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I have an RG1527 and for the most part, I love the feel of the neck. But, the frets seem a bit big. They're jumbo and I was reading about how Satch uses 6105 frets on his JSs. Does anyone know if I'd notice a big difference in the feel and ease of playing if I changed the frets? And is it a big deal to do myself or not? Thanks.
 

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It will make a very big difference and it's not something you want ot do yourself unless you have a considerable amount of luthiery skills. I believe what you have are 6100's which are indeed very large. They're also my favorite frets. I think the size makes them the easiest to play. They certainly reduce the amount of finger preasure required.
 

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So, the smaller frets would make it more difficult to play? Hmmm, I thought it would be the other way around? So I guess I should leave them as is then, eh?
 

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I personally prefer 6105s myself. Taller narrower frets will also give you better intonation over time. Wider frets will give you a wider crown as the fret wears, throwing your intonation off.
 

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I personally prefer 6105s myself. Taller narrower frets will also give you better intonation over time. Wider frets will give you a wider crown as the fret wears, throwing your intonation off.
has anyone used the 6105's on a les paul style guitar? Darren this sounds like something that would really fix several of my issues with my les paul. It currently has the original "fretless wonder" frets from 1986 and aside from being a bit worn I hate THEM! For chord work and stuff the action is amazing, maybe the best of just about any guitar, but the frets are close to the fretboard that I really cant bend notes very well at all. raising the action doesnt help at all. Im hoping to sort this out and change the inlays out sometime soon as I love the tone of that particular les paul. From what ive gathered at the lespaulforum, its referred to as a studio standard, it was apparently as high end as the standard just missing trapezoid inlays. It interestingly enough has a maple neck and top underneath that nice red candy apple paint job.
 

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"easier to play" depends on the player and playing style. Overall, i don't think the big ones are any easier, though big bends are, if you like to "dig in". I like Carvin's mediums - somewhere between a 6105 and a 6150 (.048" x .103").
 

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JESTER700 said:
"easier to play" depends on the player and playing style. Overall, i don't think the big ones are any easier, though big bends are, if you like to "dig in". I like Carvin's mediums - somewhere between a 6105 and a 6150 (.048" x .103").
Im hoping its not just the les pauls scale length thats causing my bending problems Im really having HELL with it at this point it bends like pooh! Any suggestions? Maybe I should just start another thread
 

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A short Paul scale should be EASIER to bend with the same string gauge - there's less tension. But low frets make it hard to get underneath the strings - THAT could be your problem.

Fast legato runs and arpeggios (if using a light touch) shouldn't matter; you shouldn't be hitting much wood anyway, and the action makes a bigger difference. There's no reason you can't have just as low an action on lower frets - IF the fretwork is accurate.
 
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