A word of wisdom has it that the guitar is mostly about the neck. Which makes sense since that is the part we touch the most. Apart from the strings, but I digress... With that in mind I went to a major guitar store in my neck of the woods while the wife went shopping. My goal was to try the most expensive guitars I could lay hands on and discover first hand (pun unintended) what I was missing with mega dollar guitars in terms of neck feel playability. To cut a long story short, I tried the following: Fender American Deluxe Tele, a Fender Custom Shop 70s strat (full specs unknown), Ibanez AZ224F Prestige and AZ2402 Premium, Suhr Classic T Pro, Suhr Classic Antique, Tom Anderson Icon Classic and Tom Anderson Classic T. My conclusions from my quick and dirty test was the Fender necks were pretty meh in my book, and the Ibanez AZs, Suhrs and Tom Anderson's were pretty special. These 3 all had roasted maple necks (lightest roast on the TAs), stainless steel frets, satin finishes and were about 95% similar to each other in my book. They felt great in the hand and super smooth to play. The action on the Suhrs and TAs were set very low yet did not buzz. I felt the Suhrs had slightly chunkier necks compared to the TAs and in terms of preference my choice would be: TA < Suhr < Ibanez AZ Really, there is not much to choose between the Suhrs and TAs and it would probably come down to player preference. The Suhrs are around $3000 over here, TAs are around $4000. While they are lovely, exceptional even, I can't imagine myself ever owning one and find myself thinking about the Ibanez AZs ($1250-2000) on the way home. Some obligatory pics of the guitars. The neck close up is from the TA Icon Classic.