So I have made a deposit on a custom guitar, but there are a few items that I have yet to decide on the specifications of. Most important item of my concern is the fretboard radius. I have never owned a custom guitar before and am not even quite sure what my current guitars fretboard radii are.
Here are my questions regarding fretboard radii:
What are the benefits of playing on a flatter, or completely flat fretboard, aside from overall personal preference and feel, if any?
In opposition, are there any benefits to playing on a neck that is curved?
What measurement equates to a flat fretboard (ie- 16", what does this mean, what does it look like) and what measurements relate to a curved fretboard?
Last, can anybody link me to a site that better describes and maybe uses pictures as examples, relating to fretboard radii.
This is very much a personal preference type of question so the answers you get will be skewed towards the player.
These are all my opinion... I prefer a flatter board on a wide neck. 1.75" nut width with a 16" radius.
A flatter fretboard (16"-20") is faster playing and better for bending.
A more raidiused board has a vintage strat feel (7.25 - 9.75) and is better for chords.
A middle of the road radius has a gibson feel (10 - 12") and is better for all around work.
A completely flat fretboard is uncomfortable (think classical guitars).
Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts - Fingerboard Radius