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Old March 2nd, 2013, 08:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2008 MIM Strat Neck

Can you recommend a Strat with a wider and fatter neck than my 2008 MIM Strat? I have difficulty playing it after spending time on my LP and acoustic. Something around $1000. Thanks

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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Any of the "modern" (non-vintage reissue) MIA Strats will have a wider neck than your MIM. Try out an American Standard, American Special or a used Highway 1. Although then won't be much fatter if at all than your MIM.
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Warmoth lets you choose the neck width and fatness.
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All of the American Standard variants have slightly wider but very thin necks. I find them harder to deal with than my MIM tele necks.

Two models with wider/fatter necks are the Jimmie Vaughan and Robert Cray MIM strats; hard to find and the Cray is a hardtail. (The Cray is thicker but not quite as wide, the JV is a nice wide, fat V neck.)

I recently got an Eric Johnson strat and I bet it has the neck you are looking for but it's a lot more money... And a lot of CS models have the "10/56" neck which is also a great fat neck but you won't find one for anywhere near a grand. Your best bet might actually be Warmoth or one of the aftermarket companies---buy a fatter neck and either sell your MIM neck to recover some bucks or put it in a drawer if you ever decide to sell the guitar.

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Old March 3rd, 2013, 07:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for the responses. It's mostly my MIM neck's width that I'm having trouble with as opposed to the fatness. For example, the low and high E strings always "rolls" off the neck. If an new American Standard has a wider neck that may be the way for me to go. I also was reading about the Vintage 1962 Hot Rod. I will check them out at a shop this week. Thanks again.
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Two models with wider/fatter necks are the Jimmie Vaughan .......
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.
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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).

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Thank you for the responses. It's mostly my MIM neck's width that I'm having trouble with as opposed to the fatness. For example, the low and high E strings always "rolls" off the neck. If an new American Standard has a wider neck that may be the way for me to go. I also was reading about the Vintage 1962 Hot Rod. I will check them out at a shop this week. Thanks again.
Have you thought about getting a new nut carved for this neck with the E/e strings moved away from the fretboard edge? I've carved three nuts now and I goofed up the first one by putting the end strings too close to the edge. I fixed this on the next nut for this guitar and it plays just fine now. I only moved the two Es by maybe 1/64" apiece, but it made a huge difference in how the guitar played.

A new nut is a helluva lot cheaper than a new neck.
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