When I find someone talking about a new guitar they've purchased the focus of their post often targets brand, finish, body style, resonance, tone, bridge and tuner type or brand, etc., etc. As a very long term electric guitar player I'd like to say that nothing is more important to me than the specs of the neck. The most important part for electric guitar / player interaction is the neck. The ease of navigation. The fret size the player is most familiar with. The scale length, fingerboard radius, and the shape of the back of the neck. String spacing and action. Acoustic guitars are truly dependent on body woods, bracing, size, shape, glue, etc.. so the body is the most important part. Electric guitars can, through pickup choices, etc. deliver wonderful tones less dependent on the body wood, shape and so on. In my opinion nothing is more important in the purchase of an electric guitar than the way the neck and the hand of the player fit and work together. The better the match the better the results of player and electric guitar delivering excellence. Yes. We can adjust to make this or that work but the results will never be as good as when an electric guitars neck and the hand of the player playing it are a dead on perfect match. I'm not listing my preferences because, while they perfectly meet my needs, they could be far off the mark for your use. The main thrust of this thread is to get folks looking to buy an electric guitar to spend more time playing than looking. Finishes are impressive. They won't contribute to the music you create and deliver to the listeners. The interaction between the guitars neck an your hand will make or break the results you're going for. Focus on the neck
Me too. And five or six builds later, with different woods, bodies, and pickup configurations, widefat necks are the common denominator.Agreed. I got into building a tele because I wanted fat baseball bat neck.
I'd say setup is most important to me. And that doesn't mean a certain string height or the like. It just have to make the guitar work.
When I build guitars, I carve neck profiles freehand with no specific profile in mind, other than roughly a C shape. If the neck is thick or thin, both is fine. Scale matters, yes, but only in the long run, meaning, I can play whatever scale the guitar has, but for playing the rest of my life, I'd prefer a shorter one.