Changing a Strat neck

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jaymenonjaymenon Frets: 44
edited February 24 in Making & Modding
I recently picked up a Stratocaster (a Partscaster really) from Andy Preston at WudTone - which is by far the nicest sounding Stratocaster I have ever played. It features his wonderful 'constant pivot' tremolo (which really stays in tune) and 'proper' single coils by Wudtone with A5 / A3 magnets - as opposed to the Kinmans I usually play.  Andy has done a beautiful job with this guitar - and he's a great guy to deal with too, a real gentleman.

The guitar had been pre-assembled - I asked him to send it over so I could get an idea of how his guitars sound prior to placing a custom order. But this one is really special - and I'm keeping it...

Everything except the neck is perfect for me (I prefer a slimmer profile, flatter radius and jumbo frets).

I'm very tempted to pick up a neck from Warmoth - of similar woods etc.  But I'm a bit worried that it might drastically alter the sound of this guitar - should that be the case, I'd be happy to live with the current neck - the guitar really does sound that good...

One option is of course to re-radius the current fingerboard and re-fret it - but it's an awful lot of work.

Expert opinions deeply appreciated...
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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 1873
    Changing the neck would alter the tone, sometimes drastically and sometimes not, it’s one of “those” things iyswim
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3328
    jaymenon said:
    this one is really special - and I'm keeping it.
    This is the smart way to choose guitars.

    If the original plan was to place a custom order with Andy Preston, ask whether he thinks he could get the same sounds from a similar guitar with your preferred neck profile by changing other components to compensate. (I suspect not.)


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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 1018
    I've got a partscaster with a Warmoth neck - it is really good!
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32848
    If you want to try it, change the neck. The worst it will do is cost you money and time - you can always put the original one back on.

    Never irreversibly alter a guitar you love - changes to the wood, even quite small ones, can drastically alter the resonance. If it’s great now it can only go one way...

    It *may* not do, but you only find that out when you can’t go back.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • jaymenonjaymenon Frets: 44
     All good  and thought provoking points, Thanks guys…

    I have two telecasters on which I swapped the necks around to see what the effects would be. I was to admit that the tonal effects (unplugged/ acoustically) are very subtle indeed...

     Perhaps I’ll try that Warmoth neck after all 
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