Fat Neck

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  1. giddyap

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    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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    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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    The Brad Paisley Signature Tele has a baseball bat profile. Love it!!!
     
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    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 specific.....my Warmoth "conversion" neck (24 3/4" scale) is 1 11/16" wide at the nut, and 1" deep from nut to heel. So!....is that what you mean? ;)
     
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  5. Shuster

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    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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    72 reissues. (Maybe not all though...)

    Fat as.

    (to go with my thick head...)

    CP.
     
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    baja is the one.go try and feel it
     
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    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.
     
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    My Paisley neck is definitely bigger than my 60s Baja neck by a noticeable margin. Guess I need to measure them sometime.
     
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    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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    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).
     
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    The G.E. Smith Tele has a deep U. Easily "spotted"

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    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!
     
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    GE Smith has with out a doubt, a baseball bat like, thick neck.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    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!


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