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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / 9.5 or 7.25



May 17th, 2016 09:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

With my new custom build I am considering a 7.25 radius neck.

I have a NOS 69 from 2006 and I think it has a 7.25 neck but how can I find out for sure? is there a way I can find out the specs of my guitar from the serial number? is there a website that I can enter it into?

I wonder if I have been playing 7.25 all these years anyway.

I like to play Hendrix etc so I bend a lot...I suppose a good setup on 7.25 works well.


Land Of 1000 Dances

Do you know how to Pony?
Jun 29th, 2016 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Send an email with the serial number to Fender at consumerrelations@fender.com

They will send you all the specs.

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Jun 30th, 2016 06:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

you could just buy some fret board radius gauges and find out yourself


United Kingdom

Jul 1st, 2016 08:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm sure sometimes it depends on the guitar. I had a 7.25 Tele that had great action- med-low and it never chocked out; that was with vintage frets as well. I have several 9.5s that have to have a higher action as they do choke if I try to get it the same as that Tele (plus the 9.5 have 6105 frets!)

It's never made sense to me. Having to have the action higher has served me well though and improved my tone.

old time fender player

United States

Sep 7th, 2016 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

if the guitar is setup correctly there is no problem with a 7.25 radius

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So. Cal. USA

Sep 7th, 2016 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really like chording on the 7.25. The guitar is much easier to play IMO. I like my action higher than basement so vintage radius works for me.

If you can't get a 9.5 or 10" down in the basement there is usually a high fret up one from the fretted note. Relief, wear and heal rise are factors as well.

A radius gage can be made from a piece of heavy paper or light cardboard using a compass, a ruler and a pair of scissors. Mark two dots 7 1/4" apart, place the point of the compass in one and score an arc at the second. Cut along your arc line and you got it!

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Sep 7th, 2016 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ ^ ^
THAT is the perfect advice.

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