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Flat radius fingerboards- who loves em????

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by THIRSTYGUMS, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. Who loves their flat radius fingerboards and what can you tell me about them? feel, looks, action e.t.c:confused:
  2. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    I like flat boards.
    There's not much to tell. Mechanically, they make it easier to have an even action, which may or may not be of your liking. There is no difference in looks, at least not from any view except the players.
    Feel...well, there is a slight difference from a Fender sharp 7" radius... Compared to a 12" or more, I don't feel a difference. If you are used to 10" or less, you may need a week to get used to the new way of finding the right string - i.e. if you locate the strings visually, if not there's no problem.
  3. if you play acoustic, pick up a classical guitar, it's alot the same (except classicals tend to be wider and have a higher action aswell). some people really do prefer playing them, there's not too much difference IMO, unless you're trying to bow your bass. :smug:
  4. mahrous


    Aug 13, 2005
    as far as i know, standup basses have flat fretboards. the bridge curvature is what makes probably makes it feel like its curved and thats why u can use a bow.

    i like and make flat radiused fretboards (probably coz they are easier). i played steep radius fretboards (4stringers), larger radius fretboards (5stringers) and almost flat fretboards (5stringer MTD). i think the MTD the easiest to play (thats the only reason its still unsold).

    its a matter of taste really :)
  5. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    Woah there, back up.
    Uprights certainly do not have flat fretboards.
    Mine's a few states away at the moment or I'd take some pics and show you.

  6. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Double basses usually have a fingerboard radius of about 3" (3.1"???) IIRC.
  7. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    agreed the radius on my DB fretboard is FAAAAAAR from flat. But for an electric bass, i dont really have a preference, a fender with a 7 1/4 feels just as good as a 12" radius. I dont think i have ever played a bass with no radius, but i have played classical guitars with no radius and dont mind the feel of them. Dont know how well that transfers to bass terms though.
  8. mahrous


    Aug 13, 2005
    eeek! my bad. you are correct
  9. me likes flat fretboards. But this is mostly personal preference and habits..

    With a smaller radius(i.e. my Fender Aerodyne) you can not set the pickup height evenly for all strings on bridge(J). You have to compromise from low action of outer strings(E and especially G).. I find flatter radius easier for tapping too.

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