Fingerboard radius - what's your preference?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by supar6, Feb 16, 2008.

Fingerboard radius preference - what's yours?

  1. 7.25"

  2. 9.5"

  3. 12"

  4. Anything bigger than 12" SAYWHAT???

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  1. supar6

    supar6 Member

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    I'm interested in hearing your preference for fingerboard radius. I know most likely have a few guitars with different sizes but likely have a favorite.

    For me - it's 7.25. Pair that with vintage frets and I'm in heaven!!

    I own just about every size out there and while they have a different feel I've grown quite fond of my '62 Fender American Vintage RI strat with vintage frets.

    Happy posting!
     
  2. Flyin' Brian

    Flyin' Brian Member

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    Nothing smaller than 9 1/2 or bigger than 12. Any in between is OK by me.
     
  3. re-animator

    re-animator Senior Member

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    i like the wide-flat classical type 12" boards for lead playing.... but I prefer the rounder old school fender necks for rhythm. Thank god for compound radius.
     
  4. Bill Brasky

    Bill Brasky Senior Member

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    7.25. with vintage Fender frets. I have absolutely no problem with bending or notes fretting out.
     
  5. Sean French

    Sean French Supporting Member

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    12 for a Gibson
    7.25 for a Fender
     
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    jazzandmetal? Supporting Member

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    Compound radius 10"-14" is my favorite. Anything from9.5" to 14" works for me though.
     
  8. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

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    7.25" Fender generally feels the best in my hands but, for some reason, the SRV Strat is one 12" neck that doesn't bother me. Other 12" Strat necks just drive me crazy and I dislike anything Gibson.
     
  9. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    I've been thinking of getting a nice nitro Musikraft neck to put on a 3lb 10oz highway one body I recently got for a great price on ebay. (I'm having it buffed to a gloss)

    My concern is fingerboard radius!
    I've had an EJ strat and felt the 12inch radius wasn't as friendly to me as I had hoped...too flat.
    I don't really want 7.25 all the way down the board for fear of fretting out and such.
    Since I don't really have the opportunity to try guitars with custom fingerboards...are there any hints/recommendations as to what I 'might' like based on the below options?

    7.25
    9.5
    10
    compound 7.25 - 9.5

    I don't know where I can try a compound 7.25 - 9.5 neck to see if I like it but in theory it seems both comfortable for the cowboys chords and comfortable for bends up the neck.

    Or I could just play it safe and go simply 9.5 or 10. (not compound)
     
  10. Redbell

    Redbell Member

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    12, grew up playing Les Pauls.
     
  11. tonedaddy

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    7.25 or 9.5 work equally well for me
     
  12. Dave

    Dave Member

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    Same for me.
     
  13. Pete Galati

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    I like 7-1/4"R. the best for Fender type necks. 9-1/2"R. works just fine though. I'm not a big fan of compound radius fingerboards.

    Gibson type necks are a lot flatter, and those are usually very comfortable. I think the shorter scale necks work better with flatter fingerboards.

    If I was going to get a 24-3/4" scale Fender type neck, I'd probably choose a flatter fingerboard to go with it.
     
  14. Supasso

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    Any radius between 9 - 12 inch is fine with me. Compound is the best though.
     
  15. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    7.24" and up through Gibson 12" is fine with me.
    The only flatter radius that I appreciate is on my Martin.
     
  16. digthosetubes

    digthosetubes Senior Member

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    Nocaster necks. Thin frets. 7 1/4 radius. Just beautiful. Lovely for chord work. The neck is fast and the finish, smooth.

    Deluxe American Strat neck is flatter and has larger frets. Not bad at all. I would like just a little fatter neck, though.

    Grew up playing classical guitars. Big flat thick necks. Makes the necks of all electric guitars seem small by comparison.

    Played a G&L ASAT today. The frets were as big as the rain gutters on my house. Just awful.

    What is the world coming to?
     
  17. RvChevron

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    Talk to Tommy at USACG, their stock compound radius is exactly what you're after.

    I prefer at least 12" past 10th fret.

    I'm thinking of getting a neck with 7.25-14" compound radius from USACG.
     
  18. vai777

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    I had an "early" Parker with a 10-16" which was great, but my custom Suhrs have a straight 20" and I love it. Im pretty sure I can get used to just about any radius, payed an nderson wit a 12" radius for years.
     
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    I have a 9 - 12" compound radius on my Suhr T that I really like.
     
  20. John Hurtt

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    I like a 10" - 14" radius but adjust pretty quickly to most stuff. It's one of the "advantages" to not having ultra-intricate "mad skillz"...
     

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