Would you choose a 22 fret guitar as your main 7?

CanserDYI

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Maybe someone could invent a device to add 2 frets overhanging neck pickup
This would be kind of cool...

I'm imagining a wire frame that clicks over the neck pup letting it peek through, and has a few floating frets and no board, ultimate scallop lol
 

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I would.
I really like the sound of a neck pickup on a 22 fret guitar. I find I can tell quite a difference with the neck pickup being a little further forward. Don't know if it might also have something to do with it sitting right under that second octave too.
 

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Man, when we talk about long scale lengths here, 22 feet is BARITONE.
Dig my gravity wave drops, dude!

Typo fixed. :lol:

Also, ALL of my 7s are 22 frets. I so seldom use frets above that I own exactly one 24 fret guitar.
 

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I use them but even more so I've noticed that it changes the hand's relationship with the neck joint and the muscle memory of playing up there. Go from whatever you're normally comfortable on (22 or 24) and then to the opposite and you'll probably see what I mean but can't find the words to describe atm.
 

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I would not influence me at all. In general, I have owned 7 string guitars with 24 frets. But as I have become a better player it matters not to me.

If had music to play that required lots of very high notes in the piece, perhaps I would opt for 24 frets. But to hit a high note or big bend up there, tap up there...I can usually find a work around in a pinch.
 

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From 2001 through 2007 or 2008 my only 7 string was an Ibanez S7420FMT (22 frets). Then I added an Ibanez 540S7 (also 22 frets) in 2007 or 2008 and those were my only 7 strings until 2019 when I bought a 7 string Jackson Soloist (24 frets). So for me, 22 frets isn’t an issue as I can find workarounds if i need higher notes (bends, harmonics, playing notes off of the neck pickup, etc.).

Having said that, I do prefer a 24 fret neck through guitar, but others builds are cool, too.
 

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I'm much more concerned with the scale length. I am by far an expert but feel like 7s need to be 26.5" or longer
 

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Nearly bought an Ibanez FTM33 in 2020 but decided against it for this very reason. On the other end I've got an 8 with 28 frets but the top few aren't really useful for anything musical esp with the poor upper fret access. Sticking with 24 now
 

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Some time around 2013 i‘ve had a s7320, mostly played at A standard and drop A. At first i didn’t really bother the 22 frets, than it started to feel a bit weird everytime i grab it after playing my 24 fret 7’s. Especially while playing a riff above the 12th fret, my left hand positioning wasn’t feeling the same. Like, i was strugling to fit my hand on the fretboard and pushing my wrist so unnaturally to avoid hitting the lower horn.

Eventually, sold it and never lurked for a 22 fret 7 after that.

BTW my hands are shovel sized. So, yeh it was me more than the frets i guess.
 

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I could never. I play in the higher positions all the time.
 

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24 frets is a must for me. even more so on a 7 with a (presumably) longer scale where 12-24 fret area is more spacious :) so it's easier to shhhhreeeeedddd
 

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I rarely go above the 21st fret so it wouldn't be a problem. That said, 7's rarely are shorter than 25.5" so I don't know why you wouldn't have all 24 frets aside from a deliberate aesthetic decision. Not like we play extended range chasing that 21 fret vintage neck toan
 

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thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I wonder if people who tune lower generally prefer 24 so that all high notes “fit”. Thanks again.
 

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Here is a solution
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I think it may fail to intonate but something better can be designed for sure.
 

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Honestly couldn't care less about the last 2 frets on a 24. Realistically it's only useful for the 3 high strings and completely unusable from a tone standpoint for me on the lower strings.
Yeah, but for some reason some people just can't live without those 2 notes :nuts:
 
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