Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

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Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by Philipp Lerche » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:28 pm

Heyho luthiers ! :)

Do you have made or heard about a slightly radiused/curved fretboard on CG's like mentioned in the documentation about Sakurai ?
You can easily find the documentation in Jon's thread about japanese guitars viewtopic.php?f=11&t=111723&start=30

I am thinkling about trying it on my new build but when you guys tell me that this is not good, I would leave it straight.

Thx alot ^^
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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by Gordon Guttmann » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:16 pm

Hi Philipp

I sometimes will radius a fingerboard and feel I can get used to either flat or radiused. Both are good but different hands may want one or the other. I radius with a scraper blade before the board is cut to size to get an even curve at the edges.

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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by James Lister » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:23 am

I offer a radiussed fingerboard on my guitars. As long as the radius is not too tight, most (but not all) players will be fine with it.

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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by Philipp Lerche » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:50 am

Do you think it has the ergonomic benefits that Mr Sakurai mentioned ?
He said that it would be easier to play because of a more natural hand position.
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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by rinneby » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:48 pm

Philipp Lerche wrote:Do you think it has the ergonomic benefits that Mr Sakurai mentioned ?
He said that it would be easier to play because of a more natural hand position.
For some people yes, but not for all :) I like the playability of Sakurai guitars though. I'm glad you are into Japanese guitars by the way! Best of luck.

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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by kdwiklund » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:06 pm

Both of my David Pace guitars have a 30" radius. Very subtle, yet very effective.
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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by celestemcc » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:45 pm

My Connor has a subtle radius, very helpful, much better than dead-flat.
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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by es335 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:21 am

Philipp Lerche wrote:Do you think it has the ergonomic benefits that Mr Sakurai mentioned ?
He said that it would be easier to play because of a more natural hand position.
In 2006 I purchased a 2004 Sakurai-Kohno not knowing about all the tiny little things, Sakurai san disclosed in the video and which are dedicated to improve playability. My subjective impression was, why the hell did I tortured myself all the years with my previous guitar! :lol:

When I exchanged the previous guitar with a 1979 Yairi guitar for travel etc. it became obvious that this wow effect was not only related to the shorter scale! Wonder if her fingerboard might be radiused somehow because playabilty is really close to the Kohno irrispective of its 664 mm scale! :wink:

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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by Steve Toscano » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:13 am

I also offer a radiused fingerboard, but most customers seem to prefer flat.. The guitars i have made for myself have a radiused fingerboard as thats what i prefer to play on.

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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by Kintla » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:31 pm

Even though one of my guitars fretboard is radiussed and I have been playing it for years, I am still not sure how I feel about it. I think it helps barre's in general. It is all about what one gets used to I think. Kind of analagous to sound ports imo. If you like them fine, have one put on your guitar, but I just don't care for them. Each to their own I guess.

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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by Philipp Lerche » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:32 am

Alright ! Thanks alot guys, I pretty much got a impression of how a curved fret board works out.
I will defo try it in one of my crap guitars before including it on a new one to get a feeling about it.

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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by rinneby » Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:51 pm

Philipp Lerche wrote:Alright ! Thanks alot guys, I pretty much got a impression of how a curved fret board works out.
I will defo try it in one of my crap guitars before including it on a new one to get a feeling about it.

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Re: Slightly curved fretboard like Sakurai

Post by Grooveman JS » Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:57 am

Wow....been playing Sakurai & Kohno guitars all this while & wasn't even aware that the fingerboards are slightly radiused.....cool :bravo:
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