#1
i just thought of this right now while playing my strat. why do guitar companies make that 23rd fret that is pretty much useless becuase you cant even play it? why not just leave it off or make it full? this is such a stupid question
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#2
So there isn't a gap between the 22nd and 24th frets.

Ok, more seriously:
Guitars with more than 22 frets typically have deeper cutaways, as well as a contoured heel to allow easier access to the higher frets. You can also reach them with your right hand by tapping.
It is convenient to have more frets if you tune down a whole step. That way, you can reach lower notes without compromising access to the highest notes in the key of D (if you bend it).

24 frets is exactly 2 octaves. This makes more sense than 22, which is an octave and a 7th.

I've seen guitars with 36 frets, and other stringed instruments with NO FRETS AT ALL. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
Last edited by sashki at Nov 2, 2009,
#4
It kind of has to do with how you play the 22nd fret...
they, uh, are sort of all important...
yeah...
#5
By 'fret' do you mean the bit of wood sticking out the top end of the fretboard that doesn't end with a bit of fretwire?


If so, consult my answer.

IROn, how is it effected at all by how the 22nd fret is played?
Last edited by Casketcreep at Nov 2, 2009,
#6
Darkest Hour uses the 23'rd fret in most of their solos...
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#7
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It is because you couldn't put a fret right on the edge of a bit of wood, it would fall off.


yup, presumably. And maybe splinter the wood if it were too close to the edge (could be wrong, though, maybe it's just cosmetics that there's so much space left).
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#8
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So there isn't a gap between the 22nd and 24th frets.

Ok, more seriously:
Guitars with more than 22 frets typically have deeper cutaways, as well as a contoured heel to allow easier access to the higher frets. You can also reach them with your right hand by tapping.
It is convenient to have more frets if you tune down a whole step. That way, you can reach lower notes without compromising access to the highest notes in the key of D (if you bend it).

24 frets is exactly 2 octaves. This makes more sense than 22, which is an octave and a 7th.

I've seen guitars with 36 frets, and other stringed instruments with NO FRETS AT ALL. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

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