FB Radius 9.5" vs. 12"

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by SKYHIGH, Feb 3, 2012.

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

  1. 7.5 (7.25)"

  2. 9.5"

  3. 12"

  4. 14" or higher

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  1. SKYHIGH

    SKYHIGH Member

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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???
     
  2. street

    street Member

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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".
     
  3. djg714

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

    cosmic_ape Supporting Member

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    9.5 and 12 are great. I'm learning to love the 10" radius on my PRS, though...
     
  5. 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".
     
  6. Billygibson

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    I like my 9.5" Tele and I like my 12" OP.
     
  7. 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!
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. buddastrat

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    Not too picky, anything up to 12" works. I probably prefer 9.5"
     
  10. 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.
     
  11. rawkguitarist

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    I prefer 10 if it's a straight radius, 10 - 12 if it's conical.
     
  12. Copper_Head

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    14" or 16" straight for me.
    Players Strats w/12" are ok.
     
  13. 3 Mile Stone

    3 Mile Stone Silver Supporting Member

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    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.
     
  14. 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.
     
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    I think I prefer 10. But 12 may give a slightly faster action with a lessened probability of fret buzz.
     
  17. bluesjuke

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    I like the 12" on my Gibsons but prefer the 9.5" on Fenders.
     
  18. 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
     
  19. DRS

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    I clicked 12 but my strat has 10-14 compound and that is the bee's knees.
     
  20. 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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