21 or 22 Frets

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Landshark2021, Apr 3, 2021.

  1. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    That is dumb. All vintage fenders are 21 frets. Did it affect Jimi or Clapton or anyone else for that matter? When you need that note once a year you can always bend up a half step.

    They couldn’t even call it a 50’s anything if it had 22 frets. That’s one of the things that gives it the V designation.
     
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  2. Landshark2021

    Landshark2021 Strat-Talker

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  3. StummerJoe

    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    22 is nice. My #1 has 22. Most of my guitars have at least 22, some have 24:eek:

    That said, my main Strat has 21 and to me there's something very cool about bending on the 21st fret to hit that high note. It's seems somehow more "epic". lol
     
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  4. BuckNekkid

    BuckNekkid Strat-O-Master

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    The only time I've ever been bothered by lack of frets is after I bought a beater acoustic (a fine little Gretsch G9500 "Jim Dandy") which is only a 12-fret acoustic. My other acoustics all have 14, and I'm used to going 14-15 at times.
     
  5. GitGeek

    GitGeek Livin' After Midnight Silver Member

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    Nice guitar, even just the rear shot :thumb:

    The contour though is almost a given on any 24 fret guitar, regardless of brand or price. You couldn't hardly play there without the contour. You'll find it even on a sub $300 24 fret Harley Benton.

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    Also, while I do use sometimes the 22nd fret in some songs, I find impractical to try that on a strat... so FOR A STRAT, it doesn't matter to me. Even my Warmoth with the angled/contoured neck pocket, I found uncomfortable to get to the 22nd fret because the horn carve isn't deep enough, so the finger has to "overhang" to reach the 22nd fret.


    For that reason, when I ordered a replacement neck for my tele, I just went with 21 frets. I did not miss the 22nd fret.

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    Same thing for my ,y #1 strat, I just went with 21 frets to keep the originality of my guitar (pic shows the original neck... replacement neck is still in the works, but it's 21 frets)


    strat mij .jpg
     
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  7. ProSonicLive

    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

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    22, assuming I can't get 24.

    however, if it5 plays well and does what I need it to, I couldn't care less.
     
  8. stratcpo

    stratcpo Senior Stratmaster

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    YES. ENJOY!!!
     
  9. nasticanasta

    nasticanasta Strat-Talk Member

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    21...
    My 73 Tele Custom maple on a 79 body... owned for 30 years
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    I like the way 21 looks better, it clears the pickguard and is original to the design on a Strat. I don't play past 17 so....
     
  11. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Strat-O-Master

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    I don't much care. I have 21, 22 and 24 fret guitars. If i need to play a note on 22, I just bend up. I almost never play on 24.
     
  12. LTigh

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    I usually prefer 22
    [​IMG]

    ...but the last two strats I've scored both have 21, and so far I'm okay with it.
    [​IMG]
     
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  13. Dibbs

    Dibbs Senior Stratmaster

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    You know, you'd like to think so, but I started out with a Traveler Guitar. A nice, compact, little
    deal, with a solid body (sort of) almost a pickup, (sort of) no head (tuning pegs in almost solid body) and a full scale 22 fret neck.

    And if you know anything about OCD, you know it's effed up. You would like to put rhyme or reason to it, but you can't. I started out with 22 frets, now 22 frets just seems the norm.
     
  14. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Senior Stratmaster

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    What a stunning Strat. I wonder what model that is? The frets appear scalloped, the body color and neck seem perfect for each other.
     
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    ibdrkn1 Senior Stratmaster

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    You don't need the extra fret......... until you do.

    If I like the guitar as a whole it wouldn't be a deal breaker but even if I rarely get up there I like knowing I can.
     
  16. Dreamdancer

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    Its an YJM sonic blue stratocaster as he describes it in some other videos of his...definitely scalloped...
     
  17. Deebs3

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    Some songs are played on 22 frets, like Hotel California, so if you wanna learn that bit, you'll just have to learn one of the other 347 parts.
     
  18. dbolt

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    Don’t matter really.
     
  19. 93studiolite

    93studiolite Strat-Talker

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    I don’t think I’ve ever played past the 20th fret on any of my guitars. Having said that, my PRS is a 24 fret and is so much more comfortable to play up around the 15-20 frets than anything else I own.
     
  20. ThreeChordWonder

    ThreeChordWonder Senior Stratmaster

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    I've found that to be true on my Teles, not so much on my Strats, probably because the body cavities are bigger.