Changing a Fretboard Radius. Is it possible?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Clark Westfield, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central New Jersey
    I have an American Special Jazz bass with a 9.5" radius.

    Is it possible to change it to say a 12" or 16" radius without messing up the neck?

    Has anybody heard of this?

    My Schecter has a flatter 16" radius that I love death.

    Or should I just customize a Neck online from Warmouth?
  2. Is it possible, but to do it right means a whole re-fret. I'd suggest selling the bass and buying with the radius you like, or as you suggested, buying a warmoth neck.
  3. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Costwise, it would be about a $300 job by most Luthiers. That's assuming that there is enough thickness to the fingerboard that it doesn't need to be completely replaced. Not a big deal to do, technically. The marker inlays/dots may need to be replaced, depending on how thick they are.

    So, how much is the neck worth?
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