#1
My '76 les paul literally feels like its fretless. The frets are so small, but are perfectly shaped, and have almost no wear. I dont know if you can really get an idea of how tiny they really are from the picture. The guitar has perfect intonation, and the action is so low that if you blow on the string hard enough it will fret, thats an almost serious statement. haha. Other people try to play my guitar, and they get nasty fretbuzz and dead notes, but i never do, i guess its because im used to it? Would this kind of thing actually make you better at playing? I also get alottt of sustain to, it doesnt seem like there are any real down-sides to this, other than if i start getting some fretwear they wont last long...


#2
thats a good thing! too many guitar makers make guitars with ****ing jumbo frets. i cant see the point.

small frets ftw
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#3
larger frets means there is no contact with the wooden fretboard..meaning it slow you down.... why do you think malmsteen has his frets scalloped ?
#4
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larger frets means there is no contact with the wooden fretboard..meaning it slow you down.... why do you think malmsteen has his frets scalloped ?


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larger frets means there is no contact with the wooden fretboard..meaning it slow you down.... why do you think malmsteen has his frets scalloped ?


I can tell you it sure as hell isn't to slow him down...

Scalloped fretboards and to a lesser extent, jumbo frets can provide greater control over string bending and vibrato. Yngwie most likely scalloped his fret board for better control of his customary wide vibrato.
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#6
The frets on my G&L S-500 are like that. It plays like a dream but I find it harder to get as much vibrato as my other guitars.
#7
Smaller frets are horrid in my opinion. Now i got my Ibanez RG prestige 2620 i actually dislike playing my 1979 strat.
#8
i hate small frets. it seems so hard to bend. you cant grip the string very well imo. also, legato is easier on bigger frets. i got medium jumbo on mine right now but im thinking of going full on jumbo.
#9
I don't mind, my fingers are nimble,
I suppose it could help speed, if the frets are closer together, less traveling....
My opinion though
#10
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TS: Personally, I like larger frets, I haven't played a lot of guitars with smaller frets but from what I have, did not enjoy it.
#11
my strat which i've sold off has small frets, and how ever much i play, i just can get the hang of it.

Especially when it comes to bendings, the strings tend to slip off my fingers at the peak of the bend.
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#12
I like large frets...


Its all personal preference.

My guitar teacher would love that guitar though.
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#14
I prefer bigger frets. I guess it depends on what you're used to and what you play.

My acoustic 12-string has tiny frets and its a nightmare to play.
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#15
I love smaller frets, it makes me faster!
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#16
My '77 deluxe is the same way. I love it, they work perfectly for me for some reason. Much better then jumbo's.
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#17
LP it sounds like you have a perfect neck for me. Don't worry about fret wear. Bigger frets wear out too. If the neck feels that good to you then that's all that counts.
#18
yeah, i feel like i get better after playing this guitar for awile, its hard to bend on, legato is tough. I make it all work though, and ive recorded a few song with it, and everything sounds great, but once i play another guitar, its like, damn this is so easy.
#19
It is the 'fretless wonder' after all. You must have a very light touch to be able to play that one. I know I sure couldn't; I always raise the action as high as it goes on my guitars, or I'll get fretbuzz.
#20
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It is the 'fretless wonder' after all. You must have a very light touch to be able to play that one. I know I sure couldn't; I always raise the action as high as it goes on my guitars, or I'll get fretbuzz.



dang, sounds like you need a real setup, i dont get the slightest buzz on any of my guitars, except for my washburn because it has some rediculous fretwear and uneven frets.
#21
I don't know, it kind of looks like a time for a refret. Has the guitars frets ever been levelled/crowned in its lifespan? That may explain the lowness/perfect condition of the frets.
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#22
that's nothing, I've played a Lespaul with it's frets almost flat. they don't stop you at all.

actually, I do legato better one flat frets then I do on jumbo.
#24
Back in the 70's there was a trend called "micro-fretting." Basically planing the frets down to nothing. I like low action but that was even too extreme for me.
#26
small frets are for winners. people who play with jumbo frets are clearly compensating for something.
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#27
Could be. Or may have just been planed multiple times during maintainance. If I were you I would try to find out as much as possible about the guitar's history. Tracing through multiple owners is difficult at best, but can be emotionally rewarding.
#29
Smaller frets are the way to go. I've yet to see how larger frets can help with anything at all. Even the stuff people usually list as being easier with larger frets, I just don't find it, if anything I find most things harder with larger frets, or just the same.
#30
There's no need to bash one type of frets over another, same goes with strings, they are a matter of perference. I used to not like Gibson medium frets, they felt too squareish, now I like them really good. I can play on most fret sizes, but I like mediums, too low and I can't bend or do legato good, and legato is a HUGE part of my technique, too tall, and they start to hurt my fingers, and I get less of a feel of the neck.
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