Biggest Tele neck made

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  1. Jackroadkill

    Jackroadkill TDPRI Member

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    Hi all,

    I like a chunky neck; my favourite ever neck is that on my '58 LP Junior which is like a railway sleeper. It's so big that the first time I played it I thought it would be so fat that I'd never get used to it (happily I was wrong).

    I have a plan for my next Tele build and want to fit the biggest, preferably U-shaped, neck that I can find. In your experience what neck is the biggest I can get hold of? I'm in the UK so would rather not import if I can help it, but that's not necessarily a deal-breaker.

    Thanks,

    JRK
     
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  2. telequacktastic

    telequacktastic Tele-Afflicted

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    I think USACG May still make the J.W. Holmes profile. It’s like 1 1/4” iirc
     
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  3. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Tele-Meister

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    Can't speak for across the pond, but my most colossal neck is from a company in Tennessee named Guitar Mill. The profile is called the "basball bat" and it's over 1" from the nut all the way to the heel. You can't bend it for a subtle vibrato. You have to use the headstock and even then it's minimal. I love it!
     
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  4. john_cribbin

    john_cribbin Tele-Afflicted

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    Being in the UK, you may have to settle for something like the Allparts TMO-FAT. Axecaster may be a good starting point.
     
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  5. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

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    My first "good" electric was a 1960 Les Paul Jr that I bought in 1969, and nearly every guitar I played after that came up "lacking" in neck girth. About three years ago I ordered my current neck from Warmoth. It is a "fatback" profile (1" depth from nut to heel) 1 11/16" width at nut (like my Jr) and 24 3/4" scale length. (like a typical Gibson) BTW, it's mahogany, with a rosewood fretboard.....also like a Gibson. It is so comfortable, I prefer not to play any other guitar, now. That's it in my avatar. If you can't find what you want in the UK, consider Warmoth! Good luck.
     
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  7. Jackroadkill

    Jackroadkill TDPRI Member

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    Thanks guys; much appreciated. I'll look at the options mentioned.
     
  8. pippoman

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    I’ve had a Richie Kotzen Tele for about a year and the neck is beefy in a perfect way. Thickest Tele neck I’ve ever played and I absolutely love it! I didn’t think I’d like it at first, but boy was I wrong! After playing it for about 20 minutes in the guitar store I had bonded for life. The frets are Jumbo, not medium jumbo and slide work is a cinch on that thing. Not sure of the neck radius but it’s at least a 9.5”. I have a couple nice Strat pluses from the early 90s and 2 other teles, but this one has them all beat. I take it to every gig and only play my Strats on songs that tend to require that honk and a vibrato.
     
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  9. pippoman

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    It’s a 12” radius, not 9.5. That’s why slide work is so easy.
     
  10. Slowisfast

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    I have a USACG Boat profile. It's 1". Not as hefty as the Holmes but it has a nice soft v to it with rounded shoulders. I love it.
     
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