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Basses with 7.25" (or close) radius?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MUSHROOMSeAcOw, Aug 2, 2012.



    Aug 1, 2010
    I figured out a few months ago that smaller, vintage radiused fretboards are so much confide for my fretting hand. The vintage radius and thicker neck is a big part of why I got my Marcus Miller jazz a few months ago; it is just so damn comfortable to play.

    Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I traded a pair of unused instruments for an MIM fretless jazz. It's tone is passable (not exceptional but very usable and band friendly), but it is not a very comfy neck for me. Part of it is that MIM necks have never felt very good to me (why is there a skunk stripe on a rosewood-boarded neck?), but I've noticed that my other 9.5" basses don't feel as good to me anymore either.

    I've been looking around, just out of curiosity, for other basses that have a rounder radius on the fb. Besides real vintage Fenders and reissues, what options are there? Are there any other lovers of a rounder fretboard?
  2. p5string


    Aug 21, 2004
    Webster, NY
    Lakland USA Daryl Jones 4 string
  3. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Check out Suhr guitars. Very nice and anything other than a vintage radius is a custom order. Greg over at Rocketmusic usually has a few.


    Aug 1, 2010
    Is 7.25" an option on any other US Lakland? Would they do it custom for a fee?
  5. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    G&L offers a 7.5" radius on their US models.

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