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Fretboard radius

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by JOL013, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. JOL013


    Aug 31, 2013
    Hello all! So first off, please excuse me if I posted this in the wrong forum, this is my second post and I'm not sure my way around the site quite yet.

    So I recently began playing an Ibanez BTB675 about 2 weeks ago, and have began experiencing a dull ache/pain in my fretting hand. Now before this bass, I was playing an Epiphone EB-0, which has a scale of 30.5 inches. The Ibanez BTB675 has a scale of 35 inches, so I thought that perhaps my hand was sore from having to adjust to the length of the scale, but after doing more research, and as my hand becomes sore, I found out that perhaps my hand is sore because of the...fretboard radius? The BTB675 has a fretboard radius of 15.75 inches, which is apparently very flat. I'm not sure what the fretboard radius of my EB-0 is, and I'm not sure how to measure it myself. Could my hand be sore because of the fretboard radius on my new bass? :meh:

    edit: I should specify the pain is on the same side as my ulna bone, it feels sore.
  2. Roaddog77


    Nov 11, 2011
    Are you bending strings a lot? I'd put money on the scale change. That's a very large change to get used to. One extreme to the other for bass.
  3. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    The tension/flexiblity of your chosen strings combined with your setup... neck relief/saddle height directly impact how hard your left hand works... more work... more pain.

    How's your setup?
  4. JOL013


    Aug 31, 2013
    I do bend the strings often, which takes quite some effort, and I'm using the standard setup that I received my bass in. The string gauge goes from .45 to .130". I haven't played with the action on it yet. Also the BTB675 is a five string whereas the EB-0 is a four. So that may also have something to do with it.

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