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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2005, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Why Jumbo frets?

I didn't know where else to put this, so: since Jumbo frets are the highest ones, and that leads to detuning when you press the strings too hard, how come all Ibanez high-end guitars use them? Shouldn't the mediums or small be the best choice? Since with those is almost impossible to detune a note by accident....

What are the advantages of having the Jumbos??
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2005, 11:50 AM
 
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Re: Why Jumbo frets?

When one is used to it, the taller frets allow for a better 'grip' on the string, and they actually do sound different. That's partly due to the lesser energy bleed-off to the fretboard when using the tall jumbos, as there's minimal contact between fingertip and fretboard wood.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2005, 10:40 PM
 
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Re: Why Jumbo frets?

1. Keywords: "too hard"
2. I'd say with lower frets, you actually have to press harder, since the fingertip touching the fretboard earlier (possibly too early) messes with the tactile feedback, so you end up compensating. But that's me.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2005, 11:02 PM
 
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Re: Why Jumbo frets?

Thats alot of the reasoning behind scalloping frets.. Your fingers dont really touch anything but the string so its easier to fret notes..
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-07-2005, 12:08 AM
 
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Re: Why Jumbo frets?

as far as I know only the JEM555 and the RGs use jumbo frets. I believe most JEMs use dunlop 6150 (not sure if that's the right combination of #s lol) frets which are smaller.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-07-2005, 01:23 AM
 
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Re: Why Jumbo frets?

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as far as I know only the JEM555 and the RGs use jumbo frets. I believe most JEMs use dunlop 6150 (not sure if that's the right combination of #s lol) frets which are smaller.
Right numbers, wrong order. 6105s. There is a Dunlop 6150, but they're not used on Jems. Also, it looks like the earlier Jems--some of the 777s and 77s--used 6100s, which are really big.

Anyway, I find it really hard to play on guitars with smaller frets. When I try to bend, the string just slips right underneath my fingers.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-08-2005, 11:16 AM
 
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Re: Why Jumbo frets?

Thx :P it's 6105. I found playing on smaller fret guitars a lot easier on my 7V compared to my RG550 or my JEM555(sold) though.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 03:50 PM
 
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Re: Why Jumbo frets?

Yeah my JEM777DY has 6100s. Its as big as my P-basses frets. It makes fretting easier, jazz plaers usually prefer smaller frets for all that chording.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 04:41 PM
 
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Re: Why Jumbo frets?

You wusses!

Before my UV777BK got stolen, I had it outfitted with Dunlop 6000 fretwire! Now THAT is some big a$$ wire, but the guitar played like a dream.
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