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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / What's your favorite neck radius?


usa metro detroit

Nov 13th, 2016 05:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

For years I’ve played compound radius necks and last year I picked up two Telecasters with 9.5 straight. For myself… I think this 9.5 radius might be the perfect radius. Very comfortable in a fender modern ‘C” with me… I think they play better than my compound radius necks.

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Axe Victim
Nov 14th, 2016 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Both of my Teles have 9.5 radius fretboards.

I do own 2 Strats and 1 on Charvel So Cal with compound radius fretboards and they are super comfortable.

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Nov 14th, 2016 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer a 9.5" radius on my Teles as well. As for the backside of the neck, I prefer soft V's so I'm not a big fan of the Fender Modern C shape as a first choice.

I have an Am Dlx strat with compound radius and V neck. I love the feel and shape of that one.

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Nov 14th, 2016 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Strat with a compound radius but not a big fan. My favorite radius is 7.25 and have it on one Strat and two Tele's. I'm OK with the 9.5 as well and 12" on on my Gibson's, etc.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Nov 14th, 2016 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I own various guitars with 9.5", 10" and 12".

If I had to pick, I'd say 9.5" but any of the above are really fine with me.

Switching from one to the next isn't a problem either. I think my brain & hands just re-calibrate after a bit of playing.

However, I did have a guitar that was a 15.75" R and that just didn't do it for me. Too flat. Sold it.

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Nov 14th, 2016 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

My favorite guitar is a 7.25 radius, but the frets were sculpted by a magician. I like a 9.5 or 10" radius for my mere mortal capabilities.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Nov 15th, 2016 12:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...but the frets were sculpted by a magician."

Anyone we know???

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Nov 15th, 2016 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

No, no one on board here. A highly regarded tech in the Detroit area.

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