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    I'm currently in the process of purchasing components to build my strat project and have a couple of questions for you seasoned builders. When ordering a truss rod, specifically the hot-rod 2-way adjustable for stew-mac, is it advisable to get the 1/8" or the 1/4"?

    Fretwire. What are your preferences on fretwire?

    And, if you don't mind, have any of you built a guitar with a compound radius fretboard? Any general opinions on compound radius?

    Thanks!

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    I'm currently in the process of purchasing components to build my strat project and have a couple of questions for you seasoned builders. When ordering a truss rod, specifically the hot-rod 2-way adjustable for stew-mac, is it advisable to get the 1/8" or the 1/4"?

    Fretwire. What are your preferences on fretwire?

    And, if you don't mind, have any of you built a guitar with a compound radius fretboard? Any general opinions on compound radius?

    Thanks!


    I buy the 1/8". The rods are the same, its the diameter of the head, the part that accepts the Allen wrench/key for adustment. I find the 1/8 more than adequate and easier to bury in the headstock (since it is just a little wider than the rod itself).

    I love the Stewmac "medium/higher" wire after trying both larger and smaller wire. Its a not as wide as jumbo, but as tall. Lots of meat for a redress later on.

    Yes, its not that difficult. You just have to sand the board to varying radii along the way. You can do it with a flat block and radius guages. Its subtle and not that much material has to be removed.

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      I buy the 1/8". The rods are the same, its the diameter of the head, the part that accepts the Allen wrench/key for adustment. I find the 1/8 more than adequate and easier to bury in the headstock (since it is just a little wider than the rod itself).

      I love the Stewmac "medium/higher" wire after trying both larger and smaller wire. Its a not as wide as jumbo, but as tall. Lots of meat for a redress later on.

      Yes, its not that difficult. You just have to sand the board to varying radii along the way. You can do it with a flat block and radius guages. Its subtle and not that much material has to be removed.

      AJC


      A.J. is about the best one to ask.

      I love compound radius fingerboards, but that is probably the only part of any build I dont like to do myself.

      I just order them already shaped and slotted from Stewmac, but I do love them.

      I certainly wouldnt want to discourage you from trying to make your own, but was unsure form your post if you were including the actuall making of a compound radius board as opposed to just getting oppinions on whether people liked thm of not.

      Anyway, good luck, and HCEG law says, you must post a thread documenting the build proccess with plenty of pics.

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        A.J. is about the best one to ask.

        I love compound radius fingerboards, but that is probably the only part of any build I dont like to do myself.

        I just order them already shaped and slotted from Stewmac, but I do love them.

        I certainly wouldnt want to discourage you from trying to make your own, but was unsure form your post if you were including the actuall making of a compound radius board as opposed to just getting oppinions on whether people liked thm of not.

        Anyway, good luck, and HCEG law says, you must post a thread documenting the build proccess with plenty of pics.


        Yes sir! I am a law-abiding citizen:thu: Yeah, I'm planning on purchasing a pre-slotted pre-radiused board from stew-mac. Plus, I wanted to hear some opinions in general. Thanks!

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          1/8" is probably best for electrics. I've used them several times with no problems, and at this point I use the Spoke nut version wherever I can.
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