Vox Spitfire rebuild fretboard question

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  1. mickeyspringer

    mickeyspringer TDPRI Member

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    The fretboard on the 60s Vox Spitfire I am rebuilding sticks up higher than the binding.
    Is it raising?
    Is the Binding shrinking?
    what can i do to even this out?.....should I pull the frets and sand down the fretboard?
     

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  2. mickeyspringer

    mickeyspringer TDPRI Member

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    Also.........
    the fretboard radius is 7.25
    but the bridge is a 14!?
    Is this normal?
     

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  3. umasstele

    umasstele Tele-Afflicted

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    I can check the radius on mine for ya, but I have to get to the place the tools are (my parents house).

    When I needed parts for the tremolo on my hurricane, this place had them:
    http://www.rhoadsmusic.com/

    TONS and TONS of Vox stuff, contacting the owner Jim Rhodes would be a good way to get a lot of this info...
     
  4. Bongocaster

    Bongocaster Friend of Leo's

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    Sure. The fretboard is radiused to conform to the natural curve of your fingers. When picking, with fingers or a pick that's not so useful. Maybe a bit of an oversight by the manufacturer but I wouldn't worry about it. Think about compound radius boards. They get flatter as they go up the neck.
     
  5. KokoTele

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    Binding used to be made of cellulose, so it shrinks over time. I've only seen it shrink lengthwise, and usually break. This is why so many old guitars have cracks in the binding.

    The bridge probably works out just fine. I'm sure that at the time they just used whatever bridge they could get for the manufacturing costs they wanted. Few guitar makers thought of this sort of thing very much.

    You actually do want a bridge that's flatter than the fretboard. Notice how the strings are closer together at the nut than at the bridge? This makes them form a section of a cone, and a cone's radius gets wider as you keep going down.
     
  6. Ed Miller

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    I've got a vox neck kicking around the shop. I'll take a look at it and get back to you. My guess is the binding has shrunk. BTW, you have a compound radius fingerboard. I didn't kow they used them on voxes.
     
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    I don't think so. No manufacturers were doing this before the mid-80s, and only a few guitar luthiers were doing it on custom models before that.
     
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    [Facepalm]
    yeah, I just realized I read that wrong. mea culpa.
     
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    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    No worries :)
     
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