It's a funny thing I started out with a 7-1/4" radius guitar (after playing a Teisco for about a year), but back then, I had no idea what the fret board's radius was, and I don't ever remember anyone else talking about what radius their guitar's fret board had. We knew there was a difference, of course, between Fenders and Gibsons and the rest - but no one I knew was really focused on minute details like fret board radius. We were more concerned with stuff like trying to put together a light-gauge string set with strings that wouldn't bust when ya made a big bend It's pretty interesting to look in the Black Guard Book and check out the fret board radius' on vintage Teles as measured by Nacho. They actually varied quite a bit, and some of them were even pretty wacky - iirc, there was a reverse compound radius that went something like 9" at the nut to 7-1/4" at the 12th fret The poster that referred to "shaving" a neck was referring to shaving some of the heft off the back of the neck, not anything to do with the fret board. I'm pretty sure old Virgil (the original owner of Lay's Guitar shop down in Akron) is the fella that shaved down Page's LP neck before Page got it from Walsh - Lay's was the best shop around for guitar work back then, and Virgil was the man . .