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Radius?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Brendan, Mar 26, 2001.


  1. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Could someone help me here...the concept confuses me profusely, and I can't figure out how it affects the neck. i know it was to do with the curve of the fretboard, but beyond, that...phssss. Thanks!
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    If it says somewhere 'fretboard radius xx inches" is means the the curve of the neck would fit the curve of a circle with that radius.
    The purpose of this curve is either that is allows certain playing techniques, e.g. bowing, or makes fretting notes easier, e.g. barre chords on a guitar.
    It's not that important on a bass, there are some basses that have an almost flat neck. Some guitars and basses have a so-called compound(?) radius fretboard, where the radius gets larger from the first fret to the last.
    That's all there is to it, as far as I know.
    I hope this answers your question, I'm not quite sure what you want to know exactly.
     
  3. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    something pretty close to that. Thanks!