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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Mike Eskimo, Sep 25, 2020.
...American Standard Tele ?
Is that it ?
Did you mean "1 11/16" "?......1 1/16" would be like a tenor guitar wouldn't it?
^^^title changed and thank you !
Most of the American guitars are spec’d with 1.65. In practice that frequently works out to 1 11/16” on actual units.
I used to think I wanted a “big” neck. By which I meant “deep”.
That seems to be how everyone uses the term “big” in connection with necks. But that is at best confusing and realistically misleading.
It turns out I prefer a “wide” nut thin-med depth neck. Figuring that out 5 years ago would have saved me a whole HEAP of $$ and frustration. My favorite neck is my Charvel. Full 1.7” nut. .80-.85 or so deep. Even C/D/V ish profile.
None that I have owned. I measure every guitar with precision digital calipers and 1 5/8" is about as wide as I've found. And no, 1 5/8" (10/16") is not 1 11/16". Or in other words 42.5mm is not 43mm.
The US Road Worn Telecasters have a 1 11/16” neck with a pretty full profile - not currently offered but I picked one up used that is my only remaining Fender Tele. Current US models as noted above are nominal 42mm (=1.650”) but they do vary. Take a caliper with you when you shop. Some will be 1 11/16” (=42.8mm = 1.6875) or pretty close.
A bit of a derail: USA G&L ASATs now usually come with the “Modern Classic” neck which is nominal 1 11/16. A whole bunch of neck options are available if you order (not custom shop, just an option order and the same price). See:
I actually have one with the wide C (1 3/4” nominal but actually a hair smaller) - very comfortable.
It depends on if you're including Custom Shop or not. Most of the USA production-line models are 1 11/16" - which they spec to 1.685" (if you do the math 1 11/16" will calculate to 1.6875"). So in the current lineup the American Performer, American Professional (Pro II coming soon), and American Ultra are 1.685", as were their predecessors. The American Original is 1.650 - which is their current version of the vintage 1 5/8" nut width (again doing the math 1 5/8" calculates to 1.625"). The Custom Shop seems to go for the vintage width of 1.650" for most of their models.
Thanks everybody !
i have a 70's Custom AO and 60's AO thinline(both 2020 models), nut widths are 1 11/16" on both, string spacing at the nut (outer to outer) is 1 7/16" on each. 9.5" fb radius, easy playing C shape neck.
i'm cutting a new nut today for the 60's thinline as it came with a 1/4" inboard spaced low E and that took away some of the playable string spacing-plus it just looked wrong. both e strings are now set inboard 3/16".
ironically, the 60 AO thinline has 2 5/32" string spacing at the bridge, which i like. most others i've setup lately have 2 1/8".