1950's Gibson Fretboard Radius?

Muttlyboy

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I recently read somewhere that the Gibsons in the 1950's (or at least some of them) had 10" radius on the Fretboards.

Is that correct?

When did they change to the flatter 12" radius?
 

Highnumbers

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The oldest Gibson I have is a '56 ES-295, and I have a number of '60-65 models, plus a 2009 Custom Shop Gibson.

The fretboard radius feels identical on all of them. I've never measured the radius (didn't need to before), but if there is a difference, it's not noticeable.
 

Muttlyboy

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Thanks for the reply. I'm going to see about checking out a couple of my friends guitars this weekend with the Stew-mac radius gauges as well.

The 50s Gibson 10" radius isn't widely known about for some reason...its almost like a secret.
 

sws1

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What most people don't know is that the radius of the ABR is not the same as the radius of the neck. This is why the middle strings are closer to the frets than the outer strings.
 




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