Fret Size Question:

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  1. guitarman1956

    guitarman1956 Supporting Member

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    What are the advantages and disadvantages with the following sizes:

    Vintage:

    Medium Jumbo:

    Jumbo:

    thanks
     
  2. lannyhall

    lannyhall Member

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    I've been told that size doesn't matter. Don't fret about it.

    [Is this the right forum to be discussing this?]
     
  3. guitarman1956

    guitarman1956 Supporting Member

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    that type of response is worthy of Harmony Central
     
  4. bluesrules

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    Personaly I like the Fender vintage because I don't like the note going sharp from pushing too hard. I don't know if you ever seen this but this is the descrition from Warmoth.

    http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/necks/necks.cfm?fuseaction=fretsize



    Choosing A Fret Size​

    Fret size has a great deal to do with the feel of your action. Low frets put your fingertips right on the fretboard with little room to squeeze the strings out of tune or to get under them for bending. Tall frets are the opposite. The width of the crown determines the amount of wear that can be expected before leveling and re-crowning are necessary. Fatter frets wear longer & narrow frets wear faster. Choosing a fret size is best done by experience. Do you like the feel of your present neck? Would you like more height or less height? Shop and compare to see which is best for you.
    Standard Nickel/Silver Fret Wire​




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    Item Number Width X Height Description
    6100.112" X .055 "Huge! This is big stuff for the almost scalloped feel.
    6105.096" X .047 "Narrow and tall. A very popular choice.
    6130.106" X .036 "Often referred to as "Medium Jumbo". This is the size found on many Gibson necks.
    6230.080" X .043 "This is the smallest fret wire. Used in older Fender necks.
    6150.103" X .046 "A true "Jumbo". It is about the same width as the 6130 but a bit taller.
     
  5. AndrewSimon

    AndrewSimon Member

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    Jumbo for me, I like the gap between the board and the string so my fingers can get in there for bends.
    I believe most people who bend a lot will prefer some bigger frets.

    But it's all about what you like, just go to a guitar store and play a few, then you will know.

    ;)
     
  6. SvenHock

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    Ditto. I like to be able to grab the strings and shake 'em a bit.
     
  7. jazzandmetal?

    jazzandmetal? Supporting Member

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    6100 or 6105 for most playing for me.

    I don't mind vintage frets as long as it is not paired with a vintage radius. I think radius is more important to me than frets size though.
     
  8. Steeltoe

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    There be a new size: 6125.
    It's a cross between a 6105 and 6150.
    USACG offers them, and to me, it is "the answer".
    I have them in a custom neck he made for my strat.
     

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