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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Newbcaster, Apr 21, 2017.
what size roundover bits do people use for strats?
I always thought that strats were 1/2" radius and teles 1/8".
the Fender 62 reissue drawing the Stratocaster book of old shows a 7/16" radius dimension, but their dimensions all have tolerances of +/- 1/32" too.
Many times I've used a 1/2" bit, but not raised it up all the way on the router table, so it is shy of the 1/2".
3/16ths to 1/4" on a tele. if you wanted 1/8 you might as well use sandpaper by hand.
You could hand sand an 1/8" but a round over router bit is faster and easier.
I'm not sure of its accuracy to any particular era of tele, but the
T. Downs drawing shows 0.125" radius. That's why I stated 1/8" in my earlier post.
The Vintage Strats where ½" the original Broadcaster, ⅛ th, buy '53ish they had gone to a 3/16 to ¼ 'cause the "cowboys" were complaining about how sharp the edge was on the Broadcasters.. the exact size isn't important since the sanding process would change it...
the modern guitars use the same round-overs except on some nouveaux chic models... so if you're doing something "chic" do your thing.. it won't matter except to you.
I love a good 1/2 on my Teles and Strats...even on my flat LPs
I think preeb mentioned that at one point Strats were 9/16.
i went with a half-inch. Actually the Orange Box sells a 4pack of roundover bits for 20 bux. Ryobi. Disposable at that price.
I actually have some pix up in my thread of my progress. got the round over and prelim sanding/shaping done at 80 grit. Now im going over everything with a orbital at successive grits and then working on the fretboard which guitarbuilder modeled for me in cad.
Half-inch roundover bits are actually removing quite a bit of wood. Under most circumstances I would do it in two passes, the first one set for less than full depth.
Also a good idea to use a sharper radius around where the neck plate will sit, there may not be enough to tolerate a full 1/2" back there.
I don't think you want to go near the neck plate or it won't go on. You stop short of it on both sides and blend it in with a file.
What is "strats"?
I know nuthn´. I´m into Tellies...
Haven't you ever heard of that group, Dire Strats?
Hendrix, Clapton, Stevie Ray, David Gilmour all are Strat guys to name a few. Unless you're being sarcastic..
What's a tellie?
I like to do something that I discovered on my 90's Ibanez Talman - a small radius, like 3/16", on front for a crisp look, and a large ½" radius on the back, for comfort.
I played the guitar for 15 years before I realized what was going on.
Nice post yeah actually i would definitely do that in the future.... Wonderboy, my latest creation is in fact based quite heavily on the Jason Becker Numbers guitar. My memory was faulty, i thought it had these nice curves but in actual fact there was only the SLIGHTEST roundover, probably just slightly sanded corners really.
I've gotten to like the curves better actually nut I hate the idea I was mistaken about something lol.
All of the old strats that I have been able to observe in person matched up more closely with my 7/16" radius gauge than 1/2".
1/4" or 1/8" on Teles depending on the era, in my experience.