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Biggest thickest neck

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Dbullen, Sep 29, 2020.

  1. Recalcitrant

    Recalcitrant Tele-Meister

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    I doubt a Fenderoid bolt-on neck can be thicker than 1" due to the 5/8" pocket depth and typical bridge capabilities. The fatback maxes that. That Musikraft super U says 1.125" x 1.125". I've never seen one. It must muffin-top out of the pocket!
     
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    I probably remembered the thickness wrong, but obviously it requires a deeper neck pocket.
     
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    As far as I remember, the 2010 Custom Shop Broadcaster had the fattest neck I've played so far. Maybe it was the vintage spec radius and frets but I felt it quite tiring to play when standing so I sold that guitar. I have since had a Danny Gatton and G.E. Smith Tele and they also have fat necks but I find them comfortable to play while standing. My 2017 Double Esquire has a 10/56V neck profile that I find quite large visually. Maybe it's the compound radius (7,25" to 9,5") or the medium frets but it's super comfy once you get used to it.
     
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    I’ve had several 52 AVRI Teles and they all varied in neck size but none of them were huge, I’ve owned one Gatton and I had it for about 6 months and sold it because of the neck , it was huge. Right now I have an Original 50s and they have it advertised having a big neck but it doesn’t even come close to that Gatton.
     
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    Musikraft have a specific "blackguard" neck that i believe measures 1.25" all the way down the neck...that said, I have a Zim-gar guitar (mid-60s Japanese offset) that has the fattest profile I've felt, and a flat fretboard with teeny-tiny frets to top it off. Unless someone has mutant catcher's mitt hands or a 5" thumb, i dunno why people love super fat necks.
     
  8. 2manyteles

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    I have a strat that has a Musikraft neck using one of the "blackguard" profiles. It's an inch all the way up with big shoulders but has a 1 5/8ths nut width. That makes all the difference for me. Ordinarily, this would not be a neck I'd think would be comfortable. It is, however, one of the smoothest playing guitars I've ever owned. It also has big frets, is quarter sawn and is a 7.25-9.5 compound radius. Yes, early on Leo Fender made some guitars with compound radius necks. Cool eh?
     
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    The Brad Paisley Tele I had sported a huge neck, (some call baseball bat necks). One I regret selling.
     
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    I have an Allparts neck on a partscasters Tele and it is huge. It is bigger that a CS Nocaster neck I had for several years. Fat C shape. My luthier said it is the fattest neck he has ever seen on an electric guitar. I personally like it but it may be too much for many players. I am thinking it is a C shape mostly because the luthier said it had almost no shoulder.
     
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    I got an AO 50s Telecaster a while ago, and it has a wonderful neck. I’m not sure how it compares with some of the other guitars and necks mentioned, but it’s very comfortable, and I can’t get over how well it resonates with the body. What’s funny is I usually prefer slightly smaller necks, but this one is great.
     
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    Keith urban has an old "telecaster" with no truss rod. The neck looks like a damn baseball bat. He loves it, says it has incredible sustain.
     
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    My 50's american original tele is 1" w 9.5" radius. Best neck I've ever had, though I'd love to find the same specs with a wider nut width
     
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    I don’t have measurements but the biggest and most fat neck I’ve ever had was on my GE Smith telecaster. It sounded fantastic but I couldn’t get along with those tiny vintage frets so I sold it. I sure wish I’d have kept it though. It was FAT! So fat my hand would cramp. I’ve never had a guitar that would make my hand cramp except that one.
     
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    You're probably looking for Fender specific, but mine is a Warmoth 1-3/4 nut, 10-16 radius, fatback. It's probably my limit even with my big hands. I love it though. The most comfortable, easy playing neck I have.

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    The Warmoth Fatback is the largest neck that I can play without struggling. Their Boatneck is as thick, but has that soft V with some of the shoulders shaved down. If you are looking for a big thick neck, both are good choices. I have them both on several guitar builds.
     
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    1.125 I could handle and you're probably right, 1.250 would be just too much to handle.

    The guitars would just set up very much like USA build G + L guitars do. Very high saddles and very high pickup heights. Not hard IF the Tele is a genuine AV52 or No-Caster style template. American Standards and their like, yeah, hard to make that bridge work and a virginal Warmoth neck pocket or a Squier Affinity Special neck pocket is so shallow you're looking for trouble - gotta deepen the pocket or theoretically you can shave down the heel and leave the neck section fatter than the heel.
     
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