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How important is the finger board radio?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rgarcia26, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. rgarcia26


    Jun 9, 2008
    Miami Florida
    I got an fb from LMI slotted with no radio, I was wondering how good is the idea of using it just like that
  2. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Some people prefer a flat fingerboard (no radius), and some can't stand it.

    If you decide not to radius it, you will still want to sand the top, as it will have visible planer marks.
  3. Zoa


    Dec 28, 2009
    Well it lets you play entire songs, with complete vocals and instrumentation, without any practice at all, so I'd say it's pretty important.

    On the other hand, there is at least a 75% chance of those songs being either a) Modern club-pop crap, or b) Stairway to Heaven, so YMMV.
  4. rgarcia26


    Jun 9, 2008
    Miami Florida
    I have played classic guitars but I never seen before a bass guitar with no radio, anyways how different a 12" radio will be when compare to an 0" one.
  5. Porkbun


    Mar 10, 2010
    Stamford, CT
    I prefer flat because I can get ultra low action
  6. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    A bit like this:


    (shown as a 1/4"x3" fingerboard cross section)
  7. HogieWan


    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    Zero radius does not make it easier or harder to get low action
  8. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    Does he mean Ratio or Radius?
    I'm confused.
  9. Porkbun


    Mar 10, 2010
    Stamford, CT
    Would this count as the placebo affect? :rollno:
  10. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    *cough*infinite radius*cough*
  11. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    I love my finger board radio. it gets all the stations i like. so it's very important to me!

  12. Best radio for metal?
  13. One with dead batteries.
  14. crobasster


    Jun 16, 2009
    I play classical guitar,but never thought of non radius bass fretboard.I think it would be interested,must try.
  15. Smilodon

    Smilodon Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2012
    1: It's "radius" not "Radio". A radius is a part of a circle, a radio is for receiving broadcasts.

    2: You can't have a fretboard (or anything) with no radius. It will be infinite radius. If something have NO radius it would consist of nothing at all.

    3: You don't need a radius on your fretboard. It's simply a matter of taste. Just be aware that on some bridges the inner strings can't be adjusted as low as the outer strings. Something to check before you decide. :)
  16. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    1 We should consider every post on the basis it may be typed on a smartphone.

    2 Should we name every straight line an infinite radius line now ?
  17. Smilodon

    Smilodon Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2012
    1: Smartphone keyboards also contain the letters "u" and "s".

    2: No, because a straight line is a line.

    3: I love numbering statements in posts. :D

    OK, I'll stop nitpicking now. :smug:
  18. I read something from Will Ramirez that he likes flat fingerboards. I have made a few and have a customer that loves them. The only problem I have had with them was that I left them at a 1/4 inch thick, which is what I would start with before doing the radius. Next time I do it, I will thin it down so the neck isn't so thick.
  19. Mine has an alarm clock radius. I love it for napping during boring songs.
  20. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    What kind of radio do you have in your pickup?

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