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What basses have smaller frets?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RandomEvent, Jan 6, 2008.


  1. RandomEvent

    RandomEvent

    Nov 10, 2007
    I'm just curious. Until I have money to get a custom Warwick with a 32 or 30 inch scale, I'd like to try a bass with smaller frets just to see if I like how it feels.
     
  2. Hobobob74

    Hobobob74

    May 21, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    the Fender '51 reissue that i played and small, "vintage" frets
     
  3. My fretted Elrick has very small frets. Feels great.
     
  4. MyUsernameHere

    MyUsernameHere ?????????????

    Nov 3, 2007
    Lexington KY
    Lakland
     
  5. pjmuck

    pjmuck

    Feb 8, 2006
    New Joisey
    Ricks do.
     
  6. gloveskates

    gloveskates

    Oct 2, 2007
    ashtons often have smaller frets lol. Terrible basses in general but smaller frets :D
     
  7. Axeman20

    Axeman20

    Feb 8, 2007
    My Ibanez SR900 has smaller frets which works for me cause of my small hands
     
  8. Smallmouth_Bass

    Smallmouth_Bass

    Dec 29, 2005
    Canada
    Dingwalls (banjo sized).
     
  9. UncleBalsamic

    UncleBalsamic

    Jul 8, 2007
    UK
    Yeah Dingwalls have small frets. Apart from the banjo frets, the more expensive models can have mandolin frets; which I think are smaller still.
     
  10. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    You are correct. The Banjo frets are standard on all Dingwall models, but you can request mando frets on Z's and Primas.
     
  11. Another vote for the Fender 51ri Precision (or the Sting sig).
     
  12. Ralphdaddy

    Ralphdaddy Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Chicago, Illinois
    The Lakland Daryl Jones bass has small frets as well as a thin neck. Very fast playing bass with low action.
     
  13. Got to give it to Dingwall, those banjo frets are tiny. I imagine the mando frets would be crazy small, but good luck finding someone willing to turn loose of a Z or Prima with them (or just in general).
     
  14. svtb15

    svtb15 Inactive

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig. Q+
    I have my Alleva Coppolos made with basically Mandolin wire.. its small fretwire..
     
  15. bassnug47

    bassnug47

    Oct 7, 2007
    Birmingham AL
    life is good, Dead is better
    if your gonna make the frets small, why not just go fretless?
     
  16. one of the reasons why i bought the dingwall. small frets rule
    ~gR~
     
  17. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    Both the Fender '51 P RI and the Classic '50s P have small frets. I have one of each, and love 'em. My other two basses are fretless.
     
  18. fullrangebass

    fullrangebass

    May 7, 2005
    Europe
    I've got Dingwalls with banjo and mando sized frets. And on one Dingwall (Villex loaded Dingwall) I've got normal size fret wire
     
  19. gjooro

    gjooro

    Mar 27, 2006
    Croatia
    Hmm, you can re-fret any bass you want right?
    What's about the small frets, banjo and even mandolin size? Is it better, how does it feel?
     
  20. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    yup
     
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