1 Windsordave 4 years ago We see comments sprinkled throughout many threads regarding fret style/height in reference to various issues but no one has asked why you like/need a certain style/height of fret so I thought I'd solicit preferences you have so we all can better understand this interesting and highly personal topic. Also related to this, are the factors of string gauge and action height and I don't know if that's a big factor for some or not really an issue for them.In my case, I play Chet/Merle's finger/thumbstyle - thumbpick and fingernails - with extra lights on my acoustics and lights on my electrics. Those of you familiar with this style, know that your playing is a combination of utilizing both fretted notes and open strings simultaneously. The issue here for me, and I use a strong grip on the neck, is that if the fret is more than .035" high, the fretted string cannot 'hit' the fingerboard without being pulled/stretched far enough to become sharp and that creates an out of tune dissonance with a simultaneously (or plucked while the fretted string is still resonating) open string. I can certainly see where this situation isn't so much created for rhythm work strumming but is a big deal for my style. In addition to needing low as possible fret height I need a matching low action as well as I can't play properly if my fretting requires more 'time' of a higher action. By this I mean the time between when I touch a string and it gets depressed enough to be played. This 'time' is quite a bit more for a high action than it is for a low action. I'd actually be curious to try out a fretless guitar to see how that would feel. Frets would be there but just level with the fingerboard. I'm wondering if we'll see any patterns of similarity of preferences based on playing style.