Tuesday, 14 June 2016
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Hey Sheldon, Silly question. What is the point of having a radius on electric basses? I get that Fender Ps and Js have always had a radius but why have a radius on more modern basses like your instruments? Why are there not more basses with a zero radius? How do you feel about basses with flat fingerboards compared to basses with a compound radius like your basses? Thanks for your help, Sheldon. If anyone else would like to chime in, please feel free to share your experience/opinion. Thanks
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I have played one bass with a close to zero "flat" fretboard and can honestly report it was difficult, but not impossible to navigate. I can see where someone might prefer it, but for me, I will stick to my favorite, the Dingwall Z neck profile!
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A lot of guys like a flat fretboard. We set the action to reference the gap between the fret and string bottom. In this case the tops of the strings would form a concave arc. This may or may not be comfortable. When I studied piano as a kid I was taught that it's easier on your fingers if they are curved when playing rather than straight. I don't know if this is true or not but we've tried to make the radius at the nut as small as possible to encourage a more curved finger position in the lower frets where your arm is extended the most. Lastly the reason V4 Combustion necks feel so much sleeker than V3 necks is because we tightened the radius of the fretboard. The carve is the same on both necks but the tighter radius makes the V4 necks feel much more slender and comfortable.
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