Originally Posted by tele12
The JV does not have a wide neck. It has a "V" so the neck is deeper, because of the way the "V" is depending on where you rest your thumb the JV can feel bigger or smaller than average.
You are right. I looked them up and the JV and Cray strats are both 42 mm wide at the nut. I have played a JV and swore it felt wider--and I thought it was specced at 43 mm wide. In any case, I really liked that neck.
The Am Standard and its variants are 43 mm wide, which does make a difference. But I personally hate the thinness of those necks and would rather play a 42 mm neck that is beefier.
When splitting hairs on neck width--which I have done, I would also note that the bevel on the fret ends and string spacing make a difference. If the fret ends are close to "vertical"--perpendicular to the headstock/body face--it makes for a wider effective neck than if the frets are beveled at the ends (which also tends to make then walk off the edge of the neck a bit).