21 or 22 Frets

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  1. CAR63

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    Doesn't freakin' matter to me .
     
  2. GuitarGeni

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    I don't spend a lot of time up there, but I prefer 22. I like even numbers.

    I'll blame it on my dad who would never buy a car made in an odd numbered year. ;) Yes, I've never owned a car made in an odd numbered year. Go figure.
     
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    just need three for cowboy chords
     
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    You really ought to hear me play before saying something like that and giving me such high hopes.

    Ive got 21 frets on my Strats but if somehow I fell into the possession of a Strat Plus with a 22 fret neck, I wouldn’t complain one bit :cool:
     
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  6. Gardner

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    Here's a stupid question: Is a 22-fret neck longer than the 21-fret neck? Or is it the same length and they simply fit in (or lose, depending on your point of view) a fret? Because if the neck's longer, that would affect string tension, no?
     
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    Makes no difference to me. I adapt.
     
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    I like 21, but I prefer to have them take the extra fret off the bottom instead of the top. Huge difference!
     
  9. BuddyHollywood

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    This is how I feel. 21 is not a deal breaker but I like 22. I have a vintage style Strat with 21 frets and I love playing it. I would buy a guitar with 21 frets with no reservation if I really loved playing it.

    On a 22 fret guitar you can bend the high D up to the octave E if you really want to. It's hard to make that C# an E on a 21 fretter. I also like it that the last fret on each string on a 22 fret board is an even whole step lower note than the string. It feels complete to my semi OCD mathematical brain.

    E - D
    B - A
    G - F
    D - C
    A - G
    E - D
     
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    They're the same length where it fits in the neck pocket, they just extend the wood on the fretboard so it overhangs a bit.
     
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  11. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    You gotta bend into that high D resolution if you have a 21 fretter.
     
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    21 for rhythm an 22 for lead
     
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    Thanks. Two more dumb questions. One, which is considered more traditional? Two, who uses the 22nd frets?
     
  14. GuitarGeni

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    Answers:
    1). I'm no expert but I believe that 21 is considered vintage, i.e. traditional.
    2). The people that have them. ;) Seriously though, see post above from Buddy Hollywood. I would think that explanation makes sense. Personally I've noticed that I miss the 22nd fret when I play my 21 fret guitar.
     
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    Excuse me, I did not understand.
    Then a 22-frets fretboard will be longer than a 21 one?
    I'll be grateful if you can explain it again.
     
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    Yes, the fretboard is longer with 22 frets, as it overhangs the neck a bit more (see pic below), but the neck below the fretboard is the same size.
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  17. Jack Frost

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    Why are you removing the neck to remove the pickguard? All my strats have 22 frets and I've never removed the neck. In fact, out of laziness I sometimes don't even remove the strings! I just loosen them, slide the pickguard backwards a bit, and then voila! There's no need to ever remove the neck to remove a pickguard on a strat.