Removing 2 Frets from SG

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  1. Davidmcb94

    Davidmcb94 Member

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    [​IMG] Hi, I've got a 2015 (I think) Gibson SG 60's Tribute. Absolutely love this guitar's body shape as it's got the proper 60's style bevelling and body shape but the only thing I hate about it is the 24 frets. It just looks strange to me and they never get used.

    So I was looking at potentially removing them and cutting the fretboard down - which would then be covered by the plastic cover the small pickguard shape SGs have.

    Anyone with more experience in fretboards and working on guitars got any advice as to whether this is do-able, or if it's going to be problematic?

    Thanks, David

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  2. bluesky636

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    Dumbest idea I have heard in a while. If you did all your playing at the high end of the fretboard would you then remove the cowboy chord frets? :nuts
     
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    don't do it. That's what SGs are, 24 frets. If you want 22 frets you'll need a LP. Then the neck pickup is moved for better cleans.

    If you want to try an experiment of this, find a beat up Epiphone Special SG and hack at it and you'll have less money to destroy that way.

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  4. B. Howard

    B. Howard Silver Supporting Member

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    May well weaken the neck at the body joint. They are weak enough without removing the last bit of FB.
     
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  5. Davidmcb94

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    In fairness mate 99% of SGs are 22 frets, including the 2 standards I own
     
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    wox Supporting Member

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    Removing those frets and fingerboard will do nothing except potentially damage and definitely devalue the guitar.

    Sell it and find a model to your liking.
     
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  7. mdubya

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    Paying to have that done would cost as much as selling it and using the difference to buy a 22 fret SG.

    And it would kill any value the guitar may have.

    I think the 24 fret solution was a cool and obvious solution for an SG.

    Play that sucker and stop looking at it. :aok
     
  8. 9fingers

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    You are not required to play those last 2 frets if they bother you. .
     
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    It's the big gap that looks strange to me. My SG is begging for two more frets. Send 'em to me.

    The botched mod will bug you much more
     
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    The hangups on visual details around here is baffling.
    Play without watching your fingers and such problems disappear.
     
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    It's more about the position of the neck PU, and you can't change that by pulling two frets and shortening the board. Time to live with that guitar 'as is' or sell it for a 22 fret model.
     
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    Years ago, I used to wonder who ever used those closely-spaced frets so high on the board you could barely reach them, if at all. Mentioning it to someone, he said "what if you wanted to hammer/tap a high octave/harmonic?" Hmm. Hadn't thought of that. Then, years later, I had occasion to need that capability, and was disappointed I only had 22 frets.

    As has been mentioned, if you don't use 'em, don't sweat it. They aren't hurting anything. It's definitely better to have 'em and not need 'em than need 'em and not have 'em ;)
     
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    This is a funny thread, because I've had actual had talks with my luthier friend about adding 2 frets to my 2015 SG Standard. Some sort of fretboard extension. But chances are I will trade up to a Gary Clark SG and just be done with it. 24 should be standard IMO for an SG.
     
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    I recall reading that the 24 neck pickup is in the same spot as the 22, which has the "tenon cover" portion of the pickguard in the spot occupied by the extra frets on the extended model.
     
  17. Laurence

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    That's not my understanding, but you may well be correct (I don't know everything).
     
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  18. vortexxxx

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    Tony Iommi was trying to get Gibson to make a 24 fret SG at some point in the 70s, but Gibson did not want to. He only plays 24 fret guitars these days. After his Gibson SG with P-90s started getting a thin neck due to refretting, he switched to other custom builders like the JayDee that he almost has exclusively played in the last few years. I dont think removing part of a fretboard is a good idea for various reasons.
     
  19. Calebz

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    Only 66.666% of my SGs are 22 frets :p

    (the 33.333% is my Epiphone Iommi)
     

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