Neck radius preferences...

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

  1. EC Strat

    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    9.5” for me. My semi hollow is a 12” and I really have to adjust to it when I first pick it up
     
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  2. Bladesg

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    I have guitars with varying radiuses between 7.25 to 12" and I can't say I have preference for any in particular.
     
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  3. Thrup'ny Bit

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    I've been playing guitars with 7¼" radius since the 1970s, no problems bending and the action is no higher than on modern 9½" necks.
     
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    Anywhere from 9.5 to 12. My Martin is my best player of the bunch though, and correct me if I’m wrong, but that is 16. So I guess I don’t care a lot.
     
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    chicago slim Senior Stratmaster

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    My preference is a 9.5" radius. I also like the 7.25", but I don't like the V shaped necks that come with them. My favorite Fender neck has a 9.5" radius, with more shoulder than other necks.
     
  6. henderman

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    the prs 10" radius feels like home to me.
     
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    Flat is just fine...
     
  8. Lost Sailor

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    I am not sure if this is my imagination -- for me I like different radius boards and scale lengths to help with repetitive motion problems.
     
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    9 for general, 12-16 compound radius for heavy rock
     
  10. jazzman1021

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    I have a Warmoth 10"/16" radius 24.75" conversion that works well for me.
     
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    As long as the frets are medium jumbo and above, iam perfectly fine with any radius.
     
  12. Belltonenblues84

    Belltonenblues84 Strat-Talker

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    I got 7.25 and 9.5......I like 9.5 abit more
     
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    I don't really care if it plays well.... I will offer that 7.25 is my least favorite... Favorite is the 15" ebony board on my 83' P. Kubicki custom build Tele... Not as much being a 15" board but the neck plays so well...
     
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    I'll gladly play any guitar/radius as long as the thing stays in tune.
     
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    For the longest time I really enjoyed my vintage spec (7.25") Fenders, but over time I've come to prefer 9.5 or higher with taller frets. Bends & vibrato are a big part of how I play. Now I rarely play the vintage spec.

    I have an MIJ vintage spec 62 reissue & a 60's Classic Player Strat as well. Both are nice for different purposes but if I had to choose only one that would need to accommodate many styles, I would take the CP. a The CP neck is perhaps a little too thin but still a great player.

    My current favorite Fender neck is a AmSpec/HWY 1 Strat neck I got online & paired with a 50's Classic Player body.

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    I kind of went Strat crazy a few years ago on a mission to find my "Me Strat" but then failing to sell the ones that didn't quite make it.

    I prefer this Partscaster over my actual American Special, American Standard & American Deluxe.
     
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    One thing I often see is where a 7.25 radius is offered it will usually come with vintage style fretwire (low). I prefer medium for the bends.
     
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    My viola has a fingerboard radius just under 1.5" and is very comfortable. :whistling:
     
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    Vintage or Jumbo frets? It really makes all the difference. Lol. You know, for bends.
     
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    I like the 10-16" compound of my Warmoth but then I also like my 7 1/4" radius. I haven't experienced this fretting out thing, but then my low E is never lower than 5/64" and the high e about 4/64" or a tiny bit less, regardless. My strings don't care what the radius is I'll make them buzz if they're too low. I had an instructor once that let me check out his guitar. The action was so low I wouldn't have been able to play anything on that guitar. He was also the one that suggested I raise my pickups so they'd be closer to the strings.
     
  20. mjea80

    mjea80 Lost In The Light Silver Member

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    I believe my guitars are 7.25. But Im not 100% sure.

    Really not picky about things like this, I just tend to get used to it.
     
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