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Old July 29th, 2005, 10:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How to Measure Neck Radius?

Thanks to this site, I know the differences in neck radiuses. Now I would be interested to find out what my guitar necks radius' are.....How do I go about measuring this at home Thanks! Dickson

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Old July 29th, 2005, 11:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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<li>Stew Mac sold me these years ago:

<li>They also haff the slotted wons fer strings-on checks.

Radius Gauges

<li>I like the old style bess (of course).

<li>There are also these ching-a-derios fer checkin the back side but I ain't never used em.

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Old July 29th, 2005, 11:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You would use a template . Pretty sure you could make one with a compass, a ruler, and a piece of posterboard.
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The easiest and cheapest way to do it is to get a piece of thin cardboard/thick paper and make some guages. Tie a string onto a pencil and draw a few arcs beside each other. One with the string held at 7.25", another at 9.5" and another at 12" (the most common radiuses). Cut along the arcs and then cut them out so you have like 3 credit card size pieces with an arc making up one side of each card.
Then you just see which one fits the curve of your fretboard. If none fit you'll be able to estimate from them.
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Old July 29th, 2005, 11:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Instant Radius Gauge

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Old April 2nd, 2010, 01:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks Bender. Just printed them and will bond them to thin cardboard.
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Old April 2nd, 2010, 03:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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ya gotta be sure your printer is printer is printing 1 to 1 .... if you're not sure, take a flat stick, or stiff cardboard... poke a hole in each end at whatever radius you are needing. say 7 1/4 inch apart... put a pin in one hole, and a pencil in the other, draw the curve... that's 7.25 radius. or whatever you wanted..
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 12:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks Bender!
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 12:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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No need to pay good money for a set of them if you are just a bit curious. You just need a large compass, a ruler, a manilla folder, and scissors.
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 11:22 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Glad the OP asked this question. Been wondering, too . . .Love this place!!
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 01:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've used the pickguardian templates - printed them off and used a laminator to keep em stiff! There's a useful one inch guide when you print so you can check you've printed 1:1 (it's a PDF so make sure you set it to 100% before printing)
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