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Posted on Question: creating the compound radius in a guitar fretboard, is there a jig?

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#1 posted 02-05-2018 12:06 AM

The only time I use compound radius is on a double bass FB. I rough them out on the jointer after being glued to the neck, I finish off with a plane and sanding blocks. These fbs are peculiar because the high point is the A string path. A bluegrass fingerboard is much flatter than an orchestral fb. I’m quite happy with a Gibson 12” radius for guitars and mandolins, low action without bottoming out on a bend. There are plenty of online tutes for compound guitar fbs.

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