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What's your favorite fingerboard radius?

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Bad Monkey, Jul 12, 2019.

preferred/favorite fingerboard radius?

  1. 7.25

    31.0%
  2. 9.5

    38.1%
  3. 10

    2.4%
  4. 12

    21.4%
  5. compound 7.25 - 9.5

    1.2%
  6. compound 9.5 - 12

    8.3%
  7. compound 10 - 16

    10.7%
  8. other (comment below)

    6.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Bad Monkey

    Bad Monkey Senior Stratmaster Gold Member

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    Hey guys...just wanted to get a poll going on your preferred/favorite fingerboard radius...choose up to 2. Comment below. Thanks. :)
     
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  2. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Don't much care. Profile of neck, width of fingerboard and other factors mean more to me than radius.
     
  3. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    Voted other. Dead flat (classical guitar).

    Actually most of my guitars have 9.5. The radius difference doesn't bother me, although the narrow nut (i.e., narrower than 2") is less comfortable for fingerstyle.
     
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  4. tschucha

    tschucha Strat-O-Master

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    7.25" - Good enough for Jimi, good enough for me.
     
  5. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Other: 12-16 compound. Seems most Charvel/Jackson guitars have this and that’s what I’m used to at this point.
     
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  6. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    7.25 for me. Easier to chord on.
     
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  7. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have an AllParts strat neck that is a 12"- I prefer the ones that have a 9 1/2" or 10" radius. I have two Warmoth guitars I put together in the early '90's, and the compound radius feels too flat to me at the upper part of the neck.
    Everyone has different tastes.
    Sometimes a guitar is is not your typical preference may still feel good in your hand,
    You need to play them and take each individually.
     
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  8. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

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    My everyday Strat is 9.5", but 12"+ and then some is my preferred. I love the 16" board on my Godin Archtop..

    As for 7.25" and Jimmy.. well, he didn't have a lot of choice did he. With a Strat anyway.. it was 7.25" or nothing. Chances are he'd be a compound guy today.. ;):D
     
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  9. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Senior Stratmaster

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    7 1/4 for the win!
     
  10. JP68

    JP68 Strat-Talker

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    9.5, probably just because that's what I grew up playing, so it feels completely natural to me. The first strat I got has a 12" board which was very groovy at first, but I found myself missing the rounder radius, so I bought an old Am Std too, to satisfy that itch.

    I also have a mid-60s Duo-Sonic that's 7.25, but didn't know that until much later. I don't shred or do crazy bends, so the neck shape is more important to me than the radius I guess.
     
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  11. Thunderhopkins8

    Thunderhopkins8 Strat-O-Master

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    Not really sure. I just know what feels good in my hands.
     
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  12. ZlurkCorzDog

    ZlurkCorzDog INMATE #7XX7XX7 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Good enough for me too. But, luthiers can flatten them out if that's what a player desires. Ask @Electgumbo :rolleyes:
     
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  13. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have, 16”, 12”, 9.5” and 7.25” and I like them all. Every guitar needs an appropriate fret level and set up.
     
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  14. circles

    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I wouldn't know my necks's radius's if they bit me. I do know I like my EOB Strat as well as my 94 le paul, but don't know their radii.
     
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  15. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    9.5 for all around playing.
    7.25 for chord /rhythm playing.
     
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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    Your EOB is 9.5 and you LP is 12.
     
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  17. Willie D

    Willie D Pentatonic Hack Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I like 12" on an electric.
     
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  18. problem-child

    problem-child Senior Stratmaster

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    Two of each please... It really doesn't matter much to me any more.
     
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  19. EC Strat-boy

    EC Strat-boy Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    9.5” with a V
     
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  20. MrNeutron

    MrNeutron Strat-Talker

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    Ditto!! :thumb:
     
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