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  • blobbblobb Frets: 802
    Best neck I ever played was on a mates old Washburn. Terrible guitar, ropey pickups, but there was something about that neck. I had a similar Washburn and the neck was ok but nothing like his. We always said when the rest of the guitar had finally packed up we would salvage the neck and bolt it onto any old lump of wood we could find. Just goes to show, sometimes it all comes together, there's no way you would have thought that guitar was anything special. It made you play a certain way, quacky guitar we called it, and it came to define his musical style which he still plays to this day. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4281
    Philly_Q said:
    My PRS 25th Anniversary Mira had, what to me was an amazing neck. Realy comfy and easy for me to play. I regret selling that guitar and now i can't afford to get another.

    I understand that this neck carve was only available on this model too so a cheaper alternative looks out of the question

    I believe it was the Regular (sometimes known as Standard) profile, which was also an option on the "normal" humbucker loaded, 24 fret Mira.

    The difference was the 25th had 22 frets and, I think, the slightly shorter 24.5" scale.

    I knew about the scale length but not the neck detail, so thanks for that info.
    Maybe worth going out and trying a few other PRS guitars then.
    I liked the rounded  almost fat feel to the neck, also liked the P90s but that is another thing....... as i said Regrets
    Try some S2 models, they nearly all have the Regular neck profile (or the updated Pattern Regular, anyway).  Probably won't feel exactly the same as your old Mira, but they won't be a million miles away.  Not too pricey secondhand, either.
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 18
    normula1 said:
    My mid 80s ESP 400 Series Tele just has the best neck ever for me. It's a bit on the chunky side but not excessively so, 22 fret fairly flat radius. The frets could do with being replaced as they're very small, but I'm burying my head in the sand about that as don't want to risk altering the feel.
    I bought it used in the late 80s for the same price as a new Fender as it simply blew them away.
    Strangely enough ESP used to do a Tele in the early to mid 2000s which I think was endorsed by Jonah Matranga - I think it had a bucker at the bridge, but it always looked really nice. I think it was called a Hybrid. The image I remember from the catalogue was a maroon kind of body colour with a black scratchplate. 
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  • iain.reverbiain.reverb Frets: 182
    Best guitar necks on the planet are on James Tylers, Fill your palm, satin smooth and rolled edges just a shame about the headstock !
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 18
    I've never been sure about 'chunky' necks - people seem to love them but I've got quite short stubby fingers so I appreciate quite narrow, thin necks like on my MIM Tele. Having said that, I found the Pacifca 112 neck just a bit too narrow, especially at the nut. Not great for chords. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4281
    joetele said:
    Strangely enough ESP used to do a Tele in the early to mid 2000s which I think was endorsed by Jonah Matranga - I think it had a bucker at the bridge, but it always looked really nice. I think it was called a Hybrid. The image I remember from the catalogue was a maroon kind of body colour with a black scratchplate. 
    Like this one?  They've been making that model, or variations on it, for a long time.  I seem to recall first seeing a black & white picture of one in a guitar mag (or maybe even Sounds) way back in the 80s.


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  • rexterrexter Frets: 132
    I miss the neck on a 1968 Melody Maker SG I had more than any other I think.

    Probably not to a lot of peoples' tastes as it was very narrow at the nut and incredibly chunky/deep. Refretted with medium frets it played like a dream. Just really comfy and exactly how I like them.

    I have some mahogany neck blanks and plan to build a couple of necks later this year, and top of my list for ages has been to build something similar to this in bolt on form. Think I still have the email address of the guy I sold the Gibson to so I might see if he can give me any measurements from it if he's feeling generous... Highly optimistic to think mine would be as good as a vintage Gibson though!  :o
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 18
    Philly_Q said:
    joetele said:
    Strangely enough ESP used to do a Tele in the early to mid 2000s which I think was endorsed by Jonah Matranga - I think it had a bucker at the bridge, but it always looked really nice. I think it was called a Hybrid. The image I remember from the catalogue was a maroon kind of body colour with a black scratchplate. 
    Like this one?  They've been making that model, or variations on it, for a long time.  I seem to recall first seeing a black & white picture of one in a guitar mag (or maybe even Sounds) way back in the 80s.


