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So, I am going to have some necks made, radius opinions?

 
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Radius?
7.25?
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9.5"
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12"
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:06 pm    Post subject: So, I am going to have some necks made, radius opinions? Reply with quote

I am setting up a purchase from a local luthier I work with on a lot of projects. I am having a run of necks made, maple, big headstock, 24" scale, zero fret, gibson style nut. Last issue I am facing is what radius do I have them made in? My knee jerk is 7.25 but I know there is a ton of 9.5 and 12 fans out there. Any thoughts?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i much prefer 12" at the moment to get a nice low action. also, almost ALL shortscale necks are going to be 7.25" or 9.5" so some variation might be attractive to some people, like myself in fact! i think most people on SS like 7.25" though

are you looking to sell them? if so, would they be gloss, and what profile and nut width are you thinking?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, my job took an unfortunate turn and I took an early retirement bail out. I am going to be selling them. I can either have them glossed or unfinished. I prefer 12" radius myself too. Hmmmmm.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I gather, 7.25" seems to be an acquired taste. But it's not terribly common, and it's hard to come by at a reasonable price, so that may give you an advantage if you have a big pile of necks to sell. Personally, I prefer a 9.5" over a 12", but I play both.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I play all neck radius and get on with it.

If I had a gun to my head I would probably say 9.5 is my favourite.

If I was selling I guess 9.5 would probably be the best investment
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like 12" on gibson/shecter wide style d profile necks with big frets. very comfortable and natural for me. for a more narrower fretboard, I like a chunky neck and 9.5" medium fret is fine. I love the jagmaster conversion neck for this reason. fits my hand perfectly. 7.5" and chunky is fine with me too, but I choke out on bends a lot.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i voted 7.25 just because it seems kinda rare these days
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zero fret nice... all guitars should have this. Only thing I'd change about my telecasters.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm dying to try a 7.23 to 9.5 compound radius. I love 7.25 for comfort but like a low action and bends too. a 7.25 - 12 would be an interesting experiment
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dezb1 wrote:
Zero fret nice... all guitars should have this. Only thing I'd change about my telecasters.


Yeah, I just don't get why they are not more prevalent.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like them too. But maybe best if made with fret material a little harder to keep from groves getting worn in them. Maybe that is why, easier to nock out a nut then pull a worn zero fret? I don't know just spit balling.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cur wrote:
I like 12" on gibson/shecter wide style d profile necks with big frets. very comfortable and natural for me. for a more narrower fretboard, I like a chunky neck and 9.5" medium fret is fine. I love the jagmaster conversion neck for this reason. fits my hand perfectly. 7.5" and chunky is fine with me too, but I choke out on bends a lot.

Yes on the flat radius and profile with big frets and wide nut. I think that's my jam at the moment
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's my jam too. The Vista MM has a really nice spacing. I have been rocking a pank one I nabbed from Blane.
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