What were the neck radii of pre CBS Strats?

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  1. Cuthbert

    Cuthbert Member

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    How much did strats or teles vary from beginning until '65?
    I know 7.25 is a vintage radius. Were they exact or did they vary? Did they ever get up to 12"?
     
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    7.25" was most common.
     
  3. Guitarworks

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  4. Cuthbert

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    And that was consistent throughout Leo's tenure?
     
  5. bluesky636

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    According to "The Blackguard Book", the neck radius on Blackguard Teles varied between 7.25" and 9.5".
     
  6. Ron Kirn

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    yep... remember they were made by hand... with the most elementary tools.... they could fall anywhere between the two radii mentioned..

    Ron Kirn
     
  7. Inra311

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    Ron, what elementary tools are you thinking of? I know the method with a radius block, does not the block determine the radius rather precisely?
     
  8. StratStringSlinger

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    That's a good point, people have been making string and fretted instruments for a hundred of years/many decades before Fender started making guitars.
     
  9. Ron Kirn

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    Today the radii are cut with computer controlled shapers, thus, say a 9.5, is a 9.5 on every neck... back in the golden era they used various methods, including a radius block, but since sandpaper wore differently in different areas of the contact area, a 9.5 may be a 9 on one side of the fingerboard and a 9.5 on the other... the difference being less than one thousandth of an inch... darn near impossible to measure even today..

    even the technique and where the pressure was applied could create a asymmetrical anomaly...

    rk
     
  10. HP Hovercraft

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    As people said, they varied. But on paper they were 7.25" up until the '80s.
     
  11. bluesky636

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    Thw only thing that matters is what they were/are, not what a piece of paper said they were supposed to be.
     

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