have to admit that i dont notice any change in bending either over those 3 guitars. They all feel similar to me except the sound. Well, other than that the Gibson weighs more than the Jackson and Ibanez put together smile.gif

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post Dec 3 2008, 12:16 AM
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Forget the stainless steel. It is 7x the price of Nickle/silver. Same price as a new axe.
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post Dec 3 2008, 02:30 AM
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QUOTE (skennington @ Dec 2 2008, 09:55 AM) *
Just the opposite here.. laugh.gif I'm finding it hard to adjust from the jumbo's on my Jackson to the smaller frets and shorter scale length of the LP. I think it needs to be mentioned that I have a very good quality made LP copy (Agile) that has machined frets.

I think the quality of the filing certainly makes a difference. If the frets are hand filed and not machined, I think you will have much better playability no matter the size.


I really just think it's a personal thing. It's really what feels good on Tuesday. So you keep playing it. Now it becomes the standard and everything else feels odd. It's when you pick-up a new beast and it feel really good it's game on!

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