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Your friend is absolutly right. The smaller the neck radius the more noticable the fretting out will be. 7.5 inches is a small radius. It's not a repairable thing just the nature of the beast. The only way to really beat it is with a bi radius fretboard. I will try to explain it like this. Fretboards sort of fall into two catagories. cylinders & cones. If you have a single radius you have a cylinder. If you have a bi radius , say 12 -16 radius you have a cone. Now to try and make my point if you were to take a round glass and put a straight edge straight up & down one side of the glass you would have complete contact of the straight edge the full height of the glass. Now if you were to hold that straight edge half way up the glass and rotate it left or right you would see how quickly most of the straight edge looses contact with the glass starting at the top and bottom of the glass and progressing to where you are holding the straight edge. Do the same with a cone and you will notice how much further you have to turn the straight edge before the straight edge looses contact with the glass. Now think of your strings as the straight edge and your neck/ frets as the glass. When you bend your strings you are doing the same thing as rotating the straight edge. The analogy would be that where the straight edge leaves the glass is where you fret out.

I hope that makes some kind of sense. .
 
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