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Fingerboard Radius Choices

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by The Wrench, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. The Wrench

    The Wrench

    Feb 13, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Hi All!

    Let's say I have a "friend" who is ordering a Fender CS '64 Jazz. Obviously, these come with a 7.25" radius. Would it be a good idea, in order to achieve a lower action, to go with a 9.5" radius instead?

    I want, I mean my friend wants, to maintain that vintage feel, vibe, and tone. So, is there any overwhelming reason to go with the 9.5"? My friend (I got it right that time), is used to 7.25" radius on his Fender P's with the 1.75" nut, but recently pulled out his Stingray with a 9.5" (and 1.625" nut) and noticed a big difference. is that difference just due to paying a pro to set it up properly or is there an inherent "betterness" to the 9.5".

    Thanks, and be gentle...
  2. basmartin


    Aug 6, 2007
    With a 7.25" radius, the pole pices on the pickups under the A and D-strings needs to be raised because if the pickup is flat, the E and G-strings will be louder. That´s the only "con", I believe. A neck with 7.25" radius is quite comfortable to play, I think.
  3. A well set up 7.25" is as comfortable as a well set up 9" for me. With a wider neck like a 5 or 6 string I like a flatter radius but for a 4 string P either would be good for me. Maybe you should try it as is and then look at an aftermarket neck if you feel you might like flatter better?
  4. therex


    Jun 24, 2007
    if the fretboard is the same all around the board then it shouldnt matter for the action
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    flatter boards have an advantage for low action with string-bending, but for straight playing, it shouldn't be a big factor. (other than the pickup thing; i don't for the life of me know why all jazz bass pickups don't have raised middle magnets!)

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