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Telecasters with chunkier necks

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by medownsouth, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. medownsouth

    medownsouth Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Sold 2 of my low end strats this last week. Have about 1000 bucks; going to buy a proper tele to replace my worn out peavey reactor. Looking at either a vintera modified, or baja (if I can find one). I know these have chunkier necks. Are there any others in my price range w/ beefier necks that youse are aware of? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. deytookerjaabs

    deytookerjaabs Friend of Leo's

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    Measure or play before you buy if you want one. Production Fenders with supposed big neck carves can be very inconsistent. I once got a 2015 '52 reissue online and it arrived with a neck that was .82-88 or so, not very big at all. Then, I returned it for a '56 Strat reissue that the sales guy said was more likely it had a big neck....and it was the same size! I kept it anyways, but that was lame as both were described in FMIC marketing to have "chunky" necks.

    There's some 50's Baja's with similar medium sized necks yet some are very stout. I like the road worns at that price point.

    Again, try or measure before you buy.
     
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  3. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    If you’re interested in the Thinline models, the reissued ‘72 Thinline Customs have full necks.
     
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    saleake Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    The original version Vintera modified 50s Telecaster had the sweetest V neck. I wish I had gotten one.
     
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  5. Electric Warrior

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    You are within striking distance of used AVs...52, 58, 64. At this point, I would keep saving. But with that said, you can still snag a Baja for $600 or less on the right day.
     
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    or buy any Tele & put on a Wormoth '59 Roundback neck. its like an LP. a really great neck for my fat old fingers. they also make 2 fatter ones
     
  7. medownsouth

    medownsouth Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Yeah I've got some big old sausage fingers
     
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    In a shop I one got to try a baja, MIM classic series esquire and 50s vintera side by side, and they all had a very similar neck (with the vintera ever so slightly thicker than the others).

    I also tried a broadcaster that felt pretty similar.


    In your price range, I think any 50s style Mexican tele will do.
     
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  9. srblue5

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    I’ve read that the Vintera 50s Tele has a chunky neck, but I haven’t tried one out for myself.

    I bought a modified ‘50s Vintera Tele shortly after they came out and mine has a pretty chunky neck. I tried a few others out that year that had a similarly big neck.

    I generally don’t like small necks. I’d probably play my Classic 50s Strat a little more if the neck was a bit bigger.
     
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  10. Ian T

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    Have you checked out the MJT Tele Ebay page? You can build a killer partscaster for just over $1,000, pretty much no cut corners anywhere.

    Snipe a MJT body off Ebay for around $300, or custom order for a little more
    Add a MJT pickguard for $75
    Get a Warmoth neck in the profile, fret size, radius, woods of your choice for $200-300
    Get Glendale or Callaham or Rutters hardware
    Get some nice tuners, I like the Gotoh Magnalocks which look vintage but have the thumbwheel
    Get some really nice pickups from the winder of your choice

    Do it all just exactly the way you like it. All USA parts.

    You can pay a local luthier to screw it together for you, file the nut, do the setup, or DIY. Plenty of advice here to help, and the CNC parts are so precise that it's an easy process.

    Or you can get a mid level Fender Corporation product with polyurethane finish, cheaper hardware/pickups/tuners, and somebody else's specs.
     
  11. takauya

    takauya Tele-Meister

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    Hey, is your Vintera Tele's neck edges rolled a bit?
     
  12. Turtleneck

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    This is exactly what I was thinking. There is a '58 AV for sale on Craigslist in Orange County for $1000. A heck of a nice guitar for the money.

    As for necks, I did an A/B with my '52 and my '64 and I came to find out how much more I liked the thinner '64 neck. Personal preference.


     
  13. srblue5

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    A little bit, yeah.
     
  14. takauya

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    Hmm, interesting. I thought all Vintera necks seemed to have sharp edges. Maybe I was wrong. Thanks.
     
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    You're not going to like my suggestion. Look at another brand of T Style. Fender is of the mindset you will buy what we make not what you want. It's called marketing.
     
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    From a sample of only 2 guitars, my MIM Classic 50s Tele has a slimmer neck than my friend's Baja. His isn't quite as fat as the '51 Fat U' I put on my Partscaster, but not too far behind. I don't know how much they vary though.
     
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    My partscaster has a fat Allparts neck, but I’m at about 10 weeks into waiting for my Warmoth 59 neck to be built delivered. Very excited...getting close to completion.
     
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    My 55’ thin skin reissue has a super chunky U on it.
     
  19. unixfish

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    The American Professional have a deep-C neck - they feel a bit chunkier than most. You might find a used one for $1000.

    Baja is a good choice.

    Most of the others that have the large U shaped neck also have the 7.25 inch fingerboard radius, which is a no go for me.
     
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    The baja neck is great, definitely on the chunky side.
     
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