The different necks will force your fretting hand into a different playing position, angle, distance between thumb and fingers, spacing between finger tips etc. it will only me fractions of an inch or degree but it will all contribute to a different feel, which you may well describe as being ‘stuffed’. Lots of players who transgress between playing sitting to playing standing or vice versa experience the same thing, on exactly tge same guitar!Thanks. Relief was what I thought to look into closer as well. My old one is a big fat U shaped neck. New one is a skinny C shape maple/rosewood. I doubt that has anything to do with it, but who knows.
Could be that I'm just not used to it yet, but there's something definitely stiff about it. Anything else I may be overlooking?
No it’s not. My 4th. All but one have the same strings, same radius, same action and relief. It just feels …stiff. Hard to describe but it may just be a different neck shape and/or just a guitar my hand isn’t all that used to yet.Is this your only Tele? Teles are just a stiff design.
What this guy said.The thickness of the neck can have everything to do with it. I doubt those 2 truss rods are different, in basic specifications and wood varies more than steel in my experience. I'd suggest the relief of these necks is a sort of tug-of-war and your older, thicker neck had an easier time contending with the tension from the rod. The newer neck isn't as likely to be capable of fighting the rod with the same vigor, and thus the rod "wins" the struggle and that's IMO a thumbnail explanation for why thicker necked guitars feel right when you might imagine it would be the other way around.
Having said that, there's just a natural degree of variation, one neck to the next on these and you just so happen to have gotten one of the stiffer feeling ones. The funny thing is, the next guy will insist on the added stiffness - an overly compliant feel is desired by some, while others don't want that at all.
No it’s not. My 4th. All but one have the same strings, same radius, same action and relief. It just feels …stiff. Hard to describe but it may just be a different neck shape and/or just a guitar my hand isn’t all that used to yet.
I think it’s getting a bit better but it could very well be one that I just don’t bond with.