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Body Radius on Slab P?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rip Topaz, Nov 20, 2012.


  1. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Anyone?
    Getting ready to start a 51 P build, and I need to know the body radius. I know there's at least a small radius, anyone know for sure what?
     
  2. Phendyr_Loon

    Phendyr_Loon Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    By "radius" are you referring to the forearm profile?

    Or are you thinking a radius like a Aerodyne model? To my knowledge the '51's didn't have this type of body, but that would sure lighten the bass and soften the feel of the body. Though it wouldn't be in keeping with vintage ascetics.
     
  3. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I mean the edge of the body. No contours, but the body edges are slightly rounded. How much?

    Not sure radius is the right term.
     
  4. lowfreqgeek

    lowfreqgeek

    Mar 15, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    Endorsing Artist: Regenerate Guitar Works, Honey Badger Pickups, Westone Audio
    Edge radius. I'm not certain, but it's maybe 3/16", or close to.
     
  5. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I know it's a lot smaller of a radius than what I'd normally use. I'm not aiming for EXACT, but I'd like to get as close as I can.
     
  6. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    I have only done a couple but I use a 3/8" for a 50's type P, 1/4" always seems too little.

    Check with John Kassel (johnk10 I believe, he is big into doing the Fender clones)
     
  7. Primakurtz

    Primakurtz Registered Nihilist Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Warmoth does 3/16 on their '51 bodies.
     
  8. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Thanks.