What radius is a Fender neck?

Today, most Fender electric instruments use one of two main fingerboard radius measurements. Most prevalent is the modern 9.5” radius (241mm), which was adopted in the 1980s and is now found on about two thirds of Fender electric instruments.

What is the neck radius of a Fender P bass?

The Player Precision Bass received new Alnico V pickups, modern C-shaped neck with a contemporary 9.5″ fingerboard radius, synthetic bone nut, new Fender standard open-gear tuners and a choice of Pau Ferro or Maple fretboards.

How do you find the radius of a bass neck?

How to measure the fretboard radius

  1. Find the guitar radius gauge that matches the arc (or radius) of your neck.
  2. Use a ruler graduated in 32nds or 64ths of an inch to measure the height of the top and bottom E strings.
  3. Set the gauge on top of the strings next to the bridge.

How wide is the neck of a bass?

For this reason, Precision-style (1.625″ wide nut) and Rickenbacker-style bass guitars are often preferred over thinner Jazz bass necks (1.5″ nut width). 5-string basses are also favored for big hands for the same reason, as their wider necks with 19mm spacing feel quite comfortable for larger hands.

Which neck radius is easiest?

A rounder radius of 9.5 to 10 inches is popular for open position chords. A flatter radius of 12 to 16 inches is popular for guitar soloing and bending notes. A compound radius offers both, starting rounder in open position and flattening out as you move higher up the neck.

How thick is a bass neck?

In the beginning of the electric bass, Fender came up with a pretty fat neck on the ’51 P bass (shape: thick C, radius: 7.25″, nut width: 44.5 mm), while the ’60s Jazz had a much thinner neck (shape: C, radius: 10″, nut width: 38.1 mm).

Is a bass neck longer than a guitar neck?

A bass guitar has a longer neck compared to the acoustic or electric guitar because in order to produce the low notes desired, the guitar needs thicker strings over a longer distance so that sound waves of lower frequency have the room they need to travel.

Does fretboard radius really matter?

A more rounded fretboard makes playing barre chords much easier, at the expense of making bending more difficult. The higher action required requires more left hand effort to play, but in many instances is preferred by fingerstyle and slide players.