#1
Ok well I'm currently getting my fretless epoxied,
and when I get it back I have to get it sanded to a proper radius, as it's getting set-up again.
Now, I have no clue about what radius to use.

The Jaco replica has a radius of 7.25" (184 mm), while the Geddy Lee (my other main bass has 9.5" (241 mm).
Which is more curved, and what would be a good choice to use?
My jazz is a custom warmoth, and I think it was sanded pretty flat.
Also, CAN I adjust the radius after it is already epoxied?
The only person I could find or trust who can epoxy is a boat salesman, and he is not one who works on instruments, so it radius adjustment would have to be after the fact.
Rig of Doom:
1. Custom Warmoth Fretless Jazz
2. Geddy Lee Jazz (backup)
3. Fender Precision
Through:
VOX Pathfinder Bass 10
Soon to run through:
Acoustic 360/361 rig
#2
The smaller the radius, the more rounded it is.

I vaguely recall hearing that a fretless board should be pretty flat, so a large radius would be best.
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#3
While it isn't entirely helpful, I'd just like to submit that I payed no attention to my fretboard's radius before or after I epoxied my neck and there was absolutely no noticeable difference in its playability afterwards. Fretting over a few mm's is understandable, but you know.. not the biggest of deals. I put on about 3 coats and I felt it didn't really affect anything. Really between coats you'd notice you don't need a ton..

I guess my best suggestion would be simply use the radius of the bass you are most comfortable playing with? If you're comfortable with both.. then you can't really miss? Not a big deal? Am I missing something? I would think you could adjust it afterwards.. but you'd scuff the epoxy pretty hard and have to put on another coat. But like I said, applied evenly a coat of epoxy isn't going to affect too many measurements. To be honest I think it would have been worth it (just as a project even) to do it yourself. Plenty of guides out there, was pretty fun!

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edit: Also, I do appreciate the fact that mine was just a cheapo bass but, I think the same things still apply
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Last edited by Gsaws at Aug 21, 2010,
#4
Thanks
I did try epoxying myself when I first got the neck, and it didn't turn out so well, I had to get it completely taken off, and until now it was bare wood.
Rig of Doom:
1. Custom Warmoth Fretless Jazz
2. Geddy Lee Jazz (backup)
3. Fender Precision
Through:
VOX Pathfinder Bass 10
Soon to run through:
Acoustic 360/361 rig