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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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    Cha-ching, you are 100% correct Wound_Up :)

    Jerry

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    Are you staying safe with Long Tall Sally hitting Shreveport?
     
  2. Lance Morgan

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    I’ll play whatever I am holding, and tele necks are among the easiest to play.
     
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    I never think about fret size, ever.
     
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    I have one Tele and it only has one size of frets on it.

    I wouldn't buy any guitar with different size frets on it. That's asking for intonation issues, uneven wear, string buzzes etc!
     
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    Absolutely not. If it had a fretsize I didn't like, I would be in misery.
    Its hard enough for me to play the 25 1/2 inch scale length. (I prefer 24 3/4), so adding in a undesirable fretsize would make me very sad..
    But 25 1/2 inch is the proper scale length to make it twang-o-licious, so I have to live with it.
     
  6. Digiplay

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    The story goes:

    Guitar Player 1 asks: "Why do you keep playing a guitar you don't like, and that makes you sad?"

    Guitar Player 2 answers: "Because it feels so good when I stop playing it!"
     
  7. Digiplay

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    Last questions on this subject :)

    What year did Fender stop using the 6230's as the standard/only fret size?

    I'm simply asking that if it was after the 60's, how did all out guitar heroes play their guitars so amazingly with that now seemingly unpopular (as far as the masses now go) size?
     
  8. USian Pie

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    No
     
  9. Digiplay

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    No as far as what USian Pie? :)
     
  10. Digiplay

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    EDIT:

    You're answering No as your reply to my Thread question.

    My bad :)
     
  11. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Back in the good ol days you bought a Tele, and you had no choice. You just played it. :D
     
  12. Digiplay

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    How ignorant, ill-informed and unenlightened those poor players were back then Crobbins :)
     
  13. USian Pie

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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?"

    My answer is No.

    I should add the list of fret sizes I don't like is really, really short.
     
  14. ChrisDowning

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    Jumbo are pretty easy to play and easy to bend as you can get on the 'side' of the string more easily than real tiny vintage - but frankly, there aren't many guitars with small frets like that around now. I'd say its a trade-off having had both - the bigger frets allow a lower action, and with the tiny frets I had to go for nothing lower than Fender's standard set up or I couldn't really bend easily. However, it felt super smooth playing small frets and low action - that route leads to playing with 12s I think, and sliding alla Chuck Berry rather than Hendrix bending.
     
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    To answer the OP, I bought a 2014 American Standard with medium-jumbos to use in my sessions kit and have adapted to those frets until I get around to re-fretting with jumbos. It imposes some limitations on my bending but I will live. [​IMG]

    Bob
     
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    I’ve done this with multiple guitars. I used to buy guitars based on how good the deal was and less on the specs believing I could adapt to any odd specs. I finally learned to stop doing that. I buy guitars with the neck profile, fretboard radius and fret size I prefer. There are too many options available to ever settle.
     
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    I think you can get use to anything and the different frets / necks / pickups will make you play differently.

    Gary
     
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    I've got Gibsons with tiny frets and my Bluesboy has big fat jumbos, so I don't think I really care about fret size. I've got other things that are deal killers; frets aren't one of them.
     
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    Hi Gary!

    I SURE would like to play differently! :) :) :)

    Jerry
     
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    The fret size defines the vibe of the era. I like my vintage fret Teles as much as the more modern, 6105/9.5” radius
    Teles. Just a different feel. But, if you play an actual, old 50s collector guitar, it has the feel that Fender captured in the Vintera Series. Add a flatter neck and 6105s like the Baja and the feel changes. I guess it’s what you like. I grew up playing a ‘70 Tele, so the vintage feel is fine for me. But, add some bigger frets and a flatter neck, even a fuller C profile and the vibe gets even better, if that’s possible.

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