OK folks, a few of you might have heard me harp on about my MIM Fender Standard Telecaster.
It was bought in January 2004 so it's likely to be a 2003 model - in black, with white scratchplate and all standard parts etc.
The neck has a fairly thin gloss.
I upgraded the pickups to Samarium Cobalt Noiseless in probably 2007-2008 (I didn't know much about pickups at the time so it was a case of price and limited research, but apparently that's what the American Standards were fitted with at the time).
I can remember trying a few guitars just before buying it, including a similar MIM Standard Tele in the local music shop, but the neck felt almost chunkier at the time.
The neck on my MIM Tele is the best I've ever played/felt on a guitar (subjective, of course) - and every MIM Tele I've tried since just doesn't have the same feel on the neck - they either feel chunkier or less smooth. There's no fighting, no compromise required, it just feels like I can glide anywhere on the fingerboard and, even with my short, stubby fingers, I can shape most chords and scales easily. It's like butter, as the cliche goes.
When I had those pickups changed around 07/08/whenever it was, the guys in the shop couldn't stop playing the guitar, and said it felt amazing. They couldn't believe it was a 'standard' Tele because it felt better than so many other guitars in the shop (which varied between your Squiers and your top-end Fenders).
Now, I appreciate that I've had this guitar for over 14 years, I'm a bit biased, and it's aged wonderfully - the once pale maple has become a warmer colour, and the frets are a bit more 'played in' - but is it likely that Fender would have changed the neck profiles at all? Even within the same run of Teles (hence me finding the ones in shops at the same time felt different)? Was I lucky and did I get a 'good one' of the batch?
I know there's the adage that every guitar is different, even in the same run, but would the difference really be that tangible?
Let me know your thoughts - there are wiser folk than I on here who can probably answer, but also interested in hearing about your 'perfect neck' guitar experiences.