Fretboard Radius Confusion.

Discussion in 'Restoration & Repair' started by Tore Brennslett, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Tore Brennslett

    Tore Brennslett New Member

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    Hi!
    This is my first question on this forum, but I have read a lot!☺
    My "simple" problem is, I am trying to fix a Crucianelli semi acoustic, and it needs refretting. That might work out fine, but my cauls start at 7-1/4" and the fretboard has something between 5,5 and 6" radius. I don't know if it's original or if somebody did alter the radius. The frets were filed all the way down, so it has been "worked" on. I must hereby ask what you recommend, shall I leave it that way or sand it to 7-1/4" so it fits the caul? Or make a custom caul?
    Regards, Tore from Norway.
     
  2. Palle Clausen

    Palle Clausen New Member

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    Are you referring to the fret press caul? You can get e.g. 6" fret press cauls or you can just make your own from a piece of brass or hardwood.
    When I need to refret odd radiused fretboards, I just bend the fretswire to a slightly tighter radius that then fretboard and hammer them in, instead of pressing them in.
     
  3. bruce bennett

    bruce bennett Active Member

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    if you plan to do any string bending on this guitar, then I would go with a 12" radius or even better a compound.
    5.5 or even a 7.25 is not condusive to modern playing styles. Even Fender has gotten away from the 7.25 radius these days. JMHO

    But you can certainly change the radius to anything you want.
    I don't think I've ever heard of anyone paying "real Money" for a Crucianelli so I wouldn't worry about "restoration values" too much and a great "playing" guitar has its own value anyway.
     
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  4. Marshall DeWitt

    Marshall DeWitt New Member

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    Personally, I would not change the radius. I would just make a new caul and make sure the neck is straight before leveling the new frets. Just my thoughts.
     
  5. GuitarBuilder

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    As said above, make a new 6" caul.
     

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