#1
hi,
i'm just wondering, does the neck radius (e.g. 9.5") apply the the width or length of the neck? because of the term "radius" id assume its about the width but i dont understaind how they measure it cos measuring around the whole width of the neck in a circle still wont give 9.5" let alone the whole diameter of 19".

could someone please explain?

thanks
#2
Radius is the lateral curvature of the fretboard. Look down your neck from the headstock or look up at the headstock from the bridge. You will notice that the fretboard is curved. If your guitar has a 9.5" radius, it might be a little harder to see but it's extremely noticeable on my guitar, which has an admittedly very small 7.5" radius.

It has nothing to do with the width or length of the neck.


edit: Ie. If you drew a circle with a radius of 9.5" and the curvature of that circle's circumference will be equal to the curvature of your fretboard.
Last edited by al112987 at Jan 29, 2012,
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Quote by al112987
Radius is the lateral curvature of the fretboard. Look down your neck from the headstock or look up at the headstock from the bridge. You will notice that the fretboard is curved. If your guitar has a 9.5" radius, it might be a little harder to see but it's extremely noticeable on my guitar, which has an admittedly very small 7.5" radius.

It has nothing to do with the width or length of the neck.


edit: Ie. If you drew a circle with a radius of 9.5" and the curvature of that circle's circumference will be equal to the curvature of your fretboard.


thanks! makes lots more sense now.
#5
Quote by al112987
edit: Ie. If you drew a circle with a radius of 9.5" and the curvature of that circle's circumference will be equal to the curvature of your fretboard.


It's actually a good idea to do this in practice as that piece of card can be quite handy when setting your action.