Favorite fret sizes?

RLee77

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What are your favorite size/type of frets on your tele (or any guitar for that matter)?

I have a lot of different fret sizes on my guitars, and other than knowing that I definitely don't like super jumbo type big frets, I'm not sure which I like best off the top of my head, without going and trying each and looking at the sizes and comparing. I think that the 6105's feel pretty good, and I also like (I think) the 6150's which I believe (maybe) are what fender uses on a lot of their necks.

For reference, here's a size chart from the fender site:

6230: The smallest fret wire found on older Fender necks (.078″ x .043″).
6150: Vintage jumbo. Much wider but not as tall as 6230 (.102″ x .042″).
6105: Modern narrow and tall; currently very popular (.090″ x .055″).
6100: Jumbo. The largest fret wire available (.110″ x .055″).
6130: Medium jumbo (.106″ x .036″).

And a reference image from the warmoth site:
(note the discrepancy of fender vs warmoth charts on the 6150 specs)

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I mistakenly ordered 6150's on the Tele conversion neck I got from Warmoth.....should have gone with 6230's...or even 6105's. The 6150's aren't unplayable, but taller than I prefer.
 

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I wonder if the warmoth specs on the 6150 fret are actually what they use, or if it's just a mistake on the chart and the fender chart is correct... there are differences on other sizes as well. Confusing.
 

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Both my electrics have medium-jumbo's and I'm perfectly happy with those. Can't think of anything I'd change about them.
I'm considering a new tele neck from warmoth and I'm thinking 6130's (med jumbo) would be a good choice. The previous neck I got from them had 6105's.
 

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I'm considering a new tele neck from warmoth and I'm thinking 6130's (med jumbo) would be a good choice. The previous neck I got from them had 6105's.

I like how they're substantial and let me bend to my heart's content, but they're not like the jumbo's that make me feel like I'm never touching the fretboard.
 

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I’m between 6105 and 6230 with a slight edge to the vintage wire. Ideal is 6105 that’s been crowned. I prefer stainless wire so once it’s right, it lasts a long time.
 

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Right now I like vintage frets. I have a few guitars with medium jumbo and they’re fine.

I don’t really enjoy jumbo frets most of the time.

I’m curious about the 6105s. Haven’t played them before.
 

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What are your favorite size/type of frets on your tele (or any guitar for that matter)?

I have a lot of different fret sizes on my guitars, and other than knowing that I definitely don't like super jumbo type big frets, I'm not sure which I like best off the top of my head, without going and trying each and looking at the sizes and comparing. I think that the 6105's feel pretty good, and I also like (I think) the 6150's which I believe (maybe) are what fender uses on a lot of their necks.

For reference, here's a size chart from the fender site:

6230: The smallest fret wire found on older Fender necks (.078″ x .043″).
6150: Vintage jumbo. Much wider but not as tall as 6230 (.102″ x .042″).
6105: Modern narrow and tall; currently very popular (.090″ x .055″).
6100: Jumbo. The largest fret wire available (.110″ x .055″).
6130: Medium jumbo (.106″ x .036″).

And a reference image from the warmoth site:
(note the discrepancy of fender vs warmoth charts on the 6150 specs)

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I am VERY sure that I like frets on my guitar. Really tall ones combined with a high action tend to result in my amateur self yanking stuff sharp on a pretty consistent basis because I am probably too heavy handed. Scalloped fretboards produce about the same ham-handed results, in my case. In general, I am most comfortable on medium and jumbo frets but i can still sound just as bad as myself on any particular configuration of fretwork and scalloping...
 

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Have always preferred medium jumbos. I tend to avoid stainless steel as it seems that I break G & B strings more often than I do with nickle/silver.
 

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I like the frets best on the last guitar I picked up. It’s like “oh yeah, I like these a lot!” if I haven’t played it in awhile.

I’ve got vintage spec (AV model) Fenders plus a couple with medium jumbos, and my flattops are all medium jumbo but range from fairly high to about time for a fret job. I like ‘em all. Don’t like anything bigger than those medium jumbos though.

To me it’s more about the set up & fret dress I think.
 

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Either vintage or the newer American Vintage series had great frets too. A little bigger than vintage frets which took some getting used to. I wouldn't want anything bigger than that though.
 

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I like medium jumbos a lot, but the new narrow, tall frets on my Am. Pro Strat play better than any other.
I can handle Fender vintage size and 7.25" (prefer 9.5")radius boards, too, but I'm NOT a fan of super wide jumbos, like on Gibsons and Jacksons, etc.
 




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