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    Compound Radius and bridges

    So I have been doing a little research and seem to be going down a rabbit hole. I wanted to change a TOM bridge on a Jackson with a 12-16" radius however I cant seem to find one with the same radius or one that will work, would a "normal" TOM bridge work or would I find a difference in the feel.
    Has anybody any information or had experience in this ?

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    Tune O Matics are classically radius'd to 12" to match the standard Gibson radius.

    Some companies may offer a 16" radius TOM, but I'm not up to date with that as it's not something that comes up.

    You may need to just buy a 12" one and file the inner 4 saddles so that strings sit in the correct 16" radius to match your board.
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    Not a Rocka thread?

    Typically, you want the bridge radius to match the radius at the headstock end of the fretboard, not the other way around.
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    ^

    Not on a compound radius fingerboard, though: the radius at the nut will be different that the radius at the bridge.

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    Keep in mind that past the last fret on a compound radius, the radius should continue to flatten. So like on a 12-16 your bridge should be flatter then 16. Think of your strings on a compound radius as making a cone shape.

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    ITT Donnie dropping the math. Came here to say that. if you're at 12" at the headstock, and 16 at the 24th, the radius at the bridge would be ~17.3". A 16" Tom is probably gonna be as close as you get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    Not a Rocka thread?

    Typically, you want the bridge radius to match the radius at the headstock end of the fretboard, not the other way around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonBot View Post
    Keep in mind that past the last fret on a compound radius, the radius should continue to flatten. So like on a 12-16 your bridge should be flatter then 16. Think of your strings on a compound radius as making a cone shape.
    This is correct.




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