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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

    9 vote(s)
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  3. 12 ... after that it is all just repetition

    28 vote(s)
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  4. 15 ... ain't no space for my fingers after that

    73 vote(s)
    21.0%
  5. 18...its getting tight up here...

    105 vote(s)
    30.3%
  6. 22. That is what a Tele has, that is what I will use

    103 vote(s)
    29.7%
  7. 24...My dentist went broke and sold me his guitar

    27 vote(s)
    7.8%
  1. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    I don't like the look of 22 fret Tele's, so when I picked up a Squier beater the last one just had to go.

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  2. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's

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    I have been right up to the 22nd fret but it’s pretty rare. I’m often up to 17 or 18.
    However for some strange reason I want a 24-fret guitar... I keep looking at old (“Core”) PRS Miras, which are great guitars to play, and sometimes at the PRS S2 Standard 24 as well... no idea what I’d do with those extra frets if I had them..!
     
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  3. beagle

    beagle Friend of Leo's

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    I have even been known to "fret" and bend on the neck pickup...:confused::eek::lol::lol::lol:
     
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  4. drmmrr55

    drmmrr55 Tele-Holic

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    All 22 when playing my American Standard Tele, I have a vintage 21 fret Tele, and have to octave down to get that one note I need. I only used the 22nd 2 times on one song. It's been so long, I don't even remember which song it was. If I ever play the song again, I'll remember. I'm pretty sure it was an Allman Brothers tune.

    Update, I just remembered, I'm pretty sure it was "Jessica"
     
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  5. Jimclarke100

    Jimclarke100 Tele-Afflicted

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    If I’m playing in front of people I’ll not get past fret 15 and past 12 is a rarity.

    In the privacy of my house though I’ll play up as far as the guitar goes, and if playing slide beyond. I’d hesitate to inflict that on the public though. Interminable blues jam solos might be great fun to play, but i really don’t want to hear then...
     
  6. stepvan

    stepvan Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Between 15 and 17 depending on what guitar I am playing LP or Tele. My sausage fingers abd arthritis makes it tough past these positions, however not to say I never do.
     
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  7. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    For my personal playing it would be 17th fret on electric and around 10th fret on acoustic. However if I’m trying to play a cover, I may go up as high as the 20th fret. (That’s rare)
    Still it’s nice to have ‘em when you need ‘em or go temporarily insane.
     
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  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    If they are there, I’m going to use em’.
    I do not like, or use 24 fret guitars.
    My fingers are generally too big to play frets 23 and 24.
    I prefer 22, but can tolerate 21.
    My, Chet, EJ Strat and MJT Tele are my only 21 fret electric guitars.
     
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  9. ricardo1912

    ricardo1912 Tele-Afflicted

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    I really like 22 fret necks. I gave up on double octave Ibbys a while back but 22 really works. I tend to start around fret 7 when soloing but soon migrate to 12 and above, with forays back lower for interest or emphasis.

    The only thing I ever felt my Baja missed was that extra fret. Occasionally, if I've been playing my Cabs a fair bit I've nearly been caught out going for a bit of Santana type enthusiasm and not having that high D or optional E.
     
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  10. dougstrum

    dougstrum Tele-Afflicted

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    :confused:be ware of the 13th fret:eek:
     
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  11. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

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    All American Standard Strats and Teles (since '87), and Am Pros, Am Specials, Am Elites, Am Deluxes, Am Performers, Am Ultras, and many MIM guitars have 22 frets, as well as all Jaguars and Mustangs, while only older models and vintage style Strat, Tele, and JM reissues have 21, so I would venture to say that there are probably more 22 fret Fender guitars in existence than 21 fret ones.
     
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  12. Randypttt

    Randypttt Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I like 22 frets and I use em all.
     
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  13. swervinbob

    swervinbob Tele-Holic

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    I’m good with 15. Well, not that good, but that’s where I usually stop.
     
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  14. PaulNYC

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    I find myself using the full neck when I'm practicing solos. Chords stop around the 15th fret. I also play bass, so I like going high on the electric guitar.
     
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  15. loopfinding

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    i use whatever isn't a pain in the ass on the specific guitar. on single cut where the neck joins at the 15th, i usually avoid going above there. on a tele, it's around the G box shape. on a 335 or an SG, usually around the A box shape. if i'm using stuff high up, it's usually only to grab at some upper notes of an arpeggio. i hardly ever use the bass side above the 12th fret. most of the stuff i play is between the 3rd and 12th frets. if i want some really high notes i just use octave harmonics.
     
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  16. ruger9

    ruger9 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    After living with 22 frets on my #1 MIA tele for 27 years, I can't do 21 anymore. I've sold guitars because of it. The only guitars I'll accept less than 22 on is an arch top (like on an ES-125)

    However, truth be told, unless I'm playing covers in my rock band, I never go up past 20. A pentatonic minor position on the 17th.
     
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  17. Pineears

    Pineears Tele-Afflicted

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    The significant fret wear goes up to about the 12th. To 17 is used somewhat, but not much fret wear there. Only one song that goes up to 20, bending that B string to 22.
     
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    Who was the hard rocker rhythm player who’s signature guitar only had 12 frets and the rest of the neck was just a big ol’ inlay?
     
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    I go up to 17-19 range and find 24 fret guitars a waste of awesome neck pickup tones because the 24 fret guitars push the neck pickup closer to the bridge so it's almost like playing a middle pickup. I almost pressed the poll for 5th fret as I like that quote.

    Here is another kind of survey with similar results.
    A couple years back I went through Fender's Heavy Relic Custom Shop listings to overlay all the various models and did heat maps of the damage, er 'wear' -- which they based off actual vintage guitars. When people see individual's attempts at relicing the 'good ones' match this kind of expected pattern. Strats get played more often at the high notes than Teles, and their bodies get much more abused too -- as if Tele players as a group respect their guitars a bit more.

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  20. Blues Twanger

    Blues Twanger Tele-Meister

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    17 or 18 on my guitars whether they have 21, 22, or 24 frets.

    If I write a part that needs to go higher I play my uke or mandolin.
     
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