Fretboard Radius question...

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Shadow Puppets, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. Shadow Puppets

    Shadow Puppets Member

    Messages:
    565
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2013
    Location:
    A Village in England
    If you had two Fender strats lined up next to each other. Both have:

    - Quartersawn maple neck
    - Round laminated rosewood fretboard
    - Mid 60s oval "C" shape

    But one has 9.5" radius and the other has 10" radius...

    Would there be any noticeable difference?
     
  2. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

    Messages:
    19,844
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2010
    Location:
    Stabekk, Norway
    0.5" would be hardly noticeable.
     
  3. Shadow Puppets

    Shadow Puppets Member

    Messages:
    565
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2013
    Location:
    A Village in England
  4. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    4,819
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2006
    this is the difference between a 7.25 and a 9.5 .. you can imagine how insignificant the difference between a 9.5 sand a 10 would be.

    Ron Kirn

    [​IMG]
     
  5. J.E.M.

    J.E.M. Member

    Messages:
    18
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2012
    The difference in height between a 9.5" and a 10" radius (at the wide end of the board) is .003156 inches.
     
  6. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

    Messages:
    15,473
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Compared to flat sawn, quarter sawn necks tend to have a "harder" sound to them and the strings tend to feel tighter. Just something you may want to consider before purchase. As far as radius goes, believe your hands over the numbers. Sometimes a worn fretboard cutter will conflict with the numbers. Good luck.
     
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2015
  7. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    18,469
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Location:
    Bethany, OK
    Might be a tiny difference with extremely low action doing multi-step bends above the 15th fret.
     
  8. brandass

    brandass Member

    Messages:
    102
    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2009
    Amazing that the pictured difference is easily felt. As you said, though, really doubt 9.5 vs 10 is noticeable.
     
  9. straycat113

    straycat113 Member

    Messages:
    2,933
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2009
    If handed both in a blindfolded Pepsi challenge I believe I would think they were both the same radius. Also the 9-1/2 could just as easily be a better feeling and playing neck, but in all reality too miniscule a difference.
     
  10. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    4,819
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2006
    this is a 10 sitting on a 12 inch radius neck... damn near can't see any difference..

    oh, and as a reference... the .003156 inches. cited above, is the thickness of one sheet of the paper sitting in your printer...

    Ron Kirn

    [​IMG]
     
  11. frankencat

    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    11,595
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2004
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    It depends on what you mean by noticeable. I definitely notice the difference between 7.25 and 9.5" and I am not a big fan of 7.25" radius personally. 9'5 is good and then I am fine with anything up to about 14". After that it messes with my playing a little.

    BTW, Mr. Kirn, aren't you supposed to be working on a certain someone's guitar?..... ;)
     
  12. XKnight

    XKnight Member

    Messages:
    11,095
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2007
    Location:
    Republic of Texas
    This is TGP so there is a noticeable difference, even blindfolded.
     
  13. Doctor Morbius

    Doctor Morbius Member

    Messages:
    1,720
    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2009
    Location:
    Indianapolis
    ... and the difference in tone is amazeballs! :D
     
  14. jzgtrguy

    jzgtrguy Member

    Messages:
    6,049
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
    As small as those differences are I can definitely feel the difference between a 10 and 12 inch radius. I can feel it under my fingers. I can feel it in the set up differences to get a 10 radius not to choke out when bending. You can set up the flatter radius with a lower action with out it choking out.
     
  15. Eagle1

    Eagle1 Member

    Messages:
    8,678
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2007
    Location:
    The Twilight Zone
    If those differences are so small do you're self a favour and go 12 or flatter.
     

Share This Page