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POLL: If you could only pick one fretboard radius for a neck build, what would it be?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by gunofasonmike, Jan 19, 2021.

If you could only have one, which fingerboard radius would you choose? (Or pick the closest option)

  1. 7.25"

  2. 9.5"

  3. 10"

  4. 12"

  5. 14"

  6. 16"

  7. Compound: 7.25-9.5"

  8. Compound: 7.25-12"

  9. Compound: 8.7-14.5"

  10. Compound: 9.5-12"

  11. Compound: 9.5-14"

  12. Compound: 10-12"

  13. Compound: 10-14"

  14. Compound: 10-16"

  15. Compound: 12-14"

  16. Nothing really matters... to meeeee

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  1. gunofasonmike

    gunofasonmike NEW MEMBER!

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    Let's settle this once and for all! Here's the scenario: You're ordering a custom built neck with that has everything you want, but it's pricey, and you want it to last you for a lifetime of playing... what will it be? Why?
     
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  2. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    A chunky V with a 12" radius and RW board. A curious mix of vintage and modern.
     
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  3. Henley

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    ...agreed, but make my board maple.
     
  4. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    7 1/4" radius with small, low, stainless steel frets (Dunlop 6230 or equivalent).
     
  5. TeleBrew

    TeleBrew Doctor of Teleocity

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    My favorite guitar has an unusual radius of 11". It's an HS Anderson Mad Cat 45th anniversary model. It feels amazingly comfortable. My other guitar is a Rick 620 with a 12" radius, but Ricks have always felt like their own thing to me. I prefer low, small frets regardless of the radius. I like feeling the fingerboard when I play. I never realized that before I tried to play taller frets like you find on the Fender American Pro & Pro II guitars.

    But for a Strat, I'm perfectly happy with 7.25" radius, as long as it has the aforementioned smaller frets. And make it a '60's C neck profile with a rosewood fingerboard.
     
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  6. marc2211

    marc2211 Tele-Holic

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    I recently faced this dilema - I love 7.25" on pretty much all of my Fenders. I love the radii on my Gibsons...

    On a 'custom' neck I ordered last year I took a 'V' neck with a 10-16" compound - couldn't be happier. I will probably go for this path for future guitars if I can too.
     
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  7. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    9.5” - 14” compound radius. My Am Dlx Tele has this neck and it is perfect for me.
     
  8. Squawker

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    7.25" maple one piece with vintage frets. Doesn't have to be too chunky - my '96 MIM Std is *my* gold standard.
     
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  9. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    12" -- standard Gibson radius. I grew up with Gibbys.
     
  10. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I like 12 degree.
    It’s common to almost all of my guitars.
     
  11. johnny k

    johnny k Poster Extraordinaire

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    I don't know what is a fretboard radius, but if i am given a bit of time i will adjust. I like smaller fretboards, and lower action if that helps.
     
  12. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    9.5.

    No experience with compound except a vintage Corvette that goes from 10" at the nut to flat at the other end. No bueno for me.
     
  13. SonicMustang

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    Love the 10-16" compound radius. Nice to play cowboy chords at one end and bend heaven up higher on the neck.
     
  14. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    how can you ever pick more than one radius compound or otherwise, for a neck build?
     
  15. Obsessed

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    Whew, tough question. I like the variety of fingerboard radii for a variety of playing styles. I suppose if we're custom for an electric, I'd go maple with 9.5 and a thick soft V.
     
  16. mkdaws32

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    12” radius and whatever neck profile my Squier Contemporary Strat has. I got great guitars, but the neck on that one is the best I’ve ever played (for me)
     
  17. Fretting out

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    Ive always preferred the original fender 7.25

    Maybe because I’m a “rhythmish” guy
     
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    Make mine 9.5, with tall vintage frets an a maple board.
     
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    I guess if it was a custom build just for me ........ I prefer 12" but have found 10" nicer up by the head stock so I thought I'd go with 10" to 12" compound.
     
  20. lost sailor

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    my hand is 'home' on 7.25 -- other profiles are ok though.
     
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