Neck radius preferences...

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Justin226, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. Justin226

    Justin226 Strat-Talker

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    Hey guys,

    just let go of my 70’s reissue, which was the first I ever played with the 7.25 radius. Liked the rounded fretboard for a lot of reasons, but Definitely wasn’t ideal for bends. I only had it for a week, so I probably would’ve figured out the tricks over time.

    the new guitar I picked up is the classic player 60’s. This one has a 12” radius, and bends are much easier...but again, I’ll have to get used to it. Found it weird that they went 12”, because my best guess would be that they weren’t 12” in the 60’s.

    anyway, what do you guys prefer?

    one of my favorite quotes ever on this board was about Muddy Waters and Buddy guy. The poster talked about how we obsess over these things, while those guys probably never gave them a thought. And Buddy can BEND.
     
  2. Guitarmageddon

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    There is no such thing as a 'neck radius' - it's a fretboard radius :)

    my preference is 12" - for feel, but not ease of bending or anything, I don't find any radius harder or easier to bend, I just know how to setup a guitar really well....

    A Classic Player 60s is not a vintage style instrument, it's a modern style with some vintage-ish looks, that's why it's 12" radius and larger than vintage frets....
     
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    And I do not think 60's models had two point trémolos . I prefer 7.25. No problem with bends when level and everything is correctly :)
     
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    I prefer 7.25" with small frets. As far as I will go is 12". I start getting beyond that and it begins to hinder my playing.
     
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  5. Justin226

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    Mageddon, give me a break, my brain has been working all day!

    T’was an amalgamation of neck profile and fretboard radius ;)
     
  6. Justin226

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    Yup, the frets were the first thing I noticed. Also, I actually found the 70’s vintage tuners a little easier than these, but...it’s a great guitar and I’ll get used to it!
     
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    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    Given that I prefer my action on the low side a 9"-12" radius works best for me and I have a few of each along with one 9".
     
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    The 7.25 radius would be great for bends, if you use a little higher action.
     
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    train Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Compound 12-16, rhythm 7.25. But I don’t care . It’s way down the list for an old chicken picker .
     
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    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Silver Member

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    I think three of mine have 12” (Gibson LP, Epiphone Century and Carvin DC200) maybe my acoustics too.

    My Fender Road Worn 50s Strat is 7.25”, otherwise the rest are 9.5”.

    I like them all fine...



     
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    Compound radius, 10” to 16” for me.
     
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    After playing 9 1/2" radius forever, I switched back to 7 1/4" for the first time in over 25 years a few years ago. For my Strats, I prefer that but can play any of them just fine. Interestingly, I'm ok with my Gretches with 12" radius and vintage frets and my RevStar and LP with bigger frets on flat fretboards.

    But ultimately, it's about getting the most out of the gear in your hands, not stressing over specs.
     
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    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have a few strats with different radius’s and fret sizes. I know zero about specs, I go by how it feels and plays and if it feels & sounds good it came home.
     
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    I like barre chords. Barre chords are much easier on a 7.25" radius than anything over 12" for me.
     
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    I don't know that I prefer a 7.25, but I wanted a 1954 reissue, and it plays great.
     
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    All my guitars have a 12” radius except for my Strat and Tele which have 9.5”. I know the 9.5” should be easier for fretting but honestly I don’t feel a big difference. No preference here.
     
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    Just can’t ever get comfortable with high action...need it super low.
     
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    9.5" and medium jumbo is my sweetspot. Chording on 7. 25 is a dream though.
     
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  19. Guitarmageddon

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    All that's going to do is seriously impede your playing, have less sustain, and rob you of speed over time.....

    1.8 or so is usually optimum, in MM

    lower sounds garbage to me even on 12" or flatter fretboard radius.....

    I use 1.95mm action height on all 6 strings.....and I can play faster, more accurately, and better than with low action.....

    What is your skill/playing level at?
     
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    12” radius, medium Jumbo frets are my favorite. That is one reason I love my Eric Johnson Strat. It starts with a Soft V then moves to a full C up the neck, has a 12” radius fingerboard, med jumbo frets, and a nitro finish.....

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