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12" radius Jazz fretboard???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frits51, Oct 8, 2013.


  1. frits51

    frits51 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2011
    Heath, Texas
    Bought a 2007, Indonesian Squier Jazz, Standard series, rosewood board. It has an IC07xxxxx serial number.

    I stuck the 9.5" gage on it first and it was clearly not 9.5"... too flat. Went to a 10"... no. Finally, the 12" gage fits perfectly.

    I have never read of this.

    Every ad for a used Jazz that mentions fretboard radius says it's 9.5". All of the Fender spec pages say 9.5".

    What did I buy? What's with the 12" radius?
     
  2. megafiddle

    megafiddle

    May 25, 2011
    Did you measure on the fretboard or on top of a fret?

    If it was on top of a fret, someone may have flattened the radius in the process
    of leveling, adding falloff, or modifying to compound radius.

    Is it the same at both ends of the neck?

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  3. frits51

    frits51 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2011
    Heath, Texas
    I measured the fretboard in several places, top to bottom.

    It's a 12" radius everywhere.
     
  4. megafiddle

    megafiddle

    May 25, 2011
    What kind of gauges did you use?

    Commercial metal gauges should be accurate.
    Plastic gauges can be off, and "print your own" are likely off.

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  5. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    Some of the indo and weird foreign series fenders/squiers have flat boards like this. Nothing out of the ordinary.
     
  6. frits51

    frits51 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2011
    Heath, Texas
    I used stainless steel radius gages from Stew-Mac.
     
  7. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    All my jazz basses are 12 degree
     

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