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post May 19 2009, 04:00 PM
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I play Ibanez and Jackson, and i still struggle to nail lead runs on the higher frets, the 17-24 sort of area. It could be the way im playing or it might be the guitar. I remember seeing a washburn N4 i think it was, which had a neck cutaway to help give better access to the top frets. are there any guitars that are specifically good for this sort of thing?
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post May 19 2009, 04:02 PM
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It has to do with many things. Playing, fingering, left hand posture, neck thicknes etc... I can reach any fret on my Hamer with no problems. Of course, the deeper the cut the easier to reach.


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post May 19 2009, 04:07 PM
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Gibson SG & Flying V have perfect access to all frets, but they might not be what you are looking for.


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post May 19 2009, 04:07 PM
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The best I've tried is my Parker Deluxe, the access to high frets is awesome!


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post May 19 2009, 04:10 PM
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There are two shred guitars with an INSANE high fret neck access:

The Ibanez Egen (Herman Li Signature) and the Dean Rusty Cooley Signature 6 and 7string model.
Both guitars have an extensive cutaway and a deeply carved neck joint. Playing in the 24th fret is as easy as playing the 12th on these guitars...

IMHO you don't need that, with a bit of practicing you get comfortable with ANY neck even if it takes a time; I managed to play fluidly in the upper frets of my 50's neck Les Paul!


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post May 19 2009, 04:15 PM
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QUOTE (Emir Hot @ May 19 2009, 03:02 PM) *
It has to do with many things. Playing, fingering, left hand posture, neck thicknes etc... I can reach any fret on my Hamer with no problems. Of course, the deeper the cut the easier to reach.


haha, i know what you're getting at, its not just the guitar thats stopping my reach, ive got stubby little fingers which doesnt help either. i was just wondering if there is any particular guitars that were beneficial in this area

QUOTE (Fran @ May 19 2009, 03:07 PM) *
Gibson SG & Flying V have perfect access to all frets, but they might not be what you are looking for.


dont think i could rock an SG, but a flying V?? thats a little more up my alley, maybe i should give one a go

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The best I've tried is my Parker Deluxe, the access to high frets is awesome!


havent they got the graphite neck or something?

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There are two shred guitars with an INSANE high fret neck access:

The Ibanez Egen (Herman Li Signature)


now thats a spicy meatball!! haha, i bet that would kill my wallet
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post May 19 2009, 04:26 PM
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I think it`s a matter of skills mostly smile.gif I remember when I had real difficulties to play on high frets, but now I don`t have any problems to play on 18-22 frets (22th is last on my Dinky JS30), tho I wouldn`t mind larger cutaway, it is pretty small, mostly guitars have larger space there.

Zakk, in Jackson Warrior is much more easyier to reach any fret than on those two signature models, I`m sure smile.gif

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post May 19 2009, 05:30 PM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ May 19 2009, 05:10 PM) *
IMHO you don't need that, with a bit of practicing you get comfortable with ANY neck even if it takes a time


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As everybody said, with some practice you can access any fret no problem.

If you still want easy access, try some 24 fret (or more) guitars. They usually have 12-17 fret more accessible.


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post May 20 2009, 09:57 PM
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ibanez s5470 have a great access to upper frets (just like the egen but better price)


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