Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by JeradP, May 3, 2011.

Jan 21, 2011
michigan
I was playing my beloved Drive (cheapo off brand guitar) neck'd Squier Bullet and was thinking how much I love it. It'd like to know how to measure the radius on it in case I ever want to buy a neck in the future. It's the best playing neck I've ever felt. I know nothing of vintage radius, 7.5, 9.5, etc, so how do I go about measuring? Is it a method similar to fitting clothes, where you use a measuring tape or a string? Forgive my complete ignorance/ borderline idiocy on the subject

2. ### davenumber2Friend of Leo's

Sep 28, 2010
Columbia, MO

Jan 21, 2011
michigan
I honestly didn't even do a search, I figured I was stupid for asking in the first place. Thanks, I'll try and find it.

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Jan 21, 2011
michigan

6. ### davenumber2Friend of Leo's

Sep 28, 2010
Columbia, MO
Cut it out and put it to your fretboard with the strings off. Whichever one matches exactly, that is your radius.

Jan 21, 2011
michigan
Ok, thanks a lot. The neck is pretty thin, wide, and the fretboard seems flat. What would you take a guess at it being?

8. ### davenumber2Friend of Leo's

Sep 28, 2010
Columbia, MO
Neck width and thickness doesn't play into measuring radius. Radius is the curvature of the actual fretboard. If it's flat I'd guess 12" because it's a common one but there is really no way to know without measuring.

Jan 21, 2011
michigan
I have a LOT to learn about guitar necks I see. I guess I didn't know radius meant just hte fretboard. How do they measure the neck/ neck shape? I know my CV50 Tele has a C shape with a 95 radius because I just looked it up. This neck is thinner, my guess is a D shape, but that's just an educated guess

10. ### megafiddleFormer Member

Feb 27, 2011
VA
You really need to use the gauge. Notice how similar all the different radii look. It's
almost impossible to guess. And there is pretty much no practical way to make some
type of measurement with ruler, caliper, etc. A gauge is standard way to measure.
If you do print it out, make sure the 1" bar actually measures 1" on your printout.
Then just cut them out very carefully and see which one fits best.

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Oh, you are looking for neck shape?
Some manufacterer's publish diagrams of the neck profiles. If you can find
the diagrams, you can usually tell which one you have. There are cross-section
views, as if you cut through the neck and were looking at the cut end.

11. ### Colt W. KnightDoctor of TeleocityAd Free Member

Jan 21, 2007
Tucson, AZ
If you got one of these

You can press it against the fretboard, with the strings on, and get a raius measurement. And just hold it up agains a piece of paper with known radii.

You can also measure the exact contour on the back of the neck.

Its a super handy tool, I use a lot in recreating guitar necks.

Jan 21, 2011
michigan
Is there a recommended fret to set the printed template on or doesn't it matter?

13. ### megafiddleFormer Member

Feb 27, 2011
VA
If the fretboard is uniform (cylindrical) radius, then the radius will be the same
all along the neck. Most are. It's best to measure at the body end of the neck
though, because there will be a wider section of neck in contact with the gauge.
The neck is widest at the body end.
The radius is measured on the fretboard itself, not on top of a fret.

14. ### vinmanTele-Meister

Feb 8, 2008
long island, ny

15. ### varakeefTele-Afflicted

Sep 7, 2007
Finland
That doesn't really matter me thinks. If a fret is one millimeter high, you'll get a radius of 7.28" instead of 7.25" which is insifficant difference. (Since typically radiuses are like 7.25, 9.5, 12 or 16 inches.)

16. ### pennylandmusicNEW MEMBER!

Aug 23, 2011
Milton Keynes, UK
There's an easy way by making a simple jig at home and using a Vernier Calliper. If you email me on pete@pennylandmusic.com, I'll send you a Powerpoint slide telling you exactly how to do it. Pete.

17. ### megafiddleFormer Member

Feb 27, 2011
VA
That's true. There is no practical difference between the fretboard and fret-top radius due to the fret height.
As long as the fret is completely seated and the fret-top radius wasn't flattened because of some leveling work,
the fret top works just as well. And that's often the case.

Technically thou, I believe radius refers to the fretboard.

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