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Vintage Jazz Radius Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Feb 15, 2014.


  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I know that in the 60s, the Jazz had a round radius and at some point in the 70s, they moved to a flatter radius. Does anybody know when that transition occurred?
     
  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    AFAIK the 70's instruments still had the 7.25" radius unless there's something I've never seen. they did start using larger fret wire in the mid-late 60's but that's the only changes that i'm aware of besides some changes in the rear of the neck profiles.
     
  3. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

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    +1!
     
  4. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

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    They were all 7.25" radius (as far as I know, ALL the instruments made in the US, 'though it's possible the short-lived Archtops like the LTD and perhaps the flat-top acoustics) until they introduced the Standard and Elites in '82.
     
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  6. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

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    I had one early 60s jazz and have had several 70s era. The 60s era jazz had a very different neck profile. The 60s had a very thick neck front to back and the back was very rounded (a deep C). My 70s era jazz basses had more of a shallow D profile. Thinner front to back.

    Maybe because of the vastly different neck profiles, I thought the radiuses were different too.
     
  7. Mr_Dave

    Mr_Dave Supporting Member

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    Radius is used to describe the curve on the fretboard itself which is 7.25" for all 60s and 70s Fenders, neck profile is a totally different thing and did vary...
     

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