21 or 22 Frets

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  1. Landshark2021

    Landshark2021 Strat-Talk Member

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    The local GC has listed a used Vintera 50's Strat in Sonic Blue and in excellent condition for $694.
    I went to check it out and it was very nice, a couple scuff marks on the body, but nothing that couldn't be buffed out. I was about to buy it when I noticed it only had 21 frets. I put it back on the rack and left.
    What is your preference? does it matter? I have guitars with both, but prefer 22 frets for soloing.
     
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  2. Dreamdancer

    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    It doesnt matter for Yjm or this guy:
     
  3. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    It matters not, to me. I'm rarely up there on a strat and if I am I can always bend it. I play with 008-038 strings and I can bend the bottom three strings 3 whole steps, 6 semi tones. If I need to.
     
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    19 is enough for me!!
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    22 is just makes one more to dust.
     
  6. Fenderbaum

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    Never seen the need of that extra fret. Maybe in a theoretical point of view its just one more half step up the scale.

    To me i only see 15 min. extra work on re-fret.
     
  7. sale83

    sale83 Strat-Talker

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    On strat 21, on others 22-24.
     
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  8. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    22 is nice, 21 will suffice
     
  9. TimJ

    TimJ Strat-O-Master

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    I guess it comes down to two factors:

    1) would you use the extra fret
    2) do you care if the guitar is “vintage correct” or not

    in my case:

    1) all the time
    2) nope, not in the slightest

    So I go with 22 frets wherever possible on a Strat. That said, I do own a 21-fretter as well and it’s fine, it’s not like I run out of fretboard every 5 seconds and look down wistfully where the extra fret could have been.
     
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  10. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    21 or 22 I don’t mind. I have never felt limited with 21 though.
     
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    Dibbs Strat-O-Master

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    Started with 22, now it's just my OCD kicking in, gotta be a full size neck, gotta be 22 frets. I know 21 would probably be easier.
     
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    MagnusR Senior Stratmaster

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    Same here and I use #22 every now and then
     
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    Dibbs Strat-O-Master

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Hell may freeze, before I start using the 18th fret. Like I said, no practical purpose, just OCD.
    It's simply a Monk-type desire, for uniformity.
     
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    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Silver Member

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    I just learned to bend up that 1/2 step...



     
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    =KARMA= Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Surely if uniformity is required, then two complete octaves and 24 frets would be called for?
     
  16. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I very rarely play above the 19th fret, so 21 or 22 makes no difference. Definitely not a deal breaker. I do prefer no more than 22, because of neck pickup placement, but even 24 is not a deal breaker if I like the guitar. My most played guitar has 24 frets, the highest frets never get used.

    Seriously though, 22 frets gives you all of one more note than 21 frets. If I need that note, I can bend the string.
     
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    jdanelam Strat-Talk Member Silver Member

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    21 on my Strat. If I want more real estate I grab my CE24
     
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    Its perhaps only for looks but i prefer it just like Leo invented it.
     
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    I do most of my playing on the first three frets. I've tried to expand to the upper register but it feels awkward. And doesn't sound as good to my ears. I'd much rather play the d at the 10th fret than the one at the 22nd.

    If I somehow felt compelled to play another octave up, it seems to me 24 would be better. I don't imagine you select the neck pickup for playing that high anyhow.
     
  20. Ruscio

    Ruscio Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    Depending on what or how you’re playing in the moment, bending up to a note isn’t always an option. Arpeggios, tapping, hammer on/pull off, etc. On a strat I like 22 frets, anything else I like 24.

    Also, and this doesn’t apply to strats, but often a guitar designed with more frets will make it easier to reach them. Even when I play an Ibanez or Schecter without using the last couple of few of its 24 frets, reaching the uppermost frets I am using is easier than on a strat. The guitar isn’t fighting against me up there!
     
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