Need to Measure Your Fretboard Radius--for Cheap?

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Need to Measure Your Fretboard Radius--for Cheap?

Post by Barry on Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:07 am

I posted this reference in the Mats forum and I thought the members here might appreciate it too:

Postby Barry on July 26th, 2010, 7:59 pm
I was wanting to determine the radius on one of my guitars recently, but I don't have any gauges. I know I could do the old pins in a stick trick to describe a series of arcs, but couldn't be bothered. And it sounded like work!
So I was looking about for alternatives--cheap alternatives.

I found this handy template which you might find useful. You can make up a couple of your own gauges which contain 8 different radii. Much easier to store for future use:
http://www.pickguardian.com/pickguardian/Images/Pickguardian%20Neck%20Radius%20Gauges.pdf

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Re: Need to Measure Your Fretboard Radius--for Cheap?

Post by corsair on Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:18 am

Done... thanks Barry!

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Re: Need to Measure Your Fretboard Radius--for Cheap?

Post by Westbone on Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:17 am

Have a look at these. Made of plasticated card.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ACOUSTIC-ELECTRIC-GUITAR-RADIUS-GAUGE-Nut-Saddle-/350100676786?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Guitar_Accessories&hash=item5183a060b2

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Post by bowenjaybee on Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:16 pm

hey Barry have you checked the Radius on your Westones? I would love to what they are...I've played bass for 20 years but have only just started learning about fretboard radius....I do know my spectrum series II bass is a very flat 14" radius but don't have a clue about my Thunder or my Spectrum guitars.... the spectrum guitar board is very rounded so it must be a 7.25 or 9.5 it feels very nice.... I'm not too keen on flat fret boards at all

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Re: Need to Measure Your Fretboard Radius--for Cheap?

Post by Barry on Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:40 pm

No, that's one thing that I haven't got around to doing yet, on any of the herd! But I think you may be right guessing 9.5"...that's kinda Strat'ish territory. Jesper might know since he's always re-fretting something, or someone??? Laughing

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Re: Need to Measure Your Fretboard Radius--for Cheap?

Post by Racing on Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:42 am

Nope.Sorry.
Never done a thunder or spectrum.

7.25 tho i doubt.Thatīs pretty rare for the japs.

9.5/10/12 are the most common.

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Re: Need to Measure Your Fretboard Radius--for Cheap?

Post by Westbone on Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:54 am

9.5 on a '83 Thunder 1

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