How Important Is Fretboard Radius To You

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  1. Briandress

    Briandress Well-Known Member

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    Tried out some Jackson Ibanez and schector 7 strings today. Was trying to just get a feel before I order an agile 7 string variant.

    The agile has a 13.5 and I guess my al3200 has the same.

    The jacksons are compound 12-16 and the schector is 16 all over. The Ibanez was pretty thin for me and made my hand hurt

    The jacksons and schector were pretty comfy.

    Anyone think I’ll have a comfort issue on an agile legacy or septor?


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  2. OMB

    OMB Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Never understood radius. Nut Width and Thickness - Yes radius...no.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Ditto.
    Played guitar for 30+ years and never heard of fretboard radius until I met up with some Fender fans
    and all they could talk about was the fretboard radius. They never seemed to concern
    themselves with anything else. Myself, I think you need to take some drug
    that I've never found for fretboard radius to have meaning. :)
     
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    rrobbone Well-Known Member

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    I'm not really ever worried about radius. I have my preferences, but it's not like it ever gets in my way at all. I do think they have a different feel to them, and I like EVH's compound radius 12" - 16" set up.

    I have this Septor (only with passives). It has a 13.7" radius with a uniform neck profile, so it should be fine for you. It does have the thickest neck profile of any seven string guitar I've ever encountered. This is one in the win column for me, as I hate Wizard style necks and the like. I like the guitar enough that it's in line for some electronics and pickups upgrades.

    With the exception of a few (way) higher end Schecters, it's the only seven string I could find that doesn't have a super thin neck profile.
     
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    jam Well-Known Member

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    Most of mine have a radius.
     
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    Well mine are all in the 12 to 13 " radius, but wouldn't turn down a curvy Fender radius. Neck thickness and width are more important to me. If the Ibby hurt your hand stay away from thin necks. I have an Ibby AS83 with a nice c neck not quite as chunky as 1 or 2 I have but a very nice neck.
     
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    Exactly! IT has been explained to me sooooo many times but I don't play Fender guitars so maybe that is the missing piece!!! But I have owned Teles and S type in both Fender branded and generic but in the end they all go away.
     
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    I was used to 7.25 or 7.5, whichever was the common fender radius. I love the chording and thumb-over feel of that radius. But then I got used to the modern 9.5 and Agile 13.5, Gibson 12, etc.
    I dont remember having trouble fretting out, but I rarely went above 17th fret. Hendrix sure didnt seem to have any trouble.
    I ought to get another 7.25 strat neck as I have none anymore.
     
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    Fret board radius and neck thickness mean little to me.
     
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    I play lots of different radiuses (radius'? Radii?) I find it does change what you play and how it feels. Cowboy chorus on a flat radius can get tiring but I can play all day on a 9" radius maybe 2 days on a 7. But awkward for lead work for me
    I find a 12' radius works well overall.
     
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    I have found that the radius of the frets can vary on the same guitar, I don't understand this or how it happens but my gauges tell me its true on more than one guitar that I own. I think this is an interesting subject worthy of a deep investigation. :confused2:
    Still I can and do play them all without to much of a problem. I do however wonder why acoustic guitar are so much harder to fret than electric which I believe has more to do with the scale. I believe that a PRS scale length is close to that of a typical acoustic but the PRS is much easier to play.
     
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    Check it out.
     
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    Rollin Hand Well-Known Member

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    Basically, to me any radius above 9.5 is fine. I love compound radii (the current EVH nexks are wonderful). But if that neck has wide shoulders, like a D-shape vs a C, I like it a lot less.
     
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    I have guitars with 7.25 to 16. No issues with any of them. Neck thickness and profile are more important to me.
     
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    When I was younger, I liked the 7.25" and 9.5" radii, but as I've aged, 12" thru 16" suit me a whole lot better. Once it gets much past 12, they all feel pretty flat and comfortable to me. As a result, I'm sad to say my old #1 guitar, my 1968 Tele, stays in the vault. The 7.25" radius and slim neck just do not work for me anymore. Someday I'll get a proper neck for it. I immediately cast aside my Squire Jaguar (9.5" radius and 24" scale) that I got in a trade. I like short scale guitars, but I pretty much hate that one. Something about that set-up just feels all wrong - it makes me fret between the strings and miss the frets.
     
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    helsinkirocks Well-Known Member

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    I don't like the 7.25 very much, but anything other than that i dont mind too much
     
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    I don't understand the focus on radius numbers per se. Pick up a guitar and if it feels good as you test your style of play ..that's all you need. Even when I've purchased sight unseen, I've adjusted to different neck sizes, radiuses (radii?) without much trouble.
     
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    The two things that I've always been important to me is the neck profile and the neck width.
    I prefer slim taper necks over the baseball bats, and I prefer C and V profile necks over a D profile. as long as the width doesn't make the neck feel like a toy I can go with it.
    As far as the radius goes, I really never even notice
     
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