When did Fender use the 7.25" fretboard radius?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by itzed, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. ripgtr

    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

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    I started a thread on that over on the vintage forum, didn't get a lot of modded guitars showing up. Probably people threw a new pickguard on and pretended there isn't a route underneath. :)

    In the 70s, they weren't, but by 1980, I was getting offers of $1000 for my 60, and that is a couple grand in todays money. anything pre CBS was going to be going up in value after the late 70s. I know people who did mods in the 60s and 70s. A friend of mine, I used to play with had a tele, don't know if it was pre CBS but It couldn't have been newer than very early 70s, he put a couple of PAFs in it. Now, what is THAT worth? ;)
     
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    That is highly debated, especially over on the tele forum. When they started measuring those blackguard necks, they found them all over the place. A LOT of 9.5. Some claimed that was because the necks had been planed on refrets but some of these were never refretted. There was a lot of talk about there being more than one gauge, maybe some were cut slightly differently (they were probably cut by hand), plus the necks were hand sanded.

    I got the Musikraft 0514 neck on my tele, it is one of the best necks I have every played. They measured it at 9.5. The long time owner of that guitar commented on the tele forum that it has been refretted but the neck never planed/refinished. The fretboard finish was obviously worn, from his comments, so he would have noticed if it came back planed/refinished. He sold it to the guy who wrote the blackguard book and measured it. So, that is pretty good evidence it left the factory like that.

    I am sure as they went along, they got more standardized, as they moved from being a shop to a factory. Exactly what the process was, how it changed, I have never seen anything on.
    Maybe Ron or one of the guys who builds them, may know more of the history there.
     
  3. OldtimeR&R

    OldtimeR&R Strat-O-Master

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    It means that if he's looking for a 7.25 neck a Knopfler neck is one.....
     
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    BigDipper15 Senior Stratmaster

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    Understood
     
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    To my knowledge, during the time Leo and Forrest were still at Fender, they only offered 7.25 radius necks for Strats and Tellys. The first flatter radius products I ever saw were Japanese Telecasters. As of 1985 I had never seen an American Stratocaster or Telecaster (with anything but a 7.25 radius). Fast forward to 1988 when I ordered a Custom Sunburst Stratocaster Plus, with a Swamp Ash Body, a 9 1/2" radius, a maple board, and Gold, Silver, and Red Laces (from the original Custom Shop).
     
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    The 7.25 is the original Fender Radius.
    9.5 is a perfect balance between 7.25 and 12.0
     
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    Old thread revived but anyway for the sake of accuracy. The first strat that wasn't offically 7.5" was the 1983 Standard VII at 12"
     
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    Sorry just to be complete the Elite produced at the same time also had 12" radius