Best Fret Size

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In general low frets are considered better for chords and rythm playing, while tall frets make string bends and lead techniques easier. 6105 and 6150 are our two most popular fret sizes, and represent a good balance.

In any way, are jumbo frets easier?

Jumbo frets are popular on many electric guitars and basses. They are rarely seen on acoustic guitar. The main advantage of jumbo frets, is that when playing lead guitar runs, riffs and licks and solos, it is easier to bend the note by pushing the string towards the edge of the neck while fretting.

Whatever the case, what difference does fret size make? Fret gauge might have a bigger impact on playing feel than on tone for many guitarists. Wider frets are often attributed a smoother, more buttery playing feel, which also makes it easier to bend strings. Ease of bending is also enhanced by taller frets, whether wide or narrow.

Long story short, what is fret size?

Fret width is self explanatory, simply how wide it is. Measurements usually range from 1mm to 3mm (0.047″ – 0.118″) Wider frets will often feel smooth as you slide over them going up and down the fretboard, however they can sometimes give an impression that there is less room inbetween to hit notes.

Are jumbo frets better?

On the other hand, jumbo 6100 fret wire can provide easier playability with better sustain, tone and bending because you don't have to press as hard to fret the strings, but your fingers probably won't even touch the fingerboard, which could take some getting used to if you're accustomed to smaller frets.

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  • THE FIRST THING A PLAYER FEELS ARE FRET ENDS - so always shape them with this file. Smooth, non-marring edges glide on the fingerboard while the fine-toothed sides deburr and round the fret.
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11 More Questions Answered

What is the difference between jumbo frets and medium?

Jumbo you feel the frets more, Medium you feel the wood more. Jumbo does make it easier to bend but you can fret the notes too sharp if you've got a heavy hand like I do. Unless you're extremely picky, medium-jumbo is a nice all-around fret choice.

How long should guitar frets last?

18 months before a fret-dress really isn't unreasonable. depending on how good the factory work was, that guitar may have needed the work done the day it left the factory. Unless the frets are incredibly soft, it should be good for a couple years.

When should I replace frets?

Frets are meant to be used. If they have light divots or some uneven wear, they can likely be leveled and dressed, but if they are so worn and gouged out that they don't do their job anymore, it's time for replacements.

What guitar has the most frets?

Washburn makes guitars with 36 frets.

Are stainless steel frets better?

PROS: considerably longer fret life, bends are much smoother, vibrato is much easier, more responsive to your attack, they never get dull. CONS: string life (if you are using nickel strings) will be diminished, expensive. Seems to be a no brainer really!

How do you measure fret size?

You can measure the width with the outer jaws (make sure to zero out the calipers for accurate measurements), but for the height (unless you are going to notch the depth rod and subtract the difference), use a piece of something of a uniform thickness and drill a hole in it to accomodate the depth rod, place it across ...

Does the number of frets on a guitar matter?

The number of frets a guitar has affects the tone. 22 fret guitars sound warmer and thicker, because the neck pickup is placed closer to the nut of the guitar. They are generally easier to play because the neck is shorter so you don't have to reach as much down the fretboard.

What is a fret wire?

A fret is a raised element on the neck of a stringed instrument. Frets usually extend across the full width of the neck. On most modern western fretted instruments, frets are metal strips inserted into the fingerboard. ... Fret is often used as a verb, meaning simply "to press down the string behind a fret".

Are all fretboards the same size?

Electric guitars have smaller and thinner bodies so size is not an issue with them except with small children. Classical guitars while bigger than electrics also have a size which is fine for any normal sized adult. Children should learn on small sized guitars that match their bodies.

Are all guitar frets the same size?

Actually, all frets have the same size. But they are positioned closer to each other as you go up the neck. This is a simple consequence of the way musical notes have been designed, based on which frequencies we have learned to find 'pleasant' when they sound together. Actually, all frets have the same size.

Do you really need 24 frets?

Really, theres no need for 24 frets, They're just tiny little frets that make your neck scale abit bigger.