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Fat Neck

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by giddyap, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. giddyap

    giddyap NEW MEMBER!

    Jan 2, 2019
    I was in a studio recently and picked up the tele they had. I was so disappointed in its flimsy feel!
    Which new teles are made with good ol' thick/fat necks???

    Whenever I get around to buying one, I want it to feel BIG and play BIG strung with 12s or 13s.
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  2. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Sacramento, California
    I think the '50s Baja has a pretty fat neck. Felt like a log split down the middle to me. I think it was a Soft-V profile. I didn't buy one for that reason.

    Personally I like the Modern C, that flimsy one you didn't like.
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  3. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Meister

    Dec 19, 2014
    Paris, IL
    The Brad Paisley Signature Tele has a baseball bat profile. Love it!!!
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  4. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    When you say you "like a thick/fat" neck, that's like asking "how long is a piece of string?". I personally have never played a Telecaster with as fat and wide of a neck as I like. I can be Warmoth "conversion" neck (24 3/4" scale) is 1 11/16" wide at the nut, and 1" deep from nut to heel. So! that what you mean? ;)
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2019
  5. Shuster

    Shuster Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Oct 31, 2018
    South Texas
    Love those Fat necks too, funny, the best neck I have on a T style guitar. Is an SX guitar, I'd love to that size neck on every tele I have!!

    I own one of the very few lefty Wylde Audio Odin Grails, they have the best fat necks on any guitar I have ever played!
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  6. Artslap

    Artslap Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2014
    Sydney, Australia
    72 reissues. (Maybe not all though...)

    Fat as.

    (to go with my thick head...)

  7. funkysoul

    funkysoul Tele-Meister

    May 14, 2013
    baja is the one.go try and feel it
  8. stratoblaster

    stratoblaster Tele-Meister

    Aug 2, 2006
    Scottsdale AZ
    Roll your own with an Allparts TMO-FAT or TRO-FAT. They are 1" nut to 12th fret. The Richie Kotzen Tele is probably the fattest stock and is also around 1" nut to 12th fret. Brad Paisley, AO 50's and the Baja are probably all fighting for second with tapered profiles that start around .90" at the nut and progress fatter up the neck.
  9. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Meister

    Dec 19, 2014
    Paris, IL
    My Paisley neck is definitely bigger than my 60s Baja neck by a noticeable margin. Guess I need to measure them sometime.
  10. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    The biggest Fender neck is the American Original 50's Tele, which has the U profile. The 52 RI series (as of later years) had that neck shape as well.

    The AO 50's has a 9.5 radius board, the "other U shaped" necks have the 7.25 radius.

    If you want a Tele with a big neck, that is the route to research.

    $0.02 and all that.
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  11. EllenGtrGrl

    EllenGtrGrl Tele-Holic

    Mar 13, 2009
    Greenfield, WI
    Ditto for me. I ended up opting out of a 50s Baja that I had on layaway (I just don't get along with V-profile necks [even soft-V necks]), and got another 60s Baja (I sadly got rid of my first 60s Baja, because of a lack of info, about which parts were nickel plated [I get major dermatitis from nickel] - recently I found out that the parts that were of major concern to me, were chrome plated [yay!!]). I don't care for thin necks, and while the neck on the 60s Baja is not a baseball bat neck, it is a thicker C-shape, that feels good in my left hand (especially since I play classical style [with the thumb behind the neck], which can result in thin necks being kind of uncomfortable).
  12. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    The G.E. Smith Tele has a deep U. Easily "spotted"

  13. OldGuy6873

    OldGuy6873 Tele-Meister

    Oct 2, 2018
    Someone already mentioned the Richie Kotzen Tele. That neck profile is YUGE. I was totally going to get that Tele until I played it. My little hands were not fitting around that neck!
  14. ronzhd

    ronzhd Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Spring, Texas
    GE Smith has with out a doubt, a baseball bat like, thick neck.
  15. qblue

    qblue Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 12, 2009
    Clarks Summit, PA
    Just remember the Baja 50's neck is a soft V and the Brad Paisley Tele has a 'reverse' soft V. This means that the Paisley is more V shaped at the headstock end and ending in a C shape near the body. The Baja is C-shaped near the headstock and V shaped near the body.
  16. LocoTex

    LocoTex Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 16, 2018
    Waxahachie, TX.
    Some of the MIM FSR Teles have a thick neck. I have a 2011 FSR that has what feels like a Baja 50s neck, except I can't detect any V in it. Really fat neck.

    And the Classic Series 50s has a fat neck.
  17. littlewing6283

    littlewing6283 Tele-Meister

    Jan 1, 2009
    Southern Cal
    the Nocasters from what I have tried tend to be a tad bigger. Close to .98 at the 1st and 1.0 at the 12th. ymmv

    My 52 thin skin from wildwood also has the u profile but it was at .89 at the 1st fret and 1.0 at the 12th.

    Very similar in feel though I can play either of them.

    Im a fan of the bigger necks. I have a partscaster with a Baja neck that feels nice. a Smidge smaller than the 52 RI
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  18. 724SP

    724SP Tele-Meister

    Jan 26, 2008
    Salinas, CA
    This! Loved the GE Smith Tele. I also love thick necks and don’t find the Baja neck that chunky. I think it’s the V profile. I’ve been using Musikraft Fat necks...1” all the way down on a C profile. Feels most comfortable to me!

    Sent from my iPhone using TDPRI forum mobile app
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  19. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    I like big necks, I cannot lie...

    I have a Blacktop Tele and the Triple Tele and those have a fat-side of C shape.
    So if you cant find a Baja then take a look at these.
  20. MickM

    MickM Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Not my Baja. Mine's Vee at 1st 3-5 frets then rounds off. My favorite all around Tele neck.
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