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GospelBilly!
Dec 26th, 2018 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had some really problems setting up my American Pro HSS Strat due to the narrow tall frets.

These frets are designed to be good for bending strings, but if you primarily have Strats with medium jumbo frets like me, the bending is TOO easy.

I ultimately compensated for the frets by using 10-46 gauge strings (I normally use 9-42 on Strats and Teles) and using lower action than I typical use.

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Dec 26th, 2018 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve never bonded with the narrow tall. I don’t have any guitars with them, these days.

I did recently build a Strat with low-wides. That’s kinda neat in its own way.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 05:21 PM, Dec 26th, 2018)

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Dec 26th, 2018 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

6105's, narrow tall, whatever you want to call them are deal breakers for me. Medium jumbos work best and I'll take vintage style with a 7.5 rad board over anything narrow tall.

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GospelBilly!
Dec 27th, 2018 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good to see I'm not the only one who find the narrow tall frets hard to acclimate to.

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Dec 28th, 2018 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

The SRV strat has them and I can definitely see how some may not like them. I do like them and the way it makes me get a bit aggressive with the guitar...in an SRV kinda way ;)

I had an SRV years ago and sold it. I forgot just how much I like this guitar. Oddly enough it is reminding me of some things I learned on that guitar while I owned it. Memories of things forgot are streaming back.

Back to the narrow tall frets, at first glance the action seems very high but its just that the fingerboard is lower! Does that make sense?
Also, having done quite a bit of my own nut making recently, this nut is also much taller; as in the bottom of the nut slots are farther off the board. Just some observations.

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Dec 28th, 2018 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tall frets do affect how you play. Squeeze chords too hard and you'll push notes sharp.

Fret height is often forgotten about when people discuss neck shapes and dimensions. A few thousandths of an inch either way in any dimension can radically change how a neck feels in the hand.

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GospelBilly!
Dec 29th, 2018 08:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's funny how you (well me at least) think a 12" radius and jumbo frets will be where it's at for Strats, only to find out you strongly prefer medium jumbo and 9.5" radius fretboards on Strats.

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