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24 Fret Precision - Blasphemy or Genius?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by superfunk47, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. It's genius! It must be done, posthaste!

    143 vote(s)
  2. It's blasphemy! May its life be filled with misery and woe!

    56 vote(s)
  3. Bacon, not polls, may satisfy my hunger!

    138 vote(s)
  1. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    Decide! :)
  2. adamrobertt

    adamrobertt Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    Kingston, New York
  3. PBass101


    Jul 3, 2008
    Do you realize how short the lower cutaway would have to be to even be able to reach the 24th fret comfortably? I wouldn't even look like a Precision.

    And bacon is delicious.
  4. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    I said Blasphemy, not because I particularly care about "Tradition" but because, like adamrobertt said, it's "Unnecessary". If you have a group where you can tastefully use 24 frets, you probably won't play a P.....
    Not to say it couldn't be done, you just wouldn't sell very many.


    Feb 3, 2009
    22 at most tbh, I would look elsewhere if I wanted a 24 fretter.
  6. Yeah I'm a traditionalist. Heck I could get by with 15 to be honest... But 20 is what's standard, so... :D
  7. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
  8. thombo

    thombo Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2006
    Denver, CO
    i think it should be 24 frets. imho, the only reason that any bass should be less than 24 frets, is for people who like to slap on shorter fingerboards- though it can be done, P-basses aren't typically slappers.
  9. Hmm - now I have to wonder if my P bass has 22 or 24 frets. Hmmm. My Jazz has 22 frets, and I have another Fender bass with 24...

    Honestly, I *rarely* use the 24th fret on a bass - and when I do, I just use it "in theory". When playing a song in the key of G, I like to sometimes fret the 12th fret D & G strings, but then play the harmonics at the 24th fret (right hand thumb over 24th fret, pluck with fingers). I don't actually need the bass to have 24 frets to do that, as long as I know where the 24th fret would be.

    So that said, I vote "no" for 24 frets on a P bass! :D
  10. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    If you're going with a P, GENERALLY you are going for a traditional sound. Not that a 24 fret bass couldn't be traditional, but I think you'd be looking at something else for that requirement.
  11. honestjohnny


    Nov 24, 2006
    Had one. It was awesome.
  12. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    I don't see a need for 24 frets, but whatever floats your boat.
  13. sean.1986


    Feb 24, 2009
    Essex, England
    Adding four notes to the higher end of a low-end instrument doesn't really interest me, but if I saw a cool 24-fret that I liked and had the money, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it.
  14. RTL

    RTL House Chicken Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leander, TX
    God, I love me some bacon. It goes with EVERYTHING!
  15. Deluge Of Sound

    Deluge Of Sound Banned

    Nov 8, 2007
  16. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    I know, bacon is gross. Carrots ftw.
  17. There ain't no money above the 5th fret.
  18. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Thats just not true.

    I keep a rolled up dollar bill at the 24th, under the strings, as a mute.......:ninja:
  19. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    I'd love a 24 fret P with good upper-register access. It was a tough call, though. Bacon is magnificent.
  20. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    24 frets on a P should be mandatory. It needs it much more than a Jazz.
    My bass is pretty much a P with 24 frets.

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