Fat Necks, Skinny necks, V, C or D. What floats your boat?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Retrobob, May 23, 2020.

Fat Necks, Skinny necks, V, C or D. What floats your boat?

  1. Fat

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  3. V

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  1. corbo

    corbo TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    It's not on the list, but I really dig the compound radius C to D neck that Fender put on the American Elite a couple of years back. I thought it was silly LOOKING, but my hands loved it. So much so, that when I ordered my Ron Kirn T for my 50th birthday I had him clone it: 1.687 nut width, .830 - 930, 9.5 - 14" radius.
     
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  2. Buttered Biskit

    Buttered Biskit Tele-Meister

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    I dont know why peeps dont like "V" shaped necks. They feel chunky for chording, slim when noodling, and you can reach around with your thumb and play bass runs. I guess they dont know because they aren't around. Fender made some beautiful bird's eye ones MIK strats about 2002 maybe.
     
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  3. Heavy Formvar

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    Almost anything unless its a toothpick or a pillar. Soft Vs are the coolest, also 59 fatnecks. But as you have different guitars over the years and your hands dont stay the same for your whole life, preferences change.
     
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  4. cpk313

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    I like them to be .85-.86 at the first fret and .95-.96 at the 12th. nice C profile. Any bigger then that and my reach while my thumb is over top becomes comprised, less then that and I start to run into issues with when my thumb is behind the neck. Bad thumb!
     
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  5. Thinline casket

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  6. naveed211

    naveed211 Tele-Afflicted

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    I like a pretty sizable neck, but I can get around on just about anything. Doesn’t have to be perfect. As long as it’s not ridiculously skinny or ungodly big then I can make it work.
     
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  7. dreamsinger

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    Neck *width* is seldom mentioned when discussing electric necks. With my hands it's a big deal. The 1 5/8" nuts from the late '60's were near impossible, 1 11/16" only slightly better. Thankfully, Warmoth has a 1 3/4" and 1 7/8" (too wide) option. I have my acoustics built at 1 13/16" which seems perfect for me.
     
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  8. kjatexas

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    For my hands, the modern C on the Fender American Standards, were the best.
    Too bad they changed it. I think the Player series has an American Standard profile neck.
     
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  9. KW1977

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    I agree, this is a huge factor for me. I have big hands and even though these measurements appear slight on a ruler, it translates to something more substantial when you're wrangling it for hours.
     
  10. gmann

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    All things being equal I prefer V necks.
     
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  11. the.guitarman

    the.guitarman NEW MEMBER!

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    My favorite is my SRV Signature series which fits my hand perfectly. It has an early 60's oval neck and 12" radius. I also like my 2008 SG Standard, which has a wider thinner neck. I have played all sorts through the years, but still come back to the SRV for all round best. I used to prefer Tele 7.25 which did not fret out as long as it was set up right. I kept the strings fairly low also. I know many have an issue with the 7.25 radius fretting out. I play mostly blues and some SRV and others texas blues, but still did not have an issue with fret out on the tele. Prefer the 12" radius though. Maybe its and age thing. :)
     
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    A vintage Fender Telecaster boatneck shape or a 59 Les Paul shape feels best to me
     
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    I have C necks and a D neck in my assortment of guitars. All are playable by me, from my thin Hagström to my Fender modern C’s to my Epi Dot’s medium D. But I cannot abide any form of a V neck. Not a soft V, not a hard V. I have friends that have Jimmie Vaughan Strats and Ovation acoustics. Just unplayable, for me.

    A V neck is a total deal-breaker for me.
     
  14. Ricoblues

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    Non't matter so much, but I prefer "Modern C" or "Soft V"
     
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    I'm with the OP... nice, full feeling soft-vee for me.

    I've learned that I prefer 1-11/16" nuts, too. I've owned several G&L guitars and for whatever reason after owning them and loving them, if the had a typical G&L 1-5/8" nut, I really didn't like the feel.

    I too am not really particular about neck profiles, unless they are too small. I once had a (either Japanese or Mexican, can't remember) Fender '62 re-issue that had a neck like stringing up a pencil. It was so small that it was actually uncomfortable for me to play. Its the only guitar out of dozens and dozens I've owned that had that thing going on. I sold it to a guy who was like 4' 9" tall and he loved it. Glad I found it a great home.

    I like the Gibson 50's style profiles. I also had a Music Man guitar once upon a time that had a sort of mixed profile to how it layed in your hand. That was very comfy.

    I never buy acoustic guitars, but it seems like either Martin or Ovation use a soft vee on their necks. The only acoustic I own is a 70's Hohner acoustic somebody gave me for doing work on his Mexi P-Bass. I just don't like acoustic guitars. I'm an electric guy all around...
     
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  16. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I love those baseball necks on the 70' explorers that I saw on the first reissue of the Explorers
    but then my first guitar lesson started off with my friend looking at my hands and asking
    " have you thought about taking up drumming"
     
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    Ow!
     
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    I adapt and like most necks.
     
  19. nozkcb

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    For many years I preferred a small shallow neck because it was easier to get around on the fingerboard, then after being nagged by friends to try larger neck guitars I did, and now I finally get it.

    While it's not as easy to play, there's definitely more punch and depth to the sound.

    I know this is often a hotly-contested subject, but in my own personal experience I have to say it's true
     
  20. TommyBaltimore

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    I prefer a U, but that was not an option. I went with the D. That doesn't sound right...:lol: I usually prefer a thin neck. I have some of the thinnest necks out there. But then the neck on the guitar in my avatar is a baseball bat. One adapts.
     
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