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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tumbao, Oct 12, 2002.
Favorite FINGERBOARD RADIUS ?
20 inches - WARWICK
i like 'em flat.
so 18+ works for me~
Anybody know what the radius on a newer Ric 4003 is?
I prefer a compound radius.
7.5 at the nut ending at 25 at the body.
To me it feels more comfortable to have it a bit thicker at the nut and more flatter as you move up. But in general flatter is better
My MTD 535 is my most comfortable bass, but I'm not sure of the radius... I'm guessing in the 16" range as listed above.
That said, I enjoy playing other radii, ranging from my Fender RB5 to my Warwick SSI 5.
I think Luthier Michael Tobias designed the MTD basses with a more classic fingerboard radius than the former Tobias instruments...
I have a six string with a completely flat fingerboard. It seems odd at first, but you adapt really quickly and I find it helps me with chordal playing and string crosses.
This poll needs your opinion & few more votes!
If I were to build a 7+ strings bass, I would strongly consider going with a flat fingerboard...
I usually go for 16" on my 5 strings and a little more on 6ers.
I like the radius to be around 10", my Sadowsky is with 9", normally Roger makes them with 12", but I prefer the more curve/vintage fender feel, I think it fits better to my hands...I've played basses with more than 12" and the flat radius felt totally wrong, somehow a flat radius makes the neck feel wider...is the radius just a matter of feel, or does it affect the tone? I've heard that flat radius' make basses sound a bit more modern???
I love 'em wide and flat--Curbow is the feel that I like best. It seems to make more difference the more strings you have, but even on 4's I prefer a fairly flat radius.
actually, one of the (many) reasons that i prefer 5 and 6 strings is because in general they have flatter boards. i guess it wouldn't make sense to have a 4 string with a really big radius? dont' know, but i haven't seen any.
I like the flat fingerboard with my six string, and I like the more round fingerboard on my four string. I voted for the flat radius, but I like them both.
I generally like the feel of the compoubd radius. Who all does them on regular production basses?
My MTD635 is 10" @ the nut & 14" @ the 24th frett. Very comfortable, works for me...
I like 19" on all my basses.
My new FBB 6-string fretless will be 19" also.
I thought that MTD's were all 9" or 9 1/2" - I can't remember.
Devilman, Was yours custom or are Mike's 6 strings an exception to the 9"-9 1/2" norm for his other basses?
whenever I pick up a bass with a 7 ish inch radius, it melts into my hand and feels good. I'm fine with anything though.