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Seriously, how many frets do you use?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by matrix, Oct 30, 2020.

Seriously, how many Frets do you use? (normally) Up to....

  1. 3 Frets and a Capo...they call me the cowboy

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  2. 5...There is no money above the 5th fret

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  3. 12 ... after that it is all just repetition

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  4. 15 ... ain't no space for my fingers after that

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  5. 18...its getting tight up here...

    105 vote(s)
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  6. 22. That is what a Tele has, that is what I will use

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  7. 24...My dentist went broke and sold me his guitar

    27 vote(s)
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  1. matrix

    matrix Tele-Meister

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    I mean, nobody says you have to use them all. But I am genuinely curious, how much of the potentially playable horizontal territory on your guitar do you really use?

    Personally, I seem to run into blind spots and technical glitches after fret 15. Today I find myself idly wondering if I should do something about that.
     
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  2. Macrogats

    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    I’m really stretching if I get to 19. I just won’t generally go above that. Pretty comfortable playing up to 17.
     
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  3. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    18 or 19 is about as high as I can do or want to do, and that's not too often. I just ordered a custom neck and specifically went with a 21 fret instead of 22 fret option.
     
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  4. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    In standard tuning?....three.

    In open tuning?.... probably to the twelfth, maybe even a little above that at times.
     
  5. JohnsonNavinR

    JohnsonNavinR TDPRI Member

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    My Tele only has 21 frets, i do try to understand and use as much of the fretboard as i can, though.
     
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  6. DougM

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    I have guitars with 21 and 22 frets and I use them all. I have always liked the upper registers on electric guitars, and I spend a lot of time above the 12th fret. Whenever I've had a 24 fret guitar, I found the two extra not that useable anyway, and it moves the neck pickup away from the magic spot where it resides on a 21 or 22 fret guitar. I do miss the extra fret on my 21 fret guitars, but it doesn't bother me terribly.
     
  7. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

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    You do know that it starts all over at the 12th fret, right?
    12=0
    13=1
    14=2
    15=3
    16=4
    17=5
    18=6
    19=7
    20=8
    21=9
    22=10
    23=11
    24=12
     
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  8. Sotakoira Musti

    Sotakoira Musti Tele-Holic

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    I usually stay below 12, solos might go up to 17-19.

    Only time I need 22th is in Beatles’s Dear Prudence, that octave guitar part at the end. I play it often, and man does it suck when you’re playing 21 fret Tele :eek:
     
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  9. lammie200

    lammie200 Friend of Leo's

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    21
     
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  10. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    My number one has 24 frets so I can reach up to a high G off the top fret.

    24 frets is like opening up a full new octave. 21 feels very constrained after - always running out if I get excited.
     
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  11. gimmeatele

    gimmeatele Tele-Holic

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    18, nothing interests me after that.
     
  12. telemnemonics

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    Old timey 21 fret necks are annoying, 22 frets I can bend up to like the 24th or 25th fret.
    Happens often enough that I need to bend past the highest fret but that suggests that I'm playing the wrong instrument, so i try to pull my excursions back to avoid running out of notes.
    I use single bridge pickup guitars so adding up to 24 frets would make more sense if necks were available.
    I don't really like the shreddy guitars that have 24 frets, and often they come with a shorter scale which makes no sense at all.

    I also really like the bottom end of the electric guitar and can't stand tube amps with small OTs that saturate and only make crunch noise in the low end. Same with many vintage low wattage speakers that break up near the bottom and are only useful for crunchy power chords. Can't stand that bass mushy crunch from my amp, though it's fine if used for that job.
    Gotta have frets at the top and amp headroom at the bottom.
     
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  13. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    Let's say that I normally stay between 7 and 12, may get up to 15 quite frequently, up to 18 on fairly rare occasions, and up to 21 only if I'm playing "Comfortably Numb" ;D
     
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    I have one of my teles set up with nashville tuning. It's very cool sounding below the 12th fret, but my playing sucks of course.
     
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    We're supposed to use the frets?
     
  16. Mr. Lumbergh

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    I like hanging out between the 7 and 12 with the neck pickup, great round warm tone there. But really, wherever I need to be for the song I'm playing, especially if I'm working a slide.
     
  17. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Tele-Holic

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    In the words of Henry Rollins, 'Who's got the 10 1/2?'
     
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    Use them all if they're there. Only for one or two songs, but it's not like I treat pedals differently.

    Funny the poll says teles have 22 frets. Some do, but I think most don't.
     
  19. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Afflicted

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    Actually, I was thinking on this at yesterday's rehearsal

    Y may use the 12th fret and the high octave, but I hardly reach the high A on the 1st string in... one song. Sometimes is hard to me and I was thinking I should practice that song much more. And practice standing, not seated. I play in 5 bands and the average set list is 30 to 50 songs on each, my repertoire should be around 300 songs I can play (and sing) confident and OÑLY in one I have to get to 17th. I usually solo between 12th and 15th and only in one song I reach the 17th.

    So, my vote is 12th fret. Because I should solo there in any key.

    I am happy so far
     
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  20. Stanford Guitar

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    Old = 21
    New = 22
     
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