Tele necks

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by JimB, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. JimB

    JimB TDPRI Member

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    why do I hate them? or at least dislike them a lot? They all feel boxy or something to me. the only tele neck I've ever liked was on a 90 Tele Plus, and I loved it! . if I could only find a newer Tele with that neck!
     
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  3. bumnote

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    I had my last neck made. I prefer the soft "V" neck normally found on Strats. Had Musikraft make my last one and couldn't be happier. Their 57V profile is a little more pointy and I got to pick shaft wood, fretboard material, nut width, fret wire etc. Makes for much happier me when I play it.
    Today I just find it easier to have my favored specs conform to the neck, body and electronics and apposed to conforming to most stock guitar.
     
  4. JimB

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    and yet you liked it
     
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    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    what ticks you off? the profile? I used to love thin necks, wizard wand ibanez thin.. when I had my first MIM Fender tele, it has moden C but beefier than ones I got used to.. but my hands felt at home and the thicker the better.. I got a 1-inch neck thats so comfortable..

    maybe the finish? sticky poly? new sticky nitro?

    boxy meaning full shoulders like a D-shape? for me thats most comfortable, I got a Gretsch G5420T that is sort of a D-shape profile but quite slim.. and it feels great and I dont even notice how slim it was..

    what necks do you prefer?
     
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    I must have inadvertently hit the button...

    Anyway, I certainly can understand preferring one neck over another, but I find all the Telecaster neck profiles playable so I'm not quite understanding the degree of dislike you are voicing...



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  7. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Tele-Afflicted

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    Do you mean that you dislike Fender necks in general? A tele neck can come in any shape and configuration Fender makes, just like a Strat neck, Jazzmaster neck… Soft V, hard V, U, big C, mid C, modern C, … any radius between 7’25’’ and 12’’ … any kind of fretwire you want. You hate tele necks compared to what?

    “Boxy” is also a strange adjective for guitar necks. As in “square”? Never heard of square tele necks…
     
  8. Lefty Addams

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    Fender tele necks are great imo, i do prefer the modern C, but thicker ones are good too.

    Chuck in a satin finish and imo a winning combination.
     
  9. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    I used to love the flattish, 12" radius, uber-thin shredder necks with GIANT frets. Can't stand them now. Then I liked medium to chunky C/U necks (up to 1" thick) with 9-1/2" radius. My favorite (to no one's greater surprise than mine) has become the soft V shape with a 7-1/4" radius and tiny vintage frets.

    I would recommend trying a LOT of necks...teles and otherwise...and then buying a tele with that shape, or getting/building a cheaper one and ordering a neck with those specs. You can buy almost anything you want from Warmoth, Musikraft and the like these days. Good luck.
     
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  10. zeedoctour

    zeedoctour Tele-Meister

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    I have a Telecaster thinline style (not a Fender brand though) and it's maybe the best neck I ever played. So you just never know, do you ? Make zero assumptions, because something out there will make a fool out of you when you do. I have had it happen to me too many times to want to recall.
     
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  11. coloradojeff

    coloradojeff Tele-Holic

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    I liked my Tele neck a lot. Then I pulled out my old G&L ASAT (tele style) and now don't want to go back to the Tele.... hmmmmm
     
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    I understand liking one neck vs another, but have not found a general difference in Tele vs Strat necks. There are different shapes available in both.... good and bad... for me.
     
  13. JimB

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    I haven't been able to figure it out yet. I love the sound of a Tele but I've played probably 20 different Tele's and none of their necks felt good in my hand except the old tele plus that I played. It's just frustrating because I really do love the sound
     
  14. KelvinS1965

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    I've been playing my project Esquire lately which I fitted an un-usual (for me) 'fat U' neck with 9.5" radius. I did this as a change from all my other Fenders which have thinner C or V shaped necks, vintage frets and 7.25" radius.

    It felt a bit odd at first and I really thought it might have been a mistake, but I've got used to it now. The odd things is that if I now pick up my Classic 50s Telecaster with the thinner C shape neck and 7.25" radius, within a few minutes it also feels 'normal' to me.

    Since the frets are worn on my avatar Tele I'm thinking of buying a new neck after my success with the 'Fat U '51' neck (including cutting the nut with new files I bought). I think I might try another variation: An American Original 60s neck with the C shape profile, but 9.5" radius and a rosewood slab fingerboard.

    I think that having a variety of different necks might be a benefit to me. I do suffer from stiff hands/fingers at times and the 'change is as good as a rest' seems to help and means that I don't have to stop playing if my hands hurt...just change guitar.
     
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    Get a Squier Tele neck -- they make them 'thin and fast' for kiddie paws.

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    I guess mine is a modern C. It's a 9 year old American Standard tele. It seems to really fit me.
     
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    Do you like strat necks?
     
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  18. Tonetele

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    That neck and particularly the headstock should be the hallmark of all Fender guitars but that's just me.
     
  19. Lefty Addams

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    I totally agree, that finish is to die for and the sexiest headstock on any guitar.
     
  20. MonkeyJefferson

    MonkeyJefferson Tele-Holic

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    Good advice, and to add, a bit: try things you THINK you hate. You may have hated big U-necks, with tiny frets (like me). Now, you just may think you hate them, but you haven't tried one- that's the time to give it a try. I found I liked nearly everything I once hated, too. Artists evolve, so does our craft, and so must our tools!
     
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