You could digitize two '05's and they'd be different because of all the hand sanding. I've had late model radii that were an exact match to the JS
, other than what I'd consider to be hand sanding. I have same year Radii that are more different than the JS
and Radius I had together. The basics are that the first ones from 87 had smaller cutaways (mostly on the treble side) and were said to be thicker, although I've never bothered to measure. Some appear thicker because the neck pocket isn't cut as deeply and the strings sit higher. Then by '88 they'd re-worked it (that's my favorite) where it seemed to stay until the 92-93 catalog when it seemed to merge with the JS
. That's what I think happened, toward the end they just unified the program. The JS
was always different from the Radius. It was never patterned exactly after a particular version of the Radius, or a combination of versions for that matter. The cutaways were different, mainly. But toward the end I think the Radius changed to match the JS
. (at least that was my experience)
I mainly judge Radii on the smoothness of the hand sanding now. I'm cool with all the versions, so long as they don't have hard angles showing where the curves meet the flat top. Check out Joe in the 2002 catalog holding a "crap-tacular" example of a JS2000, while the CG one on the page is near perfect. The white one in the photo is probaby a prototype, Rich once suggested it's possibly an LACS. Um..thanks anyway guys, I'll take one from the factory anyday.