Another Roy Buchanan Tele question

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  1. Heathfinn

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    Hi all,

    I'm currently working on building a Tele that is highly inspired by Roy's. I've read where his neck radius was probably around a 9.5, but I also know this was years later and probably also after some refrets. I am looking to use his guitar as it was in the early 70's as my inspiration. Looking at this screen shot from his 1972 PBS documentary, am I crazy for thinking that this look like a 7.25 radius? Anyone have any idea the neck profile he had?

     
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    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Here's a thread that addresses it to some extent. I'm sure that one of our other members will jump in with more info. My general understanding is that for those early Teles there was quite a bit of variation guitar to guitar so hard to tell. I also know that a neck will flatten out a bit over time on pro played instruments after a few re-frets. Many that start out as 7.25" end up closer to 9.25".

    Just my 2 cents. Use the neck radius that's most comfortable to you. It won't effect the vintage vibe you're looking for.

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/specs-for-a-1953-telecaster-neck.258140/
     
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    I understand the idea of making a tribute guitar "cosmetically" like the original, but I would still make it comfortable and "playable" for my preferences. In other words, make it LOOK like Roy's Telecaster, but use a neck profile and radius that fits YOUR ideals. ;)
     
  4. Heathfinn

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    I agree, and I am most likely going with a 7.25 radius, it's more just curiosity in that everything I've read said he had a flatter neck, but in the doc it looks much rounder.
     
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    the radius in that photo in the OP is 7.25

    that's always a good idea unless you happen to be the guitarist who's guitar you're trying to reproduce..

    r
     
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    I'm still waiting to see if RK will EVER post something I need to disagree with.
    Not today. . .

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    having played Nancy - it's altered radius* during refretting was a necessary evil to allow Roy the deep string bends the 7.25 would have Clipped off the deep bends 35889426_209932679648508_5213883215495823360_n.jpg
     
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    36045953_209933426315100_6189838186173169664_n.jpg nancy-telecaster.jpg
     
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    That's the great thing with this forum , Don mare and Ron kirn posting on threads feel a bit star struck. :)

    Nancy would have started with something resembling 7.25 but as Don said he wouldn't have been bending those notes had it not been changed to 9.25 over time with dressing and fret work.
    So the choice is really what you want from it 53 tele correct radius or easier to play 9.25 .

    @Don Mare I know you do the 2324 pickups and spent a lot of time with Nancy, was there anything unusual with his pickups ? Ive heard it had a split bobbin is this true?.
     
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