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Old July 17th, 2013, 03:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jumbo frets

Hi all,

I've got a few guitars including an American Special Telecaster. This has jumbo frets and Texas special pickups. I really love this guitar (very much underrated in my view). One thing i have noticed is that when I play it, it is much easier to play some of the chords I usually have trouble with (e.g. Am9 open position). It is much more forgiving and all chords sound fuller and crisper. I wonder is it the jumbo frets that make for better chording? Has anybody experienced this?

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Old July 17th, 2013, 03:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Jumbo frets make better for....everything IMHO,if your guitar has a good set up that is.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 03:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Jumbo frets make better for....everything IMHO,if your guitar has a good set up that is.
I agree
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Not a lot of guys give big frets a chance. Those that are use to feeling the fret board when they fret a note in particular.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 07:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I love big frets. My highway one has huge ones. Only downside is you can pull a chord sharp if you use too much hand pressure, especially if you are using really light gauge strings.
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I love big frets. My highway one has huge ones. Only downside is you can pull a chord sharp if you use too much hand pressure, especially if you are using really light gauge strings.
+1

This seems to be the biggest drawback of jumbo frets. Also, when playing fast runs with a lot of horizontal movement, it can be easy to "snag" a finger and derail the lick. That being said...

I LOVE jumbo frets. I just had my Jaguar HH refretted with jumbos last week and the difference from the vintage frets is amazing. The American Special Tele was also my inspiration. My son owns one, and I also found it very playable.

Legend has it that Stevie Ray Vaughan used bass frets on his strats. With a set of .012 strings tuned down a half step, one begins to understand how he could pull of such amazing bends with tone to boot.

Lotsa love for the jumbo frets!
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Old July 17th, 2013, 07:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Just had one put together with 6100 fret wire. Every tele I own has large or tall frets. Works for me.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 08:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I like big frets, and I cannot lie....

Both my G&Ls have Dunlop 6100. True jumbos. I prefer playing on the frets vs. playing on the board.

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Old July 17th, 2013, 08:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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For most, once you get used to them it is hard to go back to vintage wire.

Effort wise it truely can save or be the fountain of youth for hands that have played for 35+ years. So much easier if your a bender and/or a digger.
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I qualify for not giving them a chance, picked up, if my memory serves, a Tele Special once and had put it back within 30 seconds due to the frets. maybe I should try them again.

From a practical viewpoint, I assume you can get more fret levels and crownings out of the jumbos.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 09:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I love jumbos, my absolute faves - but is it me or are they a little more prone to buzz on the low strings?
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From a practical viewpoint, I assume you can get more fret levels and crownings out of the jumbos.[/QUOTE] until you hit the 6230 vintage mark.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 09:14 AM   #13 (permalink)
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For most, once you get used to them it is hard to go back to vintage wire.

Effort wise it truely can save or be the fountain of youth for hands that have played for 35+ years. So much easier if your a bender and/or a digger.
+1 to that.

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Old July 17th, 2013, 09:21 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Wow! All this time I thought I was the only one who liked jumbos.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 09:51 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I absolutely love jumbo frets - I play at my best using gigantic frets.
My finger pressure has evolved to work with this; I can play a fully scalloped board no problem, and have done so.

Not only do they give what I believe to be a sturdier hold on the strings with enhanced leverage for bending/manipulating, but I prefer how they sound, too.
... specifically when using a wide even crown, as opposed to 'sharp' triangular type crowing.

That was what almost got me to go with an American Special Tele recently... but I split the difference, getting a Nashville Deluxe (Medium Jumbo) and a Kotzen (super-jumbo) ... it evens out I guess =]

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I just bought a new AV64. One of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome was the small frets.
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I love jumbo frets! Easy to play well because they force me to use a lighter touch (I use light strings) and that really helps me play with better articulation.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 10:23 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I really like jumbo frets on a Tele too, and I use 12g GHS Boomers DYL strings, tuned down in open C, or open G down 2.5 steps (essentially making it in B)
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Old July 17th, 2013, 10:34 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Tall (jumbo) frets is the way to go.

I started my playing life on Gibson style guitars. Then one day a friend passed me his Jackson guitar. Initially it was a real shock to my system and I wasn't sure about the feel of the jumbo frets for the same reasons mentioned earlier by others so far. However, it taught me a valuable lesson - TO RELAX THE GRIP OF DEATH ON THE NECK AND TO STOP PRESSING DOWN SO HARD !

Nowadays I don't like anything other than jumbo frets.
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However, it taught me a valuable lesson - TO RELAX THE GRIP OF DEATH ON THE NECK AND TO STOP PRESSING DOWN SO HARD !

and thats basically what enabled me to continue playing after I hurt my wrist.

I had to almost re-learn how to play sort of. Training myself to relax and not press so hard was difficult, but, the big frets helped.
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