This is NOT Let's Talk Fender so no wonder I am confused.Fender uses the term "vintage" to describe those narrow frets. I think they were used on the original Mustang Basses and for sure on some of the later re-issues thereof. That's where I picked it up.
My 1970 has "jumbo" frets and I really dig them (figuratively speaking). I honestly never took note of the fret size on it until I got the sunburst 1967 SFB-I last year and realized the thin "vintage" frets on it. May have been a matter of what-I'm-used-to but I realized I greatly prefer the jumbos.
Anybody know what would have been stock in 1970? Maybe mine was refretted along the way, but if so, I'm glad it was. Fret size, like fretboard radius, was just never something I paid mind to. I dont think any common radius or fretsize would make an instrument uncomfortable for me, but I've realized I do have slight preferences
I have heard this too, but I've never had intonation issues with my jumbo frets. I did have to move my harp bridge forward slightly to get the E string intonated properly, but that's the classic harp bridge issue, due to the design itself. Ever since though, spot on intonationOnly thing I heard was skinnier frets give more accurate intonation. But I don’t think I ever noticed diffs in feel.
My preference for wide frets probably stems from years of guitar playing where wide frets are nice for string bending. Though I don't do much string bending on bass (mine are all string with pretty stiff flats), the wide frets still just "feel right" to me.Only thing I heard was skinnier frets give more accurate intonation. But I don’t think I ever noticed diffs in feel.
Slots?What's with the slots in the pick-up covers? They don't allow adjustment so what is their purpose? They look like crap!
Many pickups are like that....since it has the big block cutout for the pole pieces instead of total coverage with just individual pole piece holes.