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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. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    My #1 guitar (see avatar photo) has medium jumbos on a 9.5” radius neck.

    None of my other guitars match this spec, but I like/love/play all of them...if anything, the differences in fret size, neck profile, body type and pickups lend themselves to playing different styles, because I’ll “hit it” differently.

    By the way, I owned another Telecaster that had very similar neck profile and fret size, and I just couldn’t bond with it...so sometimes it’s the guitar as a whole, not just one or two features, that make that particular instrument “work” for you.
     
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  2. mkdaws32

    mkdaws32 Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Same here. If I likes it, I plays it - no idea what fret sizes I currently have on my guitars, but they do vary.
     
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  3. Nick Fanis

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    Well Clapton, Hendrix,Gilmour,Page and EVERYONE who played a Fender from 1950-1983 did "adapt".
    Who am I to argue?
     
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  4. xtelesquirex

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    I pay more attention to neck profile and radius. And I can't find the perfect combination there either. I prefer smaller vintage frets, but I can play on anything. I don't think fret size would be a deal-breaker for me if the guitar had other features that I want.
     
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  5. David C

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    My tele has the Narrow Tall frets, which I seem to have adjusted to over time. I prefer a smaller fret, simply because they have a different feel in playability to me, but I have adapted and moved on. I really love the profile of the neck, which is solid rosewood, and the guitars overall different look, its Shawbucker pickups with separate volume/tone controls. It was the complete package that appealed to me, not the frets.
     
  6. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    In a word, "NO". :cool:
     
  7. nobis17

    nobis17 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I'm not good enough for different fret sizes to make a difference in my playing. :p
     
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  8. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Tele-Holic

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    I've never really thought about frets. To many guitars and each manufacturer uses whatever they choose so I just play them as is.
     
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  9. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I would say "no" to the Op's intended question. Too many options out there not to find your preferred size of fret. What would be the point otherwise?
     
  10. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    As long as the HEIGHT isn't over .045, I can't do tall frets.
     
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  11. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I have trouble believing medium jumbo are actually that short. They seem taller than vintage to me installed on necks.
     
  12. PCollen

    PCollen Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Nope...I'd buy a Strat.
     
  13. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

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    tall narrow frets buzz less that is a fact and i do prefer them but my gretsch has jumbos and it sure is pretty.
     
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  14. Rufustelestrats

    Rufustelestrats Tele-Holic

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    Oh, my, God Becky, look at her frets
    It is so big, she looks like
    One of those country guys' guitars.
    But, ya know, who understands those country guys?
    They only play with her, because,
    She looks like a total prostitute, 'kay?
    I mean, her frets , are just so big
    I can't believe there just so round, it's like out there
    I mean gross, look
    She's just so, Telecaster
    I like big Frets and I can not lie
    You other players can't deny
    That when a tele walks in with an itty bitty waist
    And a round set of frets in your face
     
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  15. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    No
     
  16. kLyon

    kLyon Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    A friend gave me a neck with 6230s that had leveling issues (the frets were even lower by the time it was playable) - a pretty cool neck, otherwise: Warmoth, binding, a little thin for my tastes - so I built a Cabronita around it and took it on a tour; played it a bunch. It sounded great, but I never loved playing it. I like bigger frets (and bigger necks); my worst case is a 1965 Mosrite Ventures I've had for years: looks amazing, sounds amazing, can't stand the tiny frets.
     
  17. adjason

    adjason Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    does not really matter to me- I prefer not jumbo but I adjust pretty quickly to any radius and fretwire, neck shape, etc- what is more important to me is how the action feels on a particular guitar
     
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  18. DaveG_NJ

    DaveG_NJ Tele-Meister

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    Yes, well, maybe - I'm trying to adapt now!

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    I never gave much thought to frets when I owned one or two guitars and kept them for years. I'm sure I adapted if they were different. But these days I try a lot of different guitars (thanks internet). My touch is not the lightest, so tall narrow frets feel like crossing HO (or N-scale) railroad tracks when I slide. I recently bought a CS NOS 1959 Tele. Love the tone and the look, but the frets are killing me. The Custom Shop used Jescar FW50085, which are narrow (.085) and tall (.050). After they've lost a bit of their crown and are flattening, they slice the tops of my fingers off when I slide. I am trying to lighten my touch, but that's a challenge. I might adapt, but when I pick up a fat fretted guitar like a Richie Kotzen or my Warmoth Partscaster (with SS 6150's), I'm in comfort heaven.
     
  19. memorex

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    Short answer - no. I have two partcaster Teles and neither has a Fender neck. I wouldn't pay Fender custom shop prices to get a neck that I can get Musikraft to make for me for a fraction of the price.
     
  20. Digiplay

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    But would you buy a Strat if it only came with one fret size that you didn't like? :)
     
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