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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-19-2019, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Fretboard radius for vintage Ibanez 'Gibson' copy?

Does anyone know what the fretboard radius is for a 1977 Ibanez 2650?
It's a really sweet Les Paul Custom (black w/gold hardware), NOT a bolt-on.
I'm thinking it's probably 12".....like a Gibson.

Why am I asking?

It was recently re-fretted.
The radius is now at 9.25".

To say I'm pissed would be an understatement.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-20-2019, 10:23 AM
 
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Re: Fretoard radius for vintage Ibanez 'Gibson' copy?

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Does anyone know what the fretboard radius is for a 1977 Ibanez 2650?
It's a really sweet Les Paul Custom (black w/gold hardware), NOT a bolt-on.
I'm thinking it's probably 12".....like a Gibson.

Why am I asking?

It was recently re-fretted.
The radius is now at 9.25".

To say I'm pissed would be an understatement.

Cool guitar! Definitely not 9.25... Looks more like 12 or so by eyeballing one. Why would someone change the radius during a refret? I just had my old LP done a while back and it really changed the feel of it, but not the radius.
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Re: Fretoard radius for vintage Ibanez 'Gibson' copy?

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Why would someone change the radius during a refret?
I have no idea.
The tech swears he didn't alter the radius.

In the 1970's, Ibanez went to great lengths to copy Gibson's guitars.
It makes no sense that they'd get every detail right, and then choose a different radius than Gibson's 12".

I've owned this axe since 1978........my favorite out of all my axes.
And now it's entire personality has been altered.
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Re: Fretoard radius for vintage Ibanez 'Gibson' copy?

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I have no idea.
The tech swears he didn't alter the radius.

In the 1970's, Ibanez went to great lengths to copy Gibson's guitars.
It makes no sense that they'd get every detail right, and then choose a different radius than Gibson's 12".

I've owned this axe since 1978........my favorite out of all my axes.
And now it's entire personality has been altered.

Yeah, it doesn't make sense for the tech to do something like that. I can only say that my old '76 LP had no frets left and played like butter. I finally shelled out the $$ for a refret and now it hangs on the wall and never gets played. It's just not the same guitar that I had played for 20 years. Weird, but maybe someday I'll get used to it again... Not saying that is what is going on in your case, but that was my experience.
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