Radius on Performer Tele Way Off?

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  1. assessor

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    I took my Performer Tele, the one in my signature, to a guitar tech that scanned it in their PLEK-machine. Everything looked fine except for the neck radius. It’s supposed to be 9,5” but measured between 8,1” to 8,6”.

    Is it normal for a modern Fender neck to be 10-20% out of spec?
     
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    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

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    Maybe the metric system is to blame?
     
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    Maybe it’s a vintage accurate feature — approximate fretboard radii! :D

    I imagine your man with the Plek will know how often things like this vary, do perhaps ask him. Fender would likely tell you if it’s within tolerances. My guess is it’s likely outside with that margin. I would be interested to know the official line.

    If you like the way it plays I guess not an issue though... How does it feel?
     
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    I hope not :D

    I was hesitant to buy this tele because I've played a Strat with 12" radius since the 80s and thought it wouldn't suit me. But I was wrong, and even more so after finding out the real radius :lol:
     
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    Now yer talkin'!
     
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    Interestingly, I measure the radius on my Ibanez recently. It's sprec'd as 12". Nope. it's about 10" radius. Definitely not 12 when I tried that gage.
     
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    I once had a 1930s national resonator that had a -15 or -16 radius. Concave. Below flat.

    Sounded good though !
     
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    Well, if they can't decide whether it is 8.1 inches or 8.6 inches, they're not instilling much confidence in their measurements.

    But perhaps the wood is in motion. Is the neck fully flat sawn, or is the grain on another axis?
     
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    Sorry if I wasn't clear. The neck radius was measured to be 8,1" at first fret and 8,6" at last fret (fret 22).
     
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