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I like the 7.25 radius

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Rockinvet, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. Rockinvet

    Rockinvet Tele-Afflicted

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    For some reason I still like the smaller radius neck. Back in the day when I had my 67 tele, I love that neck. I’ve tried a relic last year same thing, loved it. Many people do not like them but I find it rather comfortable. Does anyone else like them?
     
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    Like yourself, I have played these since '67 and it never was anything that was thought about or considered. I liked the feel and that was pretty much it.
     
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    lammie200 Friend of Leo's

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    Yep, I like the 7.25” radius, but I can deal with Gibsons which are in the 10”-12” range. I have tried flatter but I wasn’t a fan. Too difficult for barre chords. I always had the impression that people like flatter radii to do monster bends. Not really important for me.
     
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    Me too. I prefer it.
     
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    Yes , i dont want nothing elee if i can help it , and VERY small frets .
     
  6. Rockinvet

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    Really, we didn't have a lot of choices. I mean I was a beginner player in the late 60s early 70's and that was a bout all we had. But maybe the 70's started with 9.5, Im not sure. Someone here knows.
     
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    I kind of wish my American Original ‘50s had a 7.25” fretboard, so I could have a more authentic early 1950s experience playing it. Which makes just one reason why I should have bought a 1952 AVRI. But I’m not going to let it bother me. If there’s one thing I do on solid body guitars, it’s bend.
     
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    Yup. Me too. It feels "right" to me.

    I can compromise a little bit on frets, going a little bigger than "vintage" size, as long as the board has the old-school curve to it. E.g. Most first-decade G&Ls were like this: curvy board, but with medium frets dressed low – and they play great to me. But I won't pay American Original prices for a guitar that doesn't have the 7 1/4" radius. At that price point, I don't compromise on my desired fretboard specs. I'd rather buy two Vinteras than an AO, for that reason alone: skinny frets and old school radius.

    You can put up pictures of how "close" 7 1/4" and 9 1/2" are...but they don't explain the difference in feel. You really feel it at the edges of the board, and on the outer strings...and if you aren't primarily a lead player.

    Also, many old Gibsons actually came with curvier boards than they are popularly known for. They seem closer to 9 1/2" or 10" than to the 12" that most people state, in my experience playing "vintage" ones over the years. The best playing Gibsons I have ever played are the ones with these curvier boards. I played a first generation ('54 style) Les Paul Custom with a board like this, and fretless wonder frets (very skinny, very low, and uncrowned/flat-topped). Best playing and sounding Gibson I've ever played. I wanted it so badly, but I didn't have $20,000.
     
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    I'm fine with the 9.5" radius. Probably a fair amount amount of 7.25" ones got close
    to that when a fingerboard was planed prior to a re-fret.
     
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    I have always preferred the 7.25" radius neck on my Fender Guitars. I have two Telecasters with the 9.5" and I like that as well. But given the choice, I go with the 7.25" radius.
     
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    I too like the 7.25 radius. Most (not all) telecasters I have played with the 7.25 radius also had smaller vintage type frets. This may contribute to that "feel" that we tend to like. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    I really like the 7.5 radius for my Fender type guitars. I have two that have it &
    they play fine. But, I have 3 that have the 9.5 & they are good, also.

    I think I prefer the 7.5...
     
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    It is possible that the higher crown makes the neck more rigid, all else equal, and so less likely to have dead spots/weak-tone areas.

    My main focus is on bass guitar, where I think neck stiffness has a big effect on dead spots and tone in general, but I haven't tried such a radius on a bass (and I don't remember whether or not it matters on 6-string guitars).
     
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    I like the 7.25" neck as well, and right now (as usual :) ), I'm struggling about which of these two guitars to keep:

    1) Blonde AVRI '52 that weighs 7 lbs.
    2) Blonde RW '50s that weighs 6 lbs 9 oz.
     
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    Played 7.25 R guitars as long as I can remember. Feels like home.
     
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    Had a Baja neck on an Am. Special Telecaster, which was a huge improvement on the original "Modern C" neck it came with. Then I tried a Vintera 50s Tele. Liked the 7.25" radius so much I bought a Vintera neck for my Tele. I also have 7.25 on my Jaguar. Everything else I own is 9.5 or flatter, which I'm ok with, but the 7.25 radius just feels right. I think Fender should offer the option of a 7.25 or 9.5 neck on their upper-mid range and higher guitars. The only ones that come with it are a few 50s spec models.
     
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    I have 7.25 on a couple but don't play them as much anymore.

    The 9.50 just feels better these days.
     
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    I think the thing I like about those necks is the skinny vintage frets, not the radius. I have a cheap Oscar Schmidt Strat, that I'm pretty sure is a 9.5" radius, but has the skinny frets, and it feels great.
     
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    My Teles are 9.5" or more. I've posted this before, but I have a Burn Brian May with a 7.25" radius and I love it.
     
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    The 7.25 radius just feels better to me playing barre chords. Playing "I fought the law" on a flatter neck doesn't feel right.
     
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