What guitar neck radius do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Billy Moss, May 16, 2020.

What guitar neck radius do you prefer?

  1. 7.25

    13.1%
  2. 9.5

    29.9%
  3. 12

    31.0%
  4. 16

    7.5%
  5. compound-radius 7.25-12

    3.0%
  6. compound-radius 12-16

    15.7%
  1. cap10kirk

    cap10kirk Member

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    I like 10" and 12" pretty much equally. 14" is okay too. I'm not really a fan of anything flatter than 14" or rounder than 9.5" though.
     
  2. OffsetUsername

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    Most of the guitars I own are 9.5 although I have a 12 and 14 I enjoy the same. I tend to care more about the nut width and neck shape.
     
  3. big mike

    big mike Gold Supporting Member

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    10”.
    9.5 will do fine as will 12 but 10 is perfect

    flatter causes me trouble
     
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  4. Tony Done

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    Any medium radius works for me for conventional fingerpicking, flat is OK on classic string spacing, but I only play slide on electrics, and a fairly flat radius if a big plus for that.
     
  5. Pongo

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    Realized a few years ago that the only time I even notice a guitar's fingerboard radius is if I go more than 1 size flatter or rounder (e.g. going from 16" to 9.5"). And even then, it only takes a minute or two until I get used to it; the neck itself usually feels way more different to me than the fingerboard radius.

    I think Suhr gets it right in a "best of all worlds" way with their 9-12" compound radius, but that's not an option here, sooo... I'll go for the next closet thing, and the 7.25-12"
     
  6. CrispyTone

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    The bigger the radius the wider the neck?
     
  7. MrKite89

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    It depends on what I need: between 7.25 an 20, it's fine for me... :dunno
     
  8. Whittlez

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    It's not listed as an option - I recently got a Shawn Lane signature Vigier- it has an infinite radius, iow a flat board a la a classical guitar. It's fantastic. Otoh, I also like 7.25" and every radius. Imo, radii are like fret gauge - it has to fit the guitar and playing style. I wouldn't want a "shredder" with vintage frets for example. I'm opinionated as hell, but on the topic of FB radius AND frets (and for that matter, neck shape and width etc.) I don't have a favorite nor do I think there is a "best"

    Different measurements of all of the above encourage and inspire a different "feel" and play style and imo it would SUCK if my guitars all had the same radius.
     
  9. captaincoconut

    captaincoconut Member

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    I don't care. I don't even know what radius my guitars have...
     
  10. Sneerim

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    My ideal is 12-16” compound, but I’m fine with anything 12” or flatter. Only thing I absolutely can’t get comfy with is 7.25”.
     
  11. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Silver Supporting Member

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    Currently I'm really liking the compound radius 9.5-12 neck on my Fender American Elite Stratocaster.

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  12. krik

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    Same here, on my Carvin Holdsworth. I voted 16" because it's my favorite of the options listed, but I prefer 20" if given a choice.
     
  13. djp141

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    9.5" for Fenders, 12" for Gibsons.
     
  14. macrossgeorge

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    I am going with 9.5 too because my main guitar has that and it feels so comfortable in my hands. Although my second favorite guitar has a 7.25 radius.

    I had thought i would like a 12 - 14 radius and tried it but it actually hurts my fingers.
     
  15. sahhas

    sahhas Member

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    My favorite guitar is flat.
    Allan Holdsworth preferred a 20” radius
     
  16. Jspam

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    13 3/4 is what the Yamaha Revstar are at. This feels pretty good to me, although I'm sure 14 would as well.
     
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  18. WIshbones

    WIshbones Supporting Member

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    Bigger radius = flatter
     
  19. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    I like a compound radius on F-style instruments. I haven’t tried compound radius on G-style instruments.
     
  20. CaliCaveMan

    CaliCaveMan Silver Supporting Member

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    This is a tuff question really for me. I have a some 9-12, 10-14, and 16, but I can’t decide really if one is much better than another. I don’t mind any of them really.
     

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