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Ok, I have been wondering this for a while. So If I have a 7.5" radius strat neck for example, and i dislike that radius is it possible to refret the guitar with frets that are like 12" or 16" radius? Is it the frets that decide the radius or the fingerboard? when you buy frets do you choose radius? or do you have to shape the frets to the neck? So basically I want to know if i can take a fretboard with 7.5" radius and refret it to make it have a 12" or 16" radius... thanks!

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Ok, I have been wondering this for a while. So If I have a 7.5" radius strat neck for example, and i dislike that radius is it possible to refret the guitar with frets that are like 12" or 16" radius? Is it the frets that decide the radius or the fingerboard? when you buy frets do you choose radius? or do you have to shape the frets to the neck? So basically I want to know if i can take a fretboard with 7.5" radius and refret it to make it have a 12" or 16" radius... thanks!

The radius is determined by the fretboard. If you want to change the radius on your guitar, pull out all of the frets, re-radius the fretboard and install new frets. Simple, eh?

:D

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Ok, I have been wondering this for a while. So If I have a 7.5" radius strat neck for example, and i dislike that radius is it possible to refret the guitar with frets that are like 12" or 16" radius? Is it the frets that decide the radius or the fingerboard? when you buy frets do you choose radius? or do you have to shape the frets to the neck? So basically I want to know if i can take a fretboard with 7.5" radius and refret it to make it have a 12" or 16" radius... thanks!

The radius is determined by the fretboard. If you want to change the radius on your guitar, pull out all of the frets, re-radius the fretboard and install new frets. Simple, eh?

:D

are you serious? I thought that you could just put frets on with a different radius? not that i dont trust you but can someone else confirm that? very interesting... So how come you cannot do it like that anyways? :D

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Stew Mac makes an excellent book for beginner fretting. Seriously, look into it before you ever touch frets! Messing up a fret job can cause serious damage and in some cases can require a new fret board to fix the damage.

I've seen frets that have been forced into a radius that's different than the fret board. They have a ton of meat in the middle and very little on the ends. It looks ugly and plays ugly too!

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