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PostPosted: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 11:22am 
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Who's played one? Thoughts?

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PostPosted: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 11:33am 
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You mean fretboards that would be completely flat?


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Thunkful wrote:
You mean fretboards that would be completely flat?


I love the feel of a classical guitars fretboard. As close to flat as it gets,as far as I know.

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Yep...I mean completely flat.

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MetalHeadMike wrote:
Yep...I mean completely flat.

I'm currently having a custom guitar built by a local luthier that will have a 14" - 18" radius fretboard which probably is really close to being almost flat. I tested the same radius with the builder's other guitar and it was the best damn thing i've ever played, my fingers were flying on it.


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Thunkful wrote:
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Yep...I mean completely flat.

I'm currently having a custom guitar built by a local luthier that will have a 14" - 18" radius fretboard which probably is really close to being almost flat. I tested the same radius with the builder's other guitar and it was the best damn thing i've ever played, my fingers were flying on it.


Nice :thumbsup: Yeah...I came across a luthier that builds his guitars with a zero radius standard. I think I'd have to find a way to put my hands on that to see how it feels. His necks shapes are asymmetrical too.

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PostPosted: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 2:55pm 
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I have a Wayne that’s wide and pretty flat, I prefer 12” radius myself.


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My Mayones Regius has a 20” radius and it’s one of my favorites. I have no regrets trading my duvell for it


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I had an 8 string for a bit that had a completely flat board and honestly hated that guitar... it all comes down to personal preference though.


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I made one that was completely flat years ago. It was like the second neck I ever made so it had it's "issues" but my memories tells me I liked it once I put the right bridge on the guitar (it also needs to be flat) ... actually I think I need to make another one because I really like the feel of my classical guitar


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MetalHeadMike wrote:
Thunkful wrote:
MetalHeadMike wrote:
Yep...I mean completely flat.

I'm currently having a custom guitar built by a local luthier that will have a 14" - 18" radius fretboard which probably is really close to being almost flat. I tested the same radius with the builder's other guitar and it was the best damn thing i've ever played, my fingers were flying on it.


Nice :thumbsup: Yeah...I came across a luthier that builds his guitars with a zero radius standard. I think I'd have to find a way to put my hands on that to see how it feels. His necks shapes are asymmetrical too.

Yeah that's a good idea. Tastes can vary so much that it's almost best to feel one for yourself.


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braintheory wrote:
My Mayones Regius has a 20” radius and it’s one of my favorites. I have no regrets trading my duvell for it


Yep....I had a PRS Holcomb that was 20 and I liked it.

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I think the Shawn Lane Vigier has a zero radius fret board.

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JimmyBlind wrote:
I think the Shawn Lane Vigier has a zero radius fret board.


Interesting. I'll have to make it a point to see if I can find a guitar to try locally with a flat board. I got curious when I happened across this builder's site; just seemed odd and made me wonder what that'd be like to play on.

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I'll be that guy. Completely flat would be infinite radius, not zero...


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Classical and flamenco fretboards are flat but I have seen a couple with a radius. I tried one back when I played more classical and the radius just felt weird on a classical. I wonder if a flat electric would feel equally weird.

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jsp wrote:
I'll be that guy. Completely flat would be infinite radius, not zero...


Correct. Shorter the radius, the rounder the board. Bigger radius, more flat.


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mjtripper wrote:
Classical and flamenco fretboards are flat but I have seen a couple with a radius. I tried one back when I played more classical and the radius just felt weird on a classical. I wonder if a flat electric would feel equally weird.


yeah I seem to remember it feeling a little weird because the neck is so narrow (compared to a classical) ... I am making one now and am making it a little wider


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I hated all the basses I've played with flat fretboards.

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Indeed, the Vigier Shawn Lane signature has a flat radius. Might be hard to find one in the US but if you have the chance, trying one would probably be the best way for you to see how like it on an electric guitar. Personally, after playing many years on relatively flat radius necks (Ibanez 16"), I found that the ESP/Gibson 12" is much more comfortable and natural for my hands (fairly big hands).


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Yeah...I'd definitely have to try one first. What got me asking about this was I came across a builder (TK Instruments) who's work got my attention, and he states on his site that all his builds are come standard with a flat board "zero radius", as he calls it, board.

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