FB Radius 9.5" vs. 12"

Whenever given a chance, I would always opt for my Fingerboard radius to be ???

  • 7.5 (7.25)"

  • 9.5"

  • 12"

  • 14" or higher


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SKYHIGH

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On a Fender type of guitars...be it Tele, Strat, J.Master, etc,

Anyone else prefer the 12" over 9.5" fingerboard radius???
 

street

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For me, yes surprisingly.
I typically like 7.25 on Fenders.

I have a Classic Player 60's strat and a HWY 1 texas tele, both with 12" rad and both play great.
Loved the feel on the necks and was surprised to find out after buying they were 12".
 

djg714

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Believe it or not I like the 9.5. Not real problem with 12, but wouldn't chase it.
 

cosmic_ape

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9.5 and 12 are great. I'm learning to love the 10" radius on my PRS, though...
 

JUSTJOB

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Yes, I do prefer the 12" radius over the 9.5". I don't mind the 9.5", but given the choice I'd choose the 12".
 

zorak

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My PRS is a 10, my Zion is a 12. Just bought a Strat Plus and it is a 9.5. I think anything in that range is good for me!
 

billyguitar

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The flatter the better for me. When I bend a step or more I don't want to hear any zing. I want as little change to the sound of the note as possible. I don't really care if it changes sound some except that it always kind of startles me and pulls me out of the moment.
I know some guys say even a 7.25 can do that but I've had two necks from Scott Lentz, a 9'5" and a 12", and they both do it. I doubt anyone really builds a better guitar than Scott so I accept what my ears tell me.
 

tapeworm

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I used to use only 9.5....before I tried the CP 60's Strat and that changed everything...12" radius from now on whenever possible.
 

3 Mile Stone

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14" or 16" straight for me.
Players Strats w/12" are ok.

I Love the Deluxe Player necks. I have a black Strat that I put one on and I'm working on a second. That 12" just feels so much better on the low strings to me. 9.5 always has a buzz going on. So it's either accept the buzz or set the action too high on the E string and I don't care for that much. Other than that I find the 9.5 very playable.
 

groovington

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Most I've played with are either 9.5" or 12" and I think 9.5 is more comfortable, but I don't like when bending a note up a min or maj 3rd frets out with the 9.5" so I guess I go for the 12 inch radius.

I played one of those 9.5-14" compound radius necks Fender is using on the more expensive Am. Strats, and I would love to be able to put one of them on my Strat, although I have grown attached to my own strat's neck at the same time.
 

bluesmann8

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Yep! i'm a 12" or flatter.


With all the strat guitars that fender makes , why in heck don't they make a short scale with a 12" radius? ANSWER ME FENDER! AND why? put the neck ajustment at the heal of the neck?
sell me a guitar Fender:hiP:mob:hiP Please.:horse:hide2:tapedshut
 

DRS

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I clicked 12 but my strat has 10-14 compound and that is the bee's knees.
 

waygorked

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Totally compound. My 10-16" Warmoth plays better than any of my Fenders, Gibsons, or my PRS.

Isn't the Fender Eric Johnson neck compound?
 




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