Which fingerboard radius?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Tele-friend, Sep 15, 2021.

Which fingerboard radius do you prefer?

  1. 7.25"

    33 vote(s)
    19.8%
  2. 9.5"

    68 vote(s)
    40.7%
  3. 12"

    28 vote(s)
    16.8%
  4. Doesn't really matter as long the setup of the guitar is fine

    49 vote(s)
    29.3%
  5. Some other radius - please specify in post

    12 vote(s)
    7.2%
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  1. Tele-friend

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    Which fingerboard radius do you like? How does it feel to play them? Does fingerboard radius matter or it is just important that the setup of the guitar is fine?
    Maximum of two answers.

    Some say that 12" is best for soloing and bending. But on the other hand most owners of 7.25" obviously have no problem with bending easily on 7.25".

    Most of my guitars are 9.5", the only one I am not sure about is my avatar photo. Some say that original Tele Deluxes have 12"... I have sent an email to Fender support if they can help me.

    Looking forward to reading your posts on this topic.
     
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  2. naveed211

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    It’s funny. I prefer 9.5”, that seems to be most comfortable to me, kind of a nice in between.

    But I have three guitars currently and they’re all 12”.

    I can get around and play how I want on JUST about anything. 7.25” with vintage/worn down frets is a challenge though.
     
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    My two Nashville partcasters have Musikraft compound radius necks with stainless frets, one is 9.5"-12", the other is 10"-14". I like them both, but if Musikraft could make it with stainless frets, I would order 8"-13". They told me they get the stainless frets pre-cut and radiused, and 8-13 was not available.
     
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    I chose "Any, as long as it is set up well." However, on acoustic guitars, I prefer 16". I have everything from 9.5"-16".
     
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    Of my 6 guitars, I have…
    2 at 7.25 with vintage frets.
    2 at 9.5 with 6105.
    1 with 12 and medium jumbo.
    My newest, and favorite currently, is compound 7.25-9.5” with 6105.

    I like em all. I can’t imagine owning anything flatter than 12”.

    Fret size and neck shape/size seem to matter more to me than radius.
     
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  6. Flaneur

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    I don't much care for tall narrow frets (my Allparts TMO-Fat neck has them) but otherwise.....whatever I've got, I'll make it work. ;)
     
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    9.5-12" is fine with me. Just not flatter that, too uncomfortable. I hate Martins!
     
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    Any radius is fine as long as the frets aren't tiny vintage monstrosities.
     
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    7.25 feels too round. 12 feels too flat. 9 - 10 feels just right.

    Horses / courses.
     
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    I'm not sure I've ever owned a 12", but honestly fretboard radius has never been a consideration for me. See guitar, play guitar.
     
  11. Greg70

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    That almost makes sense that it would be 12". I have heard that the Tele Deluxe was intended to compete with the Les Paul, which has a 12" radius.
     
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    As long as it is set up ok I can go with 7.25 or 9.5. My American deluxe is compound 9.5 to 12 and it plays fine too. To me it’s all in the set up. But, I really likes my 67 Tele back in the day. I miss that guitar 7.25 radius
     
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    As we all know , only truly skilled and talented guitarists can bend strings on a 7.25” radius fret board. my favorite
    ;-)
     
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    Coming from a classical background (flat radius), I found that it doesn't really matter for me. Setup is key. I tend to settle on flatter compound radii myself, like 10"-16" nowadays, but if a guitar would have the right sound and neck shape, I wouldn't really care about the radius. I have a fret preference though - 6105s.

    I even noticed, that staggered pickups, that were made to work better with 7.25 or 9.5, still work ok with a 16".
     
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    My first two Fender guitars were 7.25, next two were 9.5, still have one of those 9.5,
    but went back to 7.25 for next two Fenders I currently have.

    Back in the "old days".....we never knew/thought about fingerboard radius.
    Just whether it felt/played good.

    Grumpy Old Man 1 - Saturday Night Live - YouTube

    We also never worried about "neck dive" on SG's :rolleyes:
     
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    I prefer 12 degree, 9.5 will do.
     
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    Exactly! It’s all about setup I’ve never had any of the problems others seem to have with 7.25
     
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    I am a 7.25 guy, never had any problem with it (bending or other).

    I can actually play anything, from old style round Fender 'boards up to ultra flat classical guitars, but I have to say that Fender guitars flatter that 9.5 feel strange to me.
     
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    I don't feel differences playing 9 1/2" or 12" radius necks and I've comfortably played PRS guitars with a 10". I'm OK with the flatter, 16" I believe, radius on one of my acoustics, but I wouldn't want it on an electric. I've played Fenders with a 7 1/2" radius, and combined with a narrow neck, it feels cramped. I have 7 guitars. It takes a practice session to get comfortable with one after playing another but that's no big deal. A bigger issue for me than the necks is that the controls differ on all of them and I have to think about settings before making changes, sometimes for a day or two.
     
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  20. Marc Morfei

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    There is no difference. I used to prefer 9.5 because that's what I was used to . But then covid got me playing my acoustic a lot, because the only gigs we could get were low-volume outdoor restaurant things. I was playing a lot of things on acoustic that I normally only played on electric, stuff up the neck. It got me used to a flatter board. 12s are fine. I have a 10-16 compound and that's fine. My favorite guitar at the moment is a Yamaha SA2200 that is 13.75, and it feels great. Years ago for a little while I had a thinline Tele that was 7.25 and I remember it being very comfy. Probably should have hung on to that one.
     
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