12 Inch Radius Or Compound Stratocaster

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  1. Whisky Jack

    Whisky Jack New Member

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    As a (wanna be) Luthier, that is not a guitar player, I need opinions. The build I'm working on is of Stratocaster style design. With a 25 1/2 scale. For my fingerboard, should I go with the 12 inch radius? Or the Compound radius offered by Stew-Mac? I'm building this as a hobby piece. Fully understanding that as my first, it is likely to turn out as a piece of crap. However, should it turn out decent, which radius would be more desired by a player? Thanks in advance for input.
     
  2. mistermikev

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    I'd go compound mostly because I haven't tried one and want to. Also... just want to pitch a place that I really like that is a small mom and pop shop. I'd like to support them as much as possible: allenguitar. they have really nice fretboards for very reasonable prices. no compound tho.
     
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    What??!! Is Allen Guitars for real??!! Freaking Ebony fingerboards for $31.25? Stew-Mac is $54.60 for the same fingerboards! Okay. I'm sold on sending any business I can, their way. Back to said fingerboards. I want to go with compound radius, because what I've read about their "playability", makes a lot of sense. I just wonder how easy/difficult it would be for a player to adjust to the difference, of playing a compound radius fingerboard. Therefore, would it enhance a guitar's saleability, or lesson it??!! Anyway, thanks for your input. And for the mention of allenguitars.com.
     
  4. mistermikev

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    I've bought one ebony and one rosewood board from them and both were excellent quality. The downside to them is you pretty much have to call them as last I checked their paypal handshake was broken.
    afa radius...I recently built a slide guitar with no radius. it is surprisingly comfy. I have 20 or so guitars with a wide variety of radius, a jem with a compound. honestly never even knew the jem was compound.imo it's pretty easy to switch but you play diff on dif necks/radii/dimensions.
     

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