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Compound radius neck for Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Leonardocoate, Dec 1, 2020.

  1. Leonardocoate

    Leonardocoate Tele-Meister

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    I love my compound radius Strat necks. The 9.5 radius at the end of the neck is comfortable, but I prefer the flatter 12" towards the body more. I have not had much luck putting the Strat neck on a Tele body and even less luck finding a Tele compond radius....got any suggestions?
     
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    I can take em or leave em. My main plank has a compound board.
    Thing I wonder about is, consider how frets are finished. Do the frets really end up with a compound raduis?
    Think about it.
     
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    All US made Fender Telecaster Deluxe (after 2014) ,Elite & Ultra models have a compound radius.
     
  6. Greggorios

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    USA Custom Guitars make them. Disclaimer: This company was bought out by MJT and I'm not aware of anything pro or con since the change.
     
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    I have 7.25” - 10” on my Tele. Bought it on sale from guitarbuild co uk. Lovely neck and much prefer the compound radius. Best of both worlds, comfortable chords and no fretting out when I solo.

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    I had a 2-piece, roasted flame maple 7.25"-9.5" compound radius neck with stainless steel vintage (6230) frets made by Steve Parker at Parklane Guitars. It also has a wider nut (1-11/16"). Really like this neck and love the small stainless frets.
     
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    Or, you can have it done.
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    2016 Road Worn Tele. Bone nut, SS .100 x .051 frets, compound radius 10” to 14”, PLEK’d and Callaham compensated brass saddles.

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    Got a fender ebony elite tele neck on a partscaster. Best neck I think I ever played
     
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    As do Musikraft. They have six compound options, from 7.25-9.5" to 12-16".
     
  12. John C

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    Actually the compound radius starts on American Deluxes (Teles and Strats) starting in 2010 - and some of the first ones even have 2009/"DZ9xxxxxx" serial numbers because Fender started making parts for these toward the end of 2009, but for some reason they didn't release them until March/April 2010 (I think there were some issues with the first batches of N3 pickups).
     
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    That's a very interesting point, one which I've never considered.

    My best playing guitar plays extremely well since being PLEKd. How would that work on a compound radius neck?
     
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    No problem at all. There are thousands of compound necks being levelled old school or via plek every day.
     
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    I'm not intimately familiar with how it's done.
    I never thought about compound radiused boards, 'til yesterday. I find it hard to believe that anyone actually has compound radiused frets, because it would be such a monumental PITA to achieve and setting the guitar up would be equally awkward.
     
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    It's easy to level frets on a compound radius. You need to use files instead of a radiused block, and the technique's a little different, but that's all.
     
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    I've been wondering this too, say for instance the usa deluxe telecasters with at 9.5-12 compound.

    maybe @Ronkirn could shed some light on it?
     
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    I put a compound radius from Warmoth on this one but frankly I don't really notice any difference from the original Fender neck so I guess I'm good to go either way.

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    in actuality all necks have a compound radius due to the taper of the neck.. it's just on a neck, say from 9.5 - 12 the taper is increased...

    the most often question I get is what happens if ya need fret work.. answer, ya do it exactly as if it were a straight radius.. the tools naturally follow the compound radius...

    and as the Beachbum mentioned.. unless you have something absurdly dramatic, you will never notice the neck's compound..

    r
     
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    The neck taper has no bearing on the fingerboard radius, and the tools follow whatever the frets were radiused to, ie the fret elevelling stones are radiused, so every fret top will have the same radius.
     
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