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Would you buy a Tele if it only came with one fret size (a size you don't like) and adapt to it?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Digiplay, Sep 12, 2020.

  1. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Afflicted

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    Guys,

    I keep hearing how some members like one size fret, other members don't like it but love another fret size, and so on, and so on:)


    It seems there are basically five sizes for Telecasters, and as per Fender's website:

    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″).


    I own a Tele with 6230's, one with 6150's, one with 6105's, and one with 6130's.


    Now here's where I know some members are going to jump on me and tell me I haven't been playing guitar long enough to appreciate the difference, but as a guitarist who simply plays because I like to play a guitar, regardless of which fret size I play, I adjust very quickly, and I don't notice, nor care, which size the frets are, I simply PLAY the guitar :)


    So my question is if there was only one fret size Tele, take it or leave it, would you be able to adapt to it, and at some point just learn how to play it and not fret (get it, FRET? :) ) over it anymore?
     
  2. LAPlayer

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    If I could only have one I would spec 6130's. However, I have different frets on most of my guitars and play them just fine regardless of which ones they are.
     
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  3. Vermoulian

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    My favorite is the little vintage wire—6230 apparently. I can go a little bigger without any playability issues, but I don’t enjoy really big frets on a guitar.
     
  4. Nick Fanis

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    6150 is my favourite.
    But I won't pass on a guitar because of its fretwire.
     
  5. Rufustelestrats

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    Each guitar for me is evaluated as a holistic package. While vintage and medium tall are nice, other sizes are not deal breaker. Look Gibsons are different so are other brands, and some players switch around no issues. In and ideal world you would get what you want when you want it, but just because a fret wire is small or larger than I like, i do not choose just because of wire size. Worst case you can always re-fret.
     
  6. Nightclub Dwight

    Nightclub Dwight Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm old school. I used to play guitars without regard to spec. Some may have been more comfortable than others, but I was always happy to have a guitar in my hands. We simply didn't know any different. In fact, I probably played guitar for 20 years before I realized you can spec things like fret size. I initially thought they were just "frets."

    These days you can spec just about anything you want. I tend to avoid extra large frets, but in the end, I'll play any guitar if it appeals to me.
     
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  7. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Afflicted

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    I like them big

    But I have some small... I play them. Mostly in my acoustics

    BUT if I had to change those frets I would go big... and steel
     
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  8. rangercaster

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    I can adapt to anything ....


    I really don't fret about it ...
     
  9. Fretting out

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    I can play on anything but I prefer jumbo because I use 12-52 with a wound G

    I have new guitars with “vintage” frets and “narrow tall” , they seem to be getting eaten up too quickly

    I guess I like the width better than the height
     
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  10. Digiplay

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    I need to clarify my question :)

    I didn't mean if you could pick only one fret size for your Tele, what size would it be, I'm asking if a Telecaster only came with (and this is no preference, I'm simply choosing a fret size) the 6230's, and that's it, would you be able to adapt to it, and at some point just learn how to play it?
     
  11. Fretting out

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    Don’t you use 12’s?

    That’s why I like em big
     
  12. The Angry Possum

    The Angry Possum Tele-Holic

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    I'm more into jumbo fret-wire than actual fret sizes itself. I have a Korean Dean ML Chicago Standard that has amazing jumbo fret-wire on it. Very comfortable and easier to play.
     
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  13. wyclif

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    I've tried 'em all, but I prefer 6105 size frets on Fender guitars.

    The main reason why I like them is because they give both a precise playing feel while making fretting the notes easy. Some jumbo frets can make a note go sharp easily, but 6105s don't seem to have that problem while still being high. Another thing I like about them is that they last longer than shorter frets. For that reason, I think it's smart to install 6105s on the type of guitars that people tend to keep for a long time, like Custom Shop. Seems like you can go a lot longer between refrets with them.
     
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  14. Digiplay

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    I just changed the Title :)
     
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    Don't really have a fret size I don't like.
     
  16. Fretting out

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    Yes I would and do have teles without my ideal fret size

    I’m not gonna change them for the sake of changing, I’ll adapt until it’s time for a refret
     
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    I have terrible comprehension so that helped a lot
     
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    Of all the bits of a guitar I never worry about, frets are top of the list. Long as they are level.
     
  19. Lefty Addams

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    Of course. Frets are frets and the more you play it, the more you will get used to it.
     
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    I also play 12s with a wound G, and flatwounds at that, but maybe I am weird, because I really prefer small frets. I play relatively lightly, so I don’t wear through frets much at all. I would never get a new guitar with big frets, though could imagine if the right vintage instrument came up at the right price I would not decline just because of the frets, and I would leave them as they are.
     
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