Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Bismarck, ND, USA
Re: Multi Radius ? ... and trying to date my fresh BTB JS1000
I'll edit this and see if it makes more sense.
"... a "compound" radius [the fret board itself, not the back of the neck] means you have a small radius at the nut and a large radius at the end of the fingerboard, this makes gripping chords in the low register more comfortable and eliminates "choking" in the high register while still allowing low action."
This is the correct def. of compound radius. It does actually make the guitar easier to play in the upper register. But were not worried about this in this topic, since Ibanez doesn't do this.
Here is what your looking for regarding the JSs.
"...our multi radius definition means that the bass and treble side of the back of the neck are not identical, the neck shape is intentionally "lop-sided" in order to replicate the feel of Joe's favorite neck."
So, if you have a neck that has a "C" shape to the back, and then it's multi radiused, one side is flatter then the other. This was done using a digital rendering of a neck Satriani had used for years. Naturally, it was more worn on one side then the other, hense the "multi radius" neck. Stupid and confusing name, but that's what they picked...