#1
what are the advantages and disadvantages of jumbo frets? whats the big difference? i also have smaller hands
#2
Easier bends and vibrato.

Don't need to push down as much.

Chords are a bit more difficult. If you press down too hard, your notes could go sharp though.
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personally the only disadvantage I find is that with jumbo, i have to stretch my fingers a bit more.
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#4
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personally the only disadvantage I find is that with jumbo, i have to stretch my fingers a bit more.


Would you care to explain how this works to me?
#5
whats the standard number of frets on a regular guitar? what about jumbo? i also have pretty small hands which concerns me when learning to play lol
#6
Yeah, why do you have to stretch your fingers more? And to the other guy- why are chords harder? I find everything (including chords) harder on small vintage Fender-style frets. I'm sure it's all just a matter of preference, anyway. Although I guess it's a matter of fact that things like vibrato etc are easier with jumbo frets.
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Yeah, why do you have to stretch your fingers more? And to the other guy- why are chords harder? I find everything (including chords) harder on small vintage Fender-style frets. I'm sure it's all just a matter of preference, anyway. Although I guess it's a matter of fact that things like vibrato etc are easier with jumbo frets.


Mostly connected with the whole 'push down too hard and you go out of pitch' thing.
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There's really no standard number. 21, 22 and 24 are all commonplace. Jumbo fret are taller than other frets, if memory serves, and should not concern the size of your hands nearly at all.

Scale lenght would be what concerns the size of your hands. Guitars generally come in 24 3/4" or 25 1/2" scale lengths. The 24 3/4" scale guitars may end up being easier to play with small hands, but even then, your hands will adapt to a 25 1/2" guitar eventually. 25 1/2" guiars will have more string tension than 24 3/4". It all comes down to what feels better to you.
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There's really no standard number. 21, 22 and 24 are all commonplace. Jumbo fret are taller than other frets, if memory serves, and should not concern the size of your hands nearly at all.

Scale lenght would be what concerns the size of your hands. Guitars generally come in 24 3/4" or 25 1/2" scale lengths. The 24 3/4" scale guitars may end up being easier to play with small hands, but even then, your hands will adapt to a 25 1/2" guitar eventually. 25 1/2" guiars will have more string tension than 24 3/4". It all comes down to what feels better to you.


so what would you or anybody else recommend for a beginner with smaller hands? whats the difference between the 24 3/4" or 25 1/2" besides the obvious length answer. are the frets farther apart for the 25 1/5"?
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so what would you or anybody else recommend for a beginner with smaller hands? whats the difference between the 24 3/4" or 25 1/2" besides the obvious length answer. are the frets farther apart for the 25 1/5"?


The difference is almost un-noticable, the only thing that can be recommended for a beginner with small hands is practice.
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i just didnt know exactly what jumbo frets were or if they would be a bad idea
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whats the standard number of frets on a regular guitar? what about jumbo? i also have pretty small hands which concerns me when learning to play lol



if you have small hands make sure you have good hand positioning.
don;t wrap around with ur thumb.

and like said, jumbo frets are higher. not an issue with smaller hands, just bumpy on fast runs.

if you like thin necks, check out ibanez guitars.

check out how tiny she is, and how fat the neck is.
can you say she's having any trouble? it's alll how you hold the guitar

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Most of them have thin necks, yes.


That's kind of their thing.
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do all ibanez guitars have thin necks? i was kind of leaning towards this guitar

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-RG350DX-Electric-Guitar-519415-i1395598.gc



when you see wizard in the ibanez neck specs that's a good bet.
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so what would you or anybody else recommend for a beginner with smaller hands? whats the difference between the 24 3/4" or 25 1/2" besides the obvious length answer. are the frets farther apart for the 25 1/5"?


Longer scale length supposedly has more tension, so you can tune down farther.
#17
is there a certain type of music where jumbo frets give you an advantage?
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do all ibanez guitars have thin necks? i was kind of leaning towards this guitar

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-RG350DX-Electric-Guitar-519415-i1395598.gc


The tremolo isn't very good on that guitar.
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is there a certain type of music where jumbo frets give you an advantage?


No, it's all down to taste but you probably won't be able to tell the difference between jumbo frets and small frets until you get more experienced.
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The tremolo isn't very good on that guitar.


what do you mean?
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what do you mean?


He means that it's made out of inferior materials so after a year or so of reasonable use the knife edge will dull and it won't return to pitch reliably.
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the bridge. it's a cheaply made system and its knife edges (which the bridge pivots on) are soft metal and go dull in a few months. luckily it can be replaced by the Original Floyd Rose with little to no work done to the body.
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the bridge. it's a cheaply made system and its knife edges (which the bridge pivots on) are soft metal and go dull in a few months. luckily it can be replaced by the Original Floyd Rose with little to no work done to the body.


well that doesnt sound very good lol
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so what would you or anybody else recommend for a beginner with smaller hands? whats the difference between the 24 3/4" or 25 1/2" besides the obvious length answer. are the frets farther apart for the 25 1/5"?


I own both a 25.5" scale Les Paul, and a 24.75" scale Les Paul, and the difference in distance between the frets is microscopic. From the nut to the first fret is less than a mm longer, and from there on, the difference gets less and less. The big difference is really just string tension.