Classic, or at least classic styled basses with 21 or more frets?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DuluthDank, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. I like passive, classic looking instruments. But I've been running into instances here and there were i'd really like to be able to hit a high E on the G string, and only own a 20 fret Fender PJ special. My second choice would have been Lakland, but most of their retro-sytled models seem to be 20 frets as well. Suggestions?

    As a personal editorial: 21 frets seems to be a magic number to me, seeing how guitar focused music is so often in the key of E or A, and the high E would be a chord tone in both keys. Fender deviated from classic designs adding easier truss rod adjustment at the heel and string-through design on their american standard line...I'd vote for adding 21 frets as well.
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    What's your budget?

    Sadowsky and Lull both make 24 fret FSO* basses.

    *Fender Shaped Objects
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  3. Thanks, for the info. My general goal is to spend no more than a grand, and I like to buy used.
  4. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

    21 frets & 22 frets


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    22 left 21 right
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  5. If you want a Sadowsky, you could save some money by looking into the MIJ MetroExpress series. They're more affordable than a US Sadowsky and they've been getting some very good reviews.
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  6. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Active with a passive switch.
    Fully passive.
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  8. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Those are by Dean
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  9. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

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  10. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    IIRC the older Fender Deluxe's ( jazzes and depending on year, p/j or p/humbucker) were 21 or 22 frets. They should be able to be found in or a little above your budget.
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  11. Richie Se7en

    Richie Se7en Presently distractivated

    Jan 11, 2015
    Shadow of South Philly
    This is correct. I have a 1996 Fender Deluxe P with the P/J pup configuration and 22 frets. It's the first bass I bought when I decided to learn to play after 2 failed attempts over 25 years prior.

    I dont play it much anymore, but it's a solid player with many sound options. If you can find one, AHC is correct about the approximate $1000. price point.

    Good luck!
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