Broadcaster/Nocaster (50-51) neck specs/fret size?

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  1. Heavy Formvar

    Heavy Formvar TDPRI Member

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    Looking into buying a Musikraft Blackguard Neck for a Broadcaster/Nocaster build...I know the neck profile was soft V-ish ("Tadeo Taper") but what size were the frets? I did a few google searches but couldn’t find anything about that.

    David
     
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  2. hamerfan

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    Tadeo Taper is not the neck profile per se but the transition from the back of the head to the neck profile. Most of the early necks were U or boatnecks. The blackguard area ended in 1954.
    The V neck started in 1956.

    Read here:

    http://www.guitarhq.com/fender2.html
     
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  3. ThermionicScott

    ThermionicScott Poster Extraordinaire

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    6230 would be the closest to vintage fret size. I believe the real original wire would have been a bit skinnier than that.
     
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  4. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt Tele-Meister

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    Hard V necks started in 56. Lots of V necks before then but they were a softer V. I tried a nocaster recently that had a harder V than my 55 which has a soft V. Guitar HQ is great but there are mistakes
     
  5. hamerfan

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    Thanks for the heads-up, but the only original Blackguard I have played was more of a baseball bat than a guitar.
     
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