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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Landshark2021, Apr 3, 2021.
Doesn't freakin' matter to me .
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.
just need three for cowboy chords
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
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?
Makes no difference to me. I adapt.
I like 21, but I prefer to have them take the extra fret off the bottom instead of the top. Huge difference!
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
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.
You gotta bend into that high D resolution if you have a 21 fretter.
21 for rhythm an 22 for lead
Thanks. Two more dumb questions. One, which is considered more traditional? Two, who uses the 22nd frets?
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.
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.
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.
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.