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Radius help

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Scioto, Feb 6, 2014.


  1. Scioto

    Scioto

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    Hey, guys. I'm not sure if this is in the correct forum, however, I still want to ask...
    So, I have shortish fingers, and on some thicker necks have trouble playing well on the E string when I have to stretch when I'm playing lower on the fretboard. I have two basses that are available to me, one being a 12" radius and the other being a 9.5". Would the 9.5" neck be more comfortable for me to play? Is there a simple pro/con list to both? I'd appreciate any help I could get on this matter.
     
  2. fearceol

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    IMO the best thing to do is go to your local music store and try basses with 9.5 and 12 inch necks. There is no simple pro/con criteria. It is a matter of personal preference.

    Perhaps your technique could also be part of the problem/solution ?
     
  3. Toolmybass

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    +1
     
  4. Jensby design

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    I'm going to go ahead and say your technique may be the problem[​IMG]
    It's not the size that matters it's how you use it.
     
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  6. lz4005

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    Radius impacts feel and string bending but doesn't have much to do with reach in my experience. That's nut width.
     
  7. pfox14

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    You own basses with both radii, which one is more comfortable for you? Can't tell you what would work for you, since I'm not you.
     
  8. Wagz

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    Nut and bridge width. You'd want a narrower nut and a relatively narrow bridge if you want a tighter string spacing.
    Some bridges are adjustable for string spacing like the Schaller 2000 or the old Fender bridges with threaded saddles.
     

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