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Old 01-22-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Bla-bla-bla 22 vs 24 frets

How often do you need 24 frets? Im looking at either some Les Paul or an Ibanez RG32.
I play all sorts of music. Do I need 24 frets? In metal solos? I have looked at a Les Paul Prophecy EX the Ibanez RG32 for 24 frets or some other 22 fret Les Paul, like the Standard or Traditional Pro.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:07 PM   #2
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I never feel i'm missing out with 22, but if you're gonna use them then they'd be worth having
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:08 PM   #3
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Well i wouldnt say you "need" it, though it does have a wider range. I do metal solos on both my guitars, both 22 frets, and I have no need for a 24 fret. But thats just me!
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
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I don't need a 24, even my 21 fret Tele works fine for me. It really depends on if you need them and want them.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:11 PM   #5
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It's only 2 extra notes. The chances of actually needing them are extremely slim.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:11 PM   #6
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It isn't the biggest problem in the world but it can sometimes be a nuisance especially if you are used to having 24 frets. You sometimes start to sort of expect the extras frets to be there.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:11 PM   #7
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I have never, ever used the 24th fret. The advantage of having a 24 fret guitar is the fact that usually, the 22nd fret is easier accessible compared to 22-fret guitars. This depends on the guitar shape, scale length, fret size... Just play the guitar and see how it feels, there really is no definitive answer...

For example, I've got a 24 fret Jackson atm. The 24th fret is pretty much inaccessible, but I don't use it anyway so I don't care.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:14 PM   #8
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I like having 24 frets because I feel like I have a complete "set". As in 12 notes at the left and its 12 octaves at the right. Makes learning the notes easier IMO even though its just a 2 fret difference.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:14 PM   #9
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ok. Like I said I looked at a Prophecy EX (only LP with 24 frets?) and I guess the 22 frets is easier to reach on that. So I guess that would be an advantage over the standard LP.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:20 PM   #10
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Well, :/ You can always learn to be a beast at bending and instead of playing the 24th fret bend the 22nd two notes higher and end of story? I'm used to doing it already on my telecaster when playing some Petrucci >,< It kills your fingers but at the same time helps you get a little better...
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:21 PM   #11
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I prefer 24 frets. Even if you don't use it often, it's good to have it there for when you do need it. Quite a few songs I've learned have used the 24th fret, and I play mostly metal.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:25 PM   #12
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I don't need 24 frets, I don't really use the highest frets that much, cause my solos don't really hit the highest notes, 18-20 occasionally. I mostly stay between 0 and 15.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:29 PM   #13
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24 fret is easier to get high fret access, but if you look for tone in neck pickup, gotta use 22. Also, people even use 20 frets on some hollow bodies just to have warmer and better tone. So we can say that 24th fret is not good for neck pickup. Or you can use single sized humbuckers like joe satriani. But well, go for a les paul standard, or either plus top if you can. Taditional pro has alnico 2 humbuckers which you wouldn't get to make any metal solos or harmonics. And if you can, go for higher end epiphones. Like zakk wylde. I recommend you saving more money.

Edit: Btw I love 24 frets, since i can play blues between only 21st and 24th frets, so it is funny. But would still go for a les paul.

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Old 01-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #14
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personally i love having that high E, the extra range is really useful.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:37 PM   #15
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I got a LP prophecy EX and it's really unconfortable to reach the 23-24th frets.
And i think you can play all that you want on 22 frets
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #16
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What you really need is 31 frets

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Old 01-22-2012, 06:04 PM   #17
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I get this feeling that I'm missing something when I'm playing my 22-fret Strat(though that could be because from the 15th fret up there's all kinds of dead frets, so I can't really play past it reliably), but I don't think I've ever gone past the 22nd fret more than once or twice. And...well, Malmsteen uses 21 frets IIRC(he might use 22, definitely doesn't use 24), he certainly has no problem doing metal solos. xD Pick what feels best to you, the number of frets isn't a big issue!
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:36 PM   #19
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24 frets are absolutely essential for me. I increasingly find that 27 frets would be more useful. It depends on what you play as to whether 24 frets are necessary. No-one can answer that but yourself, really.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:59 PM   #20
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24 Frets? 21 for me, so I can get the right sound from the neck pickup.
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