Just a note on frets. As I mentioned on other pages I have an opposite opinion then other guitarists and even some luthiers regarding fret height. Briefly (if you are a younger player) back in the 1980's rock started to lean toward heavy metal (or heavier metal) often re-fret to Long hair rock etc. Guitar lead styles actually drastically changed from the slower styles of Eric Clapton, Don Felder (eagles) Carlos Santana and even Stevie Ray Vaughn. These players, weather it was a Texas blues style or Latin rock , forgot to mention another favorite of mine Pink Floyd's David Gilmore. You can still go to Youtube and find comments like Guitar God etc. It was a slower style, more string bending, triplets, hammer-ons, slides, plus lots of effects, Well I shouldn't say that. Big difference in effects between Gilmores Whammy box and Stevie's Deluxe reverb cranked to 10.
Then in the 80s Shred came along. And different players created new custom guitar and neck preference.
Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, (also had scalloped frets) Joe Satriani are 3 of the most popular.
With their guitars , frets got taller and some wider, Believe it or not necks got a lot thinner, and some guitars had wood removed between frets called scallops. The idea behind this was included in their fiery speed, when they fretted a note, they touched the string behind any fret just enough to actually shorten the string and fret the note. But never ever pushed the string down to the wood on the fret board.
Ok so this is where I get my opinion from. I was born i 1955 so my guitar training, (self taught by playing records over and over and over lol when I was very young.) included listening to Mark Farner of Grand Funk, Carlos Santana, Then toward the middle of my HS years Don Felder came along (eagles) He was never blazing fast but in almost 100 percent of the Eagle's songs his leads were each so individual of each other and colorful. In other words, There are great guitarists that I am a fan of but in many of their songs, you hear certain riffs over and over. Mark Farner's triplet on the E and B strings Carlos had certain bends in almost all of his songs and one of my favorites, Stevie Ray had at least 5 different riffs that were in 90 percent of his songs. I could listen to any of these guys and in just a couple of notes I could tell who was playing. But Don Felder, he was (is) a master! Always ticked me off that eagles broke up because Do wasn't an activist like Glenn Frey and Don Henley. If you didn't watch the history of the Eagles, around 1980 Glen Frey had the Eagles doing benefits and they were very political. (if your breathing right now you know our country is split severely down the middle) and Don Felder just wanted to play the music and be a business. Free concerts by bands like the Eagles gives up hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Below I have some links just for fun. About 2 minutes into Too Many Hands listen to that lead. Not super fast, full of melody, clear harmonics I've listened so many times and it never bores me. Hotel California, same thing, Tons of parts, Joe walsh and Don meshed like two perfectly oiled gears.
Reason I drag on about this is because I've listened to more than a few players that I thought could play nice melodic rock think they sucked because they couldn't shred. Hell I've been playing since 1964 and I cant shred.Oh, I can do a little of it but honestly it never really interested me. "Probably not drinkin enough" Don Henley .
Point is, if your neck has shreddin frets, (tall) and you don't know how to use them or play that style, but you got a guitar with big frets because someone told you, that's the best, you were misguided. Most of us players let the tips of our fretting fingers hit the fingerboard. If you have a scalloped finger board or tall frets and you do that... Your notes will always go sharp. Very noticeably sharp. I've had guys bring me guitars saying "they don't know what the matter is. The guitar is tuned, Neck is fairly straight, they did the intonation, nut is right. But they cant tune it. Or rather they tune the guitar dead on but play a bar A chord at the 5th fret. And it never sounds right. Duh! I honestly couldn't tell you how to play a scalloped neck and I tried tall frets once went back to my little short ones.
Just watch and listen to Don Felder and Joe Walsh interact.
Joe Walsh was a better showman than Felder, But Felder is a Master of the fret board AND his vocabulary of riffs is so large, you just wont hear repetition , You always hear fresh!
Click here for BELLA Live in 1986. Embedding denied on this for some reason. Oh and then we got Satch below, Pretty good stuff! Weird, someone like my parents would never hear the diference but we do tend to stick to the music we grew up with! I do like this Made of Tears. Not sure how long I could listen though. You know Im getin kinda old now :)
I guess to the right is kind of cold and tasteless to me.Some thngs are cool but this old man coud listen for too long without needing something to relax me!
Yeh, been listenng three minutes.... Kinda makes me want to run as fast as I can in front of a high speed train to see if I could beat it. Like when does the song start.... or is this the end? :/ Nah I dont get high anymore. Not fun. Nice amps.
Still watchin... Looks like a comercial laundry mat with all those washing machines ... er oh thse are all amps wow!!! Gotta be some rubber plugs under that knit hat of his or blood would be gushing from hiss ears!!! Gotta be loud!!!
Stil wondering when they wil start playing .... Rockin the free world? So much feed BAAAAAACK!Oh Even his harmonica is so frigggging loud!!!Oh and this is a SUPER long gotta be 2 or 3 hours. Sombody is gonna getbhurt!! just know it! Ah second song was short . Ok well enough for me,,, You all enjoy!! This playing you would want the tall frets and or scalloped finger boards.
Not for me.
Thanks for looking.
OK Ths one is not near as loud. I thoughtb itbwas Leslie West from Mountain But no Mississippi Queen Here! Here is Ynhgwie Malmsteen doing some kind of Opera. I men the guy is darn good. Much Much #Muches better than me! Even if I had a bunch of stopm boxes with full feed back delays and 4 other guitarists playing along, he's still ot me beat! Ill admit it!
Does look like Leslie West doesnt he? I thoughtb the guy was skinny because he played so fast! Oh there it goes!! Now she's loud, Put down the acoustic and picked up a scalloped strat. Oh and he can spin the guitar around his neck. Obviously ths is my first time so forgive me!! Really, He's stealing Jimmies act by playing with his chompers!!
I do like Eric Johnson Cliffs of Dover. Hope I didn't offend anyone. Yeah the last guy, forget trying to spell, he knows his finger board. But when the song drones on and on and on and my head hurts. I guess you have to be condition as a kid for this! Oh well!
Same song, just a decade or two later! The Strat is gone, gotta SG. Ha and then after that, ( I guess I would feel awful. Eric does this Epic arangement, just floors people with it! Did me, then a bit latter a very talented lassie completely and effortlessly clones the whole show song! Yeah! Kids Huh! Sorry Eric !