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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...

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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. Drew617

    Drew617 Tele-Meister

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    15. 14 on B, up to 12 on the bottom four strings.

    I like the neck join as high as possible though. The further left frets 1-15 are, the better.
     
  2. DougM

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    Apparently you've never seen some of those BIG guys that are mandolin virtuosos in Bluegrass bands. They manage to get their fingers in between those tiny frets on a mandolin, so that's no excuse.
     
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  3. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    I use em all, including the neck pickup for a 24th fret.
     
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    Even though I paid for all of them, I rarely go past 13.
     
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  5. codamedia

    codamedia Poster Extraordinaire

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    My 3 Fenders each have 21 frets and I use every fret during an evening. I have other guitars, but I prefer my Fenders.
     
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  6. thesamhill

    thesamhill Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Lol. OK, you got me. The truth is, George Washington came to me in a vision while I was in the tub and told me that anyone who plays above the 15th fret is a thespian and a defenestrator
     
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  7. John E

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    Depends on the guitar. I use as many as are available to access without buzzing or weirdness. It's one of the reasons I have a love/hate with 12 fret acoustics. I love the shorter scale and the sound hole and bridge pulled back... but I have to rearrange some of the melodies and leads in our songs. Same for electric, I play all over the neck. Keeps me interested.
     
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  8. Mike SS

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    I use whatever frets are necessary for the song I am playing. I have small hands, so the upper frets aren't as much of an issue as far as space is concerned.
     
  9. Mgeek

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    I built a guitar to my own design, just cut a body shape out first and when I came to doing the neck realised a 21 or 22 fret would have had the bridge land in a weird place- too far back.

    So I went with a 24 fret neck and love it! I'm no shredder - garage and psych kinda stuff, and when I'm playing in the key of E, I can do all kinds of mad downward slides, definitely glad of that extra fret
     
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  10. Wizweird

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    Tolgahan_Cogulu-150dpi.jpg how many do you want?
     
  11. Telenator

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    Years ago I was buying a Gibson L6-S at a local music store. I took lessons there as well. When my teacher, a well accomplished player, asked me about it I told him one of the big reasons I wanted it was because it has 24 frets. He looked at me and laughed and said, "C'mon, all the money is below the 12th fret."

    As the years have passed, I find myself in full agreement with him. A 24 fret neck forces the neck pickup into a spot where it just doesn't sound as good as a 22 fret neck.

    When I finally got around to scratch building an L6-S around 10 years ago, I changed the scale length to 25.50 and made a 22 fret finger board. Side by side, it smokes my old Gibson L6-S.
     
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  12. Muadzin

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    22 frets. If I need to bend to a high E I need that 22nd fret. I will not touch nor make any guitar with less. I still got two old Strats with 21 which I keep for old times sake, but other then that, 22 or out. Better to have that extra fret and not need it then need it and not have them. I never understood why Fender keeps making them with 21, which was a serious mistake by Leo Fender, and I can only suspect they keep on making them like that because most musicians are more conservative then Islamic extremists. Harumph! Leo Fender and Les Paul got it right from the start in the '50's dammit! Any deviation is just heresy!

    And Fender wondered why they never managed to catch the super Strat market.
     
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  13. 2manyteles

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    I use them all eventually. I'd say I spend most of my time between fret 3 and 15 though.
     
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    Most of the time I stop around 15-16, but there are some songs that require them all.
     
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  15. spikypaddy

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    All of my Fenders are 21 fret only, but my SG has 22. Obviously it depends upon what the song calls for, but I'm no stranger to the dustiest part of the fretboard for some highly derivative blues-rock widdling. Same policy applies for my Taylor electro - if I can reach the fret, then I'll use it at some point!
     
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  16. bferguson

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    I play up to the high G on the 15th fret. So 15 through 20. I don't know anyone that plays up to the 22nd fret. I also build guitars and just can't bring myself to build one with 22 frets.
     
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    I use 22 and 24 fret guitars. I think the biggest problem we face up in the nosebleed part of the neck is that most guitars just aren’t made well enough to sound good above the 12th fret. Think about it, does Santana sound weak and thin up high? The notes are there to be used musically. I wouldn’t use a saw that only had teeth 2/3 of the way on blade. It took me 45 years to settle on PRS, and I’m not a dentist, lawyer or doctor. I’m just an old guitar player who thinks someday he’ll learn enough to be satisfied. Until then, I’ll go practice.
     
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  18. 6String69

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    I play surf and both of my Jazzmasters have 21. I tune one to F#m to hit some higher notes on some songs. Definitely use all 21.
     
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  19. JIMMY JAZZMAN

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    I was wondering, how many keys does a piano player use? Most likely 88? I don't think so.
     
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    When in the key of G major I like use the G on the 1st sting on the 15th fret and hit the 17 fret bend up to B and or used the 2nd string 17th fret and bend up to G
     
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