New Guitar or New Neck?

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  1. vetplus40

    vetplus40 Tele-Meister

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    I have a 98 MIM that I dont play because the neck is too thick. I prefer a Modern C, and this guitar has something bigger. Would a neck change to Modern C be in order, or would I be better off selling this guitar and just getting another Tele with the neck that I want. I think that I paid about $400.00 for it a few years back. Thanks for the replies.
     

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  2. Uncle Butch

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    If you like the rest of your Tele, if it sounds good, and in good condition, I would find a neck you like and swap it out. Not a difficult task, and there are tons of great necks out there to choose from.
     
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  3. televillian

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    if you`re anything like me that thick neck will start feeling better as time goes by
     
  4. Carcinogen

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    Try a Peavey T60 neck? Suuuper fast and thin. Should be a direct swap.
     
  5. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    If you like the body then just get a new neck. Bodies can be bought cheap if you like to finish them yourself. The neck makes the guitar imo.
     
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  6. Lies&Distortion

    Lies&Distortion Tele-Afflicted

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    What model is it?

    I think get a neck. But try some on guitars that already have what you want.
     
  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Find a whole, complete player that feels right. You'll be very upset if you replace the neck and the result still isn't right.
     
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    Sounds like a good time to try a Warmoth roasted maple to me...
     
  9. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I would add that if you do get a new neck, you can probably cover most if not all of your cost by selling that "fat" neck. There are PLENTY of people who would love to find a fat Fender neck.....as will you when you realize your mistake! ;)
     
  10. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    This. Unless you know for sure what specs you want in a neck, you might as well just get a different guitar. You don’t have a lot tied up in the one you have, and it’s really hard to play necks to find out what works. Guitars you can play at any store. Well, except that one that banned me, but you’re probably OK there.
     
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    There was another post on here yesterday about a guy not liking his thin neck. Y’all could swap
     
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    I'd just get another guitar. To me a guitar is the whole thing. And for what you paid for your guitar a new neck would be close in value. Then if you decide to do anything else, like pickups you'll be over what you paid for in the first place. Might as well just start fresh
     
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    I'd sell it and get something that appeals to you better.NGDs are always more fun anyways!!
     
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  14. vetplus40

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    [QUOTE="nojazzhere, post: 9554857, There are PLENTY of people who would love to find a fat Fender neck.....as will you when you realize your mistake! ;)[/QUOTE]
    I dont think so. I have and have had a few other guitars with the thicker necks and just dont like the way they feel. I have average size hands and average length fingers and the Modern C just feels better.
     
  15. vetplus40

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    I have no idea what "NGD" means, but the guitar is a nice shade of purple that you rarely find. I have a 98 MIM Strat in the same exact color, so they make a nice set.....)
     
  16. LunarSlingShot

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    NGD stands for "New Guitar Day".
     
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    My 96 Standard Tele has a thick neck, it's a C but nearly a D profile. I don't really like thick necks, for me the skinnier the better. For me, a thin V is the most comfortable.
    However, I've owned this Tele from new, and over time I've got used to the feel of it enough to say it's now quite playable. Strangely enough A Lot of that was down to getting the frets re-profiled. Since I got those done, it's like a different instrument. A lot easier to play.
    I now accept it for what it is when I play it, rather then wish it was more like my other guitars. It forces me to play differently, which is a good thing.
     
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    Here’s the answer: EITHER!

    If money is tight or you just wanna come out even, and you really like everything else try swapping the neck. You can likely sell yours for what the new one costs or close. Little to zero cash outlay.

    Or if you prefer just sell that and buy a whole new guitar, especially if you’re not super tied to/settled on the specs to that specific guitar. You don’t have a lot of money in it so you could sell it and recoup your costs. Replacement may or may not be more pricey depending on what you get.

    Main thing is to find a combo you’ll play and be happy with.

    I’ve gone both routes with success. So have most others.

    Good luck!
     
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    I could use a new head.
     
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    If it was me, I’d keep it and get a new guitar.

    But that’s my pathology.
     
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