#1
hello,
is the space between the frets on a 24 fret electric guitar the same as a 22 fret electric guitar and the same as an 18 fret acoustic guitar, but the neck is just shorter?
What about the space between the strings on an electric vs acoustic? I only have an electric
#2
The space between the frets depends on the scale length, not the amount of frets. There's the "Gibson scale" (24.75 inch) and the "Fender scale" (25.5 inch). They are the most commonly used. I'm not sure what's the normal scale length of an acoustic.

I'm not sure about the space between strings but they are pretty much the same. I would guess acoustics have a bit more space between the strings than electrics.
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#3
The guitar's scale length determines the spacing between the frets. A longer scale length gives you a larger space. Jazz and Blues players like a shorter scale length. The number of frets on a guitar is a design element. Acoustic guitars usually have fewer frets, while an electric with a deep cutaway has more fret access, so you can have more frets above the body.
Nut width and string spacing can vary a little. The neck profile, both on the fretboard and the back of the neck is what varies the most between guitars. This also makes the playing charicteristics of the guitar. How it feels and plays.
#5
what they said

also the last 2 frets on a 24 fretter will be slightly closer, since frets get closer together as you go up the neck.
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hello,
is the space between the frets on a 24 fret electric guitar the same as a 22 fret electric guitar and the same as an 18 fret acoustic guitar, but the neck is just shorter?
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What they all said <G>.

Here's an interesting example: On a Gibson SG, you'll find that there have been 22, 23 and 24-fret fretboards down through history. The scale is exactly the same on all of those guitars, the neck is exactly the same length and the distance from the bridge to the nut is the same (that's the scale). Back when the SG was new, they found that the neck joint was a bit weak, so they moved the neck pickup away from the neck to allow a bit more of the body "meat" to strengthen the joint. Nothing changed but the location of the neck pickup. But that left a space between the end of the 22 fret fretboard and the neck pickup. Tony Iommi (and Frank Zappa and others) discovered that they could tack two extra frets into that space and have a full 2-octave neck. All of the other frets are exactly the same size; you just get the two extra frets.
#7
^ You know, this is something I've been wondering for a while. You know the way people always say they hate 24 fret guitars (normally superstrats or more modern guitars) because of how it makes the neck pickup sound horrible?

Have you ever heard anyone say that an SG's neck pickup sounds horrible? I haven't.

If you ask me it's another example of guitarists rating tone by their eyes and not their ears. A lot of guitarists are just biased against superstrats, if you ask me.

(I actually think it does make a difference but I don't think 24 fret neck pickups sound as bad as a lot of people claim, and actually for more modern tones I probably prefer their position with 24 frets.)
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#8
I always figured superstrat neck pickups weren't great because most of the time they're a higher output pickup in a basswood or alder body, and that coupled with being closer to the bridge made them sound thin and wimpy.

SG neck pickups, at least stock, are usually warmer and lower output, plus they're in a rather darker guitar with some bass and body to the tone.
#9
i'd have said an SG (stock) was warm to a fault

also the whole higher output pickup thing isn't really fair, i mean of course if you don't like high output pickups you won't like high output pickups in a 24 fretter. but it's the pickup more than the 24 frets, surely?

I think it kinda boils down to using what's suitable... i wouldn't use a floydy superstrat for blues but i wouldn't use a stock sg for shred either (as a first choice).
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#10
I just mean, high output pickup plus closer to the bridge plus colder/thinner sounding wood is a losing combination. Fair or not, that's part of the equation.

I didn't mean to argue the point that it's not the number of frets that causes the problem. It's only a problem if you combine it with a number of other factors.
#11
No worries. Maybe I am arguing that black's white. I just always get the feeling that shreddy superstrats are unfairly maligned, when they're great (IMO) for certain types of music.

Also, is a high output neck pickup always part of the equation, though? I mean plenty of Ibanezes have fairly low output neck pickups, I think? Most of the higher end prestiges have paf pros or air nortons, which aren't exactly underwound paf-output, but I wouldn't call them high output either. Most Jacksons and ESPs have Jazzes or '59s in the neck.

Plus I mean it's not as big a problem if you're using them for the type of music they're aimed at- fairly high gain, in other words.

I don't like high output neck pickups either fwiw I pretty much like paf output neck pickups (even for higher gain stuff).
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