Mustang Neck

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Mustang Neck

Post by Infliktor » Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:33 am

I have never been a fan nor play well on vintage frets.

What do you guys thing of a 7 1/4 radius with medium jumbo frets?

Or should I just go to 9 1/2 radius with the med jum's?

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Re: Mustang Neck

Post by 1946dodge » Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:16 pm

I have a 74 Strat that I never like playing. Then one day, 20 or so years after I bought it, the frets were worn so I decided to get it redone.
I found this guy who put jumbo frets on it, and reshaped the neck so it was the smaller original radius near the peg head, and flatter larger radius near the body.
They call this a compound radius, I guess.
NOW I have a good guitar.
Everyone's hands are different, and you should not hesitate to have a good luthier refret and reshape your neck so your hands are most comfortable.
It is your guitar, no one else's and you should treat it that way - do whatever to it (or have it done) that makes your playing experience the most pleasureable.

IN MY CASE I found the jumbos not only strengthened and corrected the neck (which had a slight annoying warp in the first place), but you get a nice tremolo (trill I guess it's called) with them.
You may like the mediums better. Why not try a few guitars in a store that have different fret sizes and see how it feels and how your own hand likes them?
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Re: Mustang Neck

Post by geoffreysnow » Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:01 pm

+1 try out some different necks with different specs to see what you like the best.  for me it's not vintage frets/radius

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Re: Mustang Neck

Post by luau » Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:14 pm

I think I'd be less concerned about the radius with bigger frets than I would be with the short scale. I don't think I would care for that as I feel a bit cramped on a 24" neck with vintage frets. That's just me though. As for the radius, I think that's kind of a non-issue.
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Re: Mustang Neck

Post by Infliktor » Sun Mar 25, 2007 4:12 pm

Shortscale is perfect for me!!!

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Re: Mustang Neck

Post by 1946dodge » Sun Mar 25, 2007 4:23 pm

Funny I have big shovel hands and short scale is fine with me too. Like I said, everyone's hands are different and he has to try to fit the guitar to his hands and not vice versa
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