Poll: What Fret Size Do You Prefer on Your Teles?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by El Tele Lobo, Nov 13, 2019.

What fret size do you prefer on your Teles?

  1. Vintage

  2. Tall/narrow

  3. Medium jumbo

  4. Jumbo

  5. Railroad Ties

  6. Anything works for me...I just play them

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  1. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    Ordered a new neck recently. Was curious what you all prefer and how it matches up with my tastes...
     

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  2. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    It all depends on the neck and guitar, and your playing style and tastes. But, generally, for me, nothing too tall, as I tend to over-press and make notes sharp anyway. I'm a moderate bender, so I don't fret out often on vintage. Plus, on a 7.25" profile neck that's a bit beefy, vintage frets play super smooth.

    So, again, if they aren't too tall, just about anything, it all depends, and it's all entirely personal. Try out a bunch, matched to the guitar type they'll go on, before you commit!
     
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  3. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire

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    For me, it takes a few minutes to get used to a neck, after that, I don't find the size of the frets to make much difference in play-ability. The crowning and finish makes much more difference.
     
  4. Obsessed

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    I can't stand the thin vintage ones. I'm good with everything else.

    Don't get me going about scalloped fretboards.:mad:
     
  5. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    Vintage frets on a nice biggish neck with a curvy board gets my vote every day of the year and every hour of every day. I can tolerate Medium Jumbo and Tall/Narrow, I can get along with 9’5’’ (or even flatter on non-Fender guitars), but they don’t feel like home.

    Jeez just look at that poll result… we’re such a retro crowd.
    What will Fender’s CEO think of us, now they FINALLY introduced the "best guitars [that Fender] ever produced” in his humble opinion? :eek:
    If anyone’s getting rid of their old, crummy, unplayable, buzzy 50s and 60s teles and strats to get a shiny new Ultra, please be sure to let me know before you light the fire! :lol:
     
  6. suave eddie

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    I originally started playing music at age 7 with classical violin lessons until I was 14 or 15. I got used to the feel of the fingerboard under my fingers. I hate tall frets. I love the short vintage frets and I don't play with a "death grip". I think my early experience with the violin also correlates with my preference for ebony boards.
     
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  7. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I prefer medium jumbo.
    They last longer (for me) than vintage tyoe frets.
    Vintage type are fine, too.
    The only deal breaker is the super low, small frets Gibson put on Les Paul Customs “in the day”.
     
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  8. RhinestoneStrat

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    I voted anything works for me. I have a 1952 AVRI Fender Tele which I assume have the vintage frets. They work fine and it's just a different feel compared to different frets sizes. The funny thing is with Yngwie J. Malmsteen and his Strat with a scalloped fret-board he uses jumbo frets. If the fret-board is scalloped then vintage frets would also feel like jumbo. I don't understand his twisted logic at all.:(
     
  9. Nick Fanis

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  10. RadioFM74

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    I think his twisted logic was MOOOOOOORE! ;)
     
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    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    My favorites are med jumbo's or Jumbo's. Wide and tall. 6000 super jumbos are ok too but can be a pita to fret without pulling sharp up around the nut.

    Vintage are annoying but playable for simple less bendy stuff.
     
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  12. Fretting out

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    I guess I’m in a minority
    I choose jumbos only because I play a jazz gauge with wound G (I don’t play jazz) and those strings chew up smaller frets
    Although I can play on anything that’s playable I’m not gonna rip out good frets until I wear them out
     
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  13. RhinestoneStrat

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    I think that stainless steel frets are the way to go no matter what fret size. At least you don't have to worry about your frets being chewed up by wound strings.
     
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  14. 4pickupguy

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    Got to be able to get ‘under’ the strings for bends, vibrato etc. I had a Les Paul custom for one day. It was a ‘fretless blunder’. Simply could not play it. I voted railroad ties in the poll.
     
  15. marc2211

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    6130 here, smaller the better.
     
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  16. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    personally, I couldn't give a hoot.... at 73, I'm just glad God left me here one more day to play whatever I'm holding at the moment.... Distractions like Fret size, or any of all the other nonsensical trivia guys want to whine about aren't even on the radar....

    another puff on the Opus X, a taste of the Macallan's ... and lesse if I can remember .. OH, Sleepwalk this time... and Debbie at 19.. :) Sigh... 50 years this coming March, and you guys are sweating fret sizes..:p


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  17. RottenTheCat

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  18. MilwMark

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    I love true, vintage, medium jumbos. I got a '69 Tele that had been refretted by the shop (the originals were lower than fretless wonders when they got it). Vintage medium jumbo is a beautiful thing. I can play anything between vintage frets to vintage medium jumbos is fine.
     
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  19. Uncle Daddy

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    I just returned a new LP Special as it had vintage skinnies on it, not the medium jumbo as advertised. Combined with the 50s neck it was a deal breaker. Scored a 2016 with a slim 60s neck and genuine medium jumbos. Happy me. Shame its not tv yellow though.
     
  20. MilwMark

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    I didn’t know all preferences were whining.
     
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