Q on 57 V necks

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by hamerfan, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. hamerfan

    hamerfan TDPRI Member

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    I am a sucker for V necks. I have Tele and strat partscasters (self shaped and finished necks), a custom made 00-28 and v neck Taylor 612. I am quite experienced how to shape a V neck. Some years ago i played Fender CS 57 V neck. I couldn't believe and had to check the Specs Chart. It felt like an plain C maybe a tad less shoulders, more like a Baja. I was done with the CS 57 V neck. About 2 months ago i was in another town in a music Store and checked the Fender CS display, took a strat and wow the best factory neck i ever played, a bit on the slim side but great. The Chart spec' d 57 V!
    Do they vary that much??
     
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  2. EsquireBoy

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    In my experience Custom Shop’s neck shapes can vary a lot from one model to another, even if they’ve got the same designation in the specs.
     
  3. sleazy pot pie

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    Could you talk a little more about shaping the neck to a V ?

    What is your technique? What tools do you use?
    I have never owned a guitar with a V neck, but played and loved two acoustics with a V shape.

    One was an inexpensive Washburn acoustic at a pawn shop that I went back to get the next day and was gone.

    The other was a huge Gretsch that was at least 50 years old and orange. The neck was enormous, V shaped, and amazingly comfortable. But way out of my budget.

    I have a Warmoth neck I purchased second hand that is a boatneck. Waiting for cooler weather so I can get back out in my garage to finish up that project.

    How sharp of a V do you like?
     
  4. Wally

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    The sharpest V neck I have experienced was on a dead mint 1957 Strat which a friend of mine took to a show to sell about 25 years ago. The neck was unplayable for me. From the edge of the neck at the board there was a direct straight line to almost the middle of the neck, and that vee point created there was a definite sharp point that was barely rounded. If I am slightly exaggerating, I am doing so to stress that there was NO doubt that one was holding a V neck.
    Yes, the guitar sold quickly....$7500. Today it would bring a much bigger number, but that was good money for it back then.
     
  5. hamerfan

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    The base were two C necks and one U neck. I use cabinet scrapers. First i determine the thickness. I want 21 mm at first fret to 24 at the 12th neck. Them i start at the first fret at the bass string side and try to achive a bent straight line up to the 10 fret. Then i try to make a only slightly bent line on the treble side. This makes a bit of a unsymetrically Neck shape, which is more ergonomically. At the end i shape the middle line to 21 to 24 mm thickness. I check the straightness of the middle line with a ruler.
     
  6. schmee

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    I agree, I'm a big fan of V necks, but there are some V's that lack shoulder and are uncomfortable to me. Like you say too much of a straight line to the fretboard edge. I need shoulder. A Jimmy Vaughn strat I had was that way. My Clapton soft V is perfect in many ways. I had a 38 Martin acoustic that was very nice V too. Strangely, I had a 57 Strat V neck that was very chunky and was nice. So I guess they varied quite a bit. A friend had a Japanese 57 strat reissue and the V was very nice on that. I had the neck plate also. Sold it too cheap too long ago!
     
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