Pick a neck!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by DHart, Jun 8, 2021.

Going on looks alone...?

  1. A = Fender Baja '50s maple neck (yellowish tint)

    30.7%
  2. B = Fender American Special maple neck with nice maple figure! (whitish tint)

    27.9%
  3. C = Fender Nashville Deluxe Rosewood neck (old style)

    45.0%
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  1. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Poster Extraordinaire

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    The middle one looks the best, and I wouldn't do anything to the body except to clear coat it. No dyes, etc. Black hardware, half bridge, direct mounted pickups, no guard.
     
  2. zencat

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    C.
     
  3. Muadzin

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    I'd pick the middle one, cause there's no way in hell that I'd pick a neck with 21 frets.
     
  4. Arfage

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    Nashville. Flatter radius and better color scheme..
     
  5. Hpilotman

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    The Middle Neck.
     
  6. Marblatx

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    It depends on how fat the neck is. Personally since I like a fat neck I'd probably pick the Baja..

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    A = Fender Baja '50s maple neck (yellowish tint)
    B = Fender American Special maple neck with nice maple figure! (natural maple tint)
    C = Fender Nashville Deluxe Rosewood neck (old style)[/QUOTE]
     
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  7. DHart

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    As far as playing goes, I'm fine with any of these necks.

    For looks, I am torn between B. the pale American Special neck (it's a gorgeous neck, with a lot of beautiful figure in it, and the color/tone matches the body very well) and C. the rosewood neck (because I love rosewood necks and the contrast with the body is nice).

    The Baja '50s neck looks too yellow with this body.

    I will likely go with B or C. Leaning toward trying out B first.
     
  8. MonkeyGym

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    Looks to me like you need two more Tele bodies.....
     
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  9. Auherre756

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    Definitely Rosewood
     
  10. ashtone54

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    I can tell you from personal experience that the whiter maple neck (and the body) will darken with time and exposure to light. I’d go with the combo shown in middle photo and let them gradually change tint together.

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  11. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi again.

    I’m looking on my phone now, so the images are smaller. This way, the rosewood neck now def. looks best to me.

    But I still don’t like the middle one. It just looks both too similar, and not quite the same. It remains a not quite perfect match.

    So it seems simultaneously too much of the same aesthetic, which is overpowering and not pleasant, and like it’s trying too hard.

    As always, just an individual opinion / preference.

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    Rosewood all day.
     
  13. DHart

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    MG... I do have two more bodies. Just contemplating a neck switch-er-ooo. ;)
     
  14. Maguchi

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    I'll go with B, the one in the middle, because it has 22 frets. I can always get used to a different neck shape (as long as it's not a V shaped neck), But there is no room to add a 22nd fret on neck A and C. All my Fenders and G&Ls have 22 frets.

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  15. DHart

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    Interesting. For some of us (myself included), 21 or 22 frets is of no importance at all. But for some... that is the ONLY difference of importance. Just another example of how each of us have such completely different metrics for what we like.
     
  16. Maguchi

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    Yeah, I agree. It depends on how and when we came up. My first two good quality electric guitars were an 86 or 87 American Standard Strat and an 88 American Standard Tele. Both of those had 22 fret. Since Fender has had 22 fret Teles and Strats continuously over the last 35 years, I've bought those instead of the 21 fret necked ones.
     
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  17. DHart

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    I have a good number of 21 and 22 fret Fender necks and pretty much never use either of those two frets! :lol:

    No matter.

    21 frets or 22 frets are just different horses for different courses. :)
     
  18. Maguchi

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    I do play up on the 22nd fret on occasion. I want the peace of mind to know that when inspiration strikes to play up there, it is available to me. In the mid to late 80s when I learned, people would play up there occasionally and even up on the 24th fret on some guitars. So I try to play up there sometimes.
     
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  19. DougM

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    To me the answer is ALWAYS rosewood, and I really like playing on the upper part of the neck (above the 12th fret) and I prefer having 22 frets, but given the choice between 22 frets/maple and 21 frets/rosewood, I'd still go for the rosewood
     
  20. gogaterz

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    A or B. I like the tint on A, but I like the logo and figuring better on B. I think I'd go with B.
     
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