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I am having 2 guitars built by Scott Heatley. I am at the stage where he is asking about specific neck details.I have a problem [lack of knowledge] concerning straight radius versus compound radius.Pros and cons.I have always played production guitars with straight radius.So far I play 12 radius,I was thinking of a 10-12 radius.Your thoughts gentlemen, most appreciated.
I prefer a straight 12" radius. Compound radius can be cool, but it more difficult to get right. I suppose a Plek could get it perfect fret to fret. To me it makes the most sense when you begin at 7" and go to say 10 or 12 on the top end to avoid chocking out issues while maintaining the country chord feel at the neck. Warmoth has a lot of info on their website about this issue.
01-28-2007, 02:04 PM
I have one of the Warmoth 10-16 radius, plays amazingly easy...very difficult to tell the difference...but it does play so easy...I guess it is one of my favorites....
01-28-2007, 02:43 PM
I don't know why, since so many love those real flat radiuses, but I just don't like them as soon as I pick one up. To me, they feel very non-Fender for some reason. I've never checked out a compound radius, but for me, I'd want a vintage radius at the nut, and maybe a little flatter above the 12th fret.
01-28-2007, 05:33 PM
I was talkint to Warmoth last week about offering a 7.25" - 12" radius. the guy I talked to thought it was an interesting idea, but he may just have been humoring me.
Lovin the help. Thanks to all who help.
01-28-2007, 07:14 PM
The Warmoth "Pro" with compound radius is very nice to play. Pretty close to vintage size at the nut. It is very nice to move up to the higher frets and have room for your fingers to work.
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