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    Re-Radiusing a neck

    I have had this Strat for quite some time now. I don't play it much because I dislike the flat 12 inch radius it has. So I decided to pull the frets & go at it. My favorite Fender radius is a 7.25 like the originals so that's what it's going to get. Now is the perfect time to replace the ugly plastic marker's as well so I will do that to. I have glow in the dark side markers coming. There's lots to do before then so here goes. I have big plans for this guitar so I will keep you posted.
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    This is as far as I got today. It's ready to start fretting. All in so far including the fret removal I'm about 4 hours. I get a little faster at this everyone I do now. Maybe if this cold I got let's up a little I'll start fretting tomorrow.
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    cool project- did Fender ever manke a 12" radius strat neck???

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    I don't think so. This is an aftermarket neck. They might have on one of the shredder Strat's in the 90s. When there that flat I feel like I'm playing on a plank.
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    How come you got a 12" neck in the first place (I have to ask)

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    I ordered a different one on eBay originally & the off shore vendor sent me a piece of crap. I fought with them for a couple months at least until I finally said just send something your proud of not a piece of firewood. Begrudgingly they sent me a pretty nice neck but it had that 12 inch radius. At that point I was just happy to get a decent part out of them. I didn't know how to fix a radius then so I just used it the way it was.
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    Well beyond my capabilities--so cool to see the pictures for it.
    I don't really have a radius preference--so I don't know that I would need to do that.
    But would have to have someone else do it---real cool that you can do it yourself though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keletcaster View Post
    I ordered a different one on eBay originally & the off shore vendor sent me a piece of crap. I fought with them for a couple months at least until I finally said just send something your proud of not a piece of firewood. Begrudgingly they sent me a pretty nice neck but it had that 12 inch radius. At that point I was just happy to get a decent part out of them. I didn't know how to fix a radius then so I just used it the way it was.
    Interesting- and like I said 12" is a really odd choice for a bolt on neck

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    Some people like them & I'm not sure how neck attachment method really affect fretboard radius...
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    Shredders seem to favor flatter fretboard's. Today I went at fretting this neck. I have now done this about a dozen times so I have picked up a few tricks on my own as well as on line. One is from Crimson Guitars where the fret slot is cut way deeper than the fret tang is so you fill the fret slot with No More Nails. This does a couple things. One is there is a lot of luthier 's that put super glue in the slot to ensure that the frets don't lift. This works well but if anyone ever wants to refret that neck in the future the board would be most likely destroyed pulling those frets out tearing out chips on the fretboard with the fret. No More Nails holds well but release's a lot easier then super glue. Also the Void in the fret slot actually is a weak spot & makes the neck more susceptible to temperature change & the claim is that it makes it more stable for tuning. Another thing is that I have cleaned the slots right out before removing what ever the factory uses to seal the ends of the fret slots. I have never been overly happy about how it looked when I plugged the side so I avoid removing the sides now & cut the fret tangs to fit perfectly between the factory sealed ends. One more is I bend a peak in the fret because getting the sides of the frets to sit flat is harder than getting the middle to sit down. The peak makes the fret ends be the 1st contact points and they sit down right with no effort at all. The last trick is I put a slight bend downward on the overhanging fret ends to help tame the sharp sides of the frets making them easier to dress. This turned out great cleaning up the sharp ends took less than an hour.
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