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Jumbo frets (6100)

Matt L

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I ordered a Warmoth neck with 6100 jumbo frets because I had a couple of guitars with them that I loved (G&L and an Ibanez AH-10). Well, I'm having a hard time with this one for some reason.....they're HUGE!!! I remember being able to fly around on those other guitars, but this one feels like going across railroad tracks. Is there a secret to setup, nut, etc? Do I have to get used to them again?
 

Eagle1

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This is because the Ibanez etc will be a close equiverlant and dressed down in hight , your warmoth on the other hand has nothing dressed off the top .
 

Chad

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I've had a couple guitars with Dunlop 6000 frets (even bigger than 6100s). Anyway, with either, I find that if I haven't played them for awhile it takes a bit of adjustment to get used to them. If I solely play them for awhile, then go back to a guitar with smaller frets I have to re-acclimate to the smaller frets. I'd guess that's what is going on here.
 

RvChevron

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Different companies have different sizes of frets for what they each refer to as "Jumbo".

The guitars that you have from Ibanez and G&L have what they called jumbo's but are probably smaller than Dunlop 6100.

Have a tech/luthier to dress them down for you.

I personally prefer them (especially SS) over any other size on any type of guitar.
 

EADGBE

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I think you should play the guitar a while before you do anything to it. You may find after a while that you prefer these frets.
 

gitarboy

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I've had that issue before myself... if you're use to "touching" the fretboard with your finger tips you may be pressing a little harder than is necessary to actually fret the note.. try a little lighter touch and see if that helps...
 

Chad

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Yeah, I agree with playing it for awhile. When I got my first guitar that had really big frets, I wanted to have a tech grind them down. But I decided to stick it out. Turns out I now prefer large frets and play better on them. It does require a softer attack or you will push the strings sharp and sound terrible.
 

Drak

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This is because the Ibanez etc will be a close equivalent and dressed down in height , your Warmoth on the other hand has nothing dressed off the top .
^Most likely this^

I would be willing to bet a very slight dress down would make a big difference to you.
 

mellecaster

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I personally don't care for Jumbo Frets, but this explains how you have to adjust your playing style w/ them.

 

fjblair

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Could never get used to not feeling the fretboard and felt disconnected from the guitar.
 

Gas-man

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Love 6100's and had zero issues with them.

The guitar that capos the best has 6100 on it too.
 

Matt L

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I'm gonna give it more time, and see if I warm up to it. The thing is that I switch between guitars constantly, and my G&L never really gave me much problem. I can feel the edge of the frets on the side of my hand and index finger going up and down the neck, and that bugs me the most. The fret job is excellent, but they're just SO freaking huge!! I can play ok on it, and I'm not fretting too hard, but it's definitely a big difference.
 

Drak

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3 weeks.

It takes 3 weeks for the brain to totally accept something foreign to itself.

Wait till then to make any moves.
 

bluesdoc

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I had a neck with them and it just didn't work for me. Too uncomfortable when sliding up and down the neck, not playing slide, just playing. Felt like railroad ties. I sent the neck to hogy and he dressed them down to a reasonable height, making the neck wonderful for me. We're all different.....

jon
 






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