    That's the exact one! I need to find a Youtube video of how it sounds. Always thought these looked really nice. 
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  • RMJRMJ Frets: 812
    Tom Anderson necks are wonderful.
    Also PRS necks that aren't painted. I had an NF3 once with a glorious neck.
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1622
    One of my mates had an early 90s 57 avri Strat which had just the right neck for me. I'm probably remembering it super-favourably but it was lovely. The only thing I've personally owned which runs it close is a Musikraft Franky neck with no finish..

    I very much love the neck on my MIJ Jackson Fusion also.. much thinner but it was my first proper guitar so I think I'm predisposed to liking necks similar to it. 

    I like fatter necks when I'm playing seated but thinner ones when I'm playing with the band. I don't know if that's in my head though. 
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  • bbill335bbill335 Frets: 610
    rexter said:


    Probably not to a lot of peoples' tastes as it was very narrow at the nut and incredibly chunky/deep. Refretted with medium frets it played like a dream. Just really comfy and exactly how I like them.


    That's how I describe the neck on my 66 mustang. It's not freakishly narrow like an A-width fender, but it's no wider than 41mm and the back profile at the nut is quite clubby. There's barely any taper between neck and headstock. The allparts neck I got from you is a lot like it, actually. 

    The neck on my tokai strat has that narrow nut but it's small all over. That's a really nice neck to play. 
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  • AlexOAlexO Frets: 136
    Does anyone else really struggle with the blade 61 SG necks. I absolutely love the sound and look of them but those thin wide necks are horrible to hold.

    My 59ri 330 neck is the best for me. I thought it was fairly big but now it feels tiny after playing my Nocaster.
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 18
    bbill335 said:
    The neck on my tokai strat has that narrow nut but it's small all over. That's a really nice neck to play. 
    I think I'd like the neck on that strat :+1: 
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  • drwiddlydrwiddly Frets: 313
    I've owned and played dozens of guitars over the years from Strats, LP's, PRS, Eggle, Ibanez, etc. Although there were many different neck shapes, I've been happy with most of them which would suggest that I'm not very fussy.
    However, of all the Tele's I've played in shops and belonging to friends, I've absolutely hated most of the neck profiles. Don't know why that is.
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  • bbill335bbill335 Frets: 610
    joetele said:
    bbill335 said:
    The neck on my tokai strat has that narrow nut but it's small all over. That's a really nice neck to play. 
    I think I'd like the neck on that strat :+1: 
    I think it's a 70s fender thing. It's a tokai silver star, so it's a copy of the late 70s strat. I had a 70s reissue mij mustang and that had a great tiny neck too. If you look at a jazz bass neck from the 70s, they're like a baby's wrist, just incredibly slim and narrow. 


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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 18
    bbill335 said:
    joetele said:
    bbill335 said:
    The neck on my tokai strat has that narrow nut but it's small all over. That's a really nice neck to play. 
    I think I'd like the neck on that strat :+1: 
    I think it's a 70s fender thing. It's a tokai silver star, so it's a copy of the late 70s strat. I had a 70s reissue mij mustang and that had a great tiny neck too. If you look at a jazz bass neck from the 70s, they're like a baby's wrist, just incredibly slim and narrow. 


    Looks like 70s style for my next Fender or Squier purchase then... :)
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4281
    edited July 12
    AlexO said:
    Does anyone else really struggle with the blade 61 SG necks. I absolutely love the sound and look of them but those thin wide necks are horrible to hold.

    My 59ri 330 neck is the best for me. I thought it was fairly big but now it feels tiny after playing my Nocaster.

    I'm with you.  I love a Nocaster neck.  Wide and thin is the very worst neck profile for me, narrow(ish) and fat for the win.

    rexter said:
    I miss the neck on a 1968 Melody Maker SG I had more than any other I think.

    Probably not to a lot of peoples' tastes as it was very narrow at the nut and incredibly chunky/deep. Refretted with medium frets it played like a dream. Just really comfy and exactly how I like them.
    I like the sound of that neck!
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  • adamm82adamm82 Frets: 369
    edited July 12
    I'd say my squier strat I got as a teenager. Though I believe it's more likely as it was the guitar I spent most time learning on that makes it feel comfortable. Though after digging out of my parents loft quite years later it didn't feel the same. 

    also I thought it used to sound decent i plugged it in and it was a horrendous noise machine. Well that's my usual playing style. 
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  • bbill335bbill335 Frets: 610
    joetele said:
    bbill335 said:
    joetele said:
    bbill335 said:
    The neck on my tokai strat has that narrow nut but it's small all over. That's a really nice neck to play. 
    I think I'd like the neck on that strat :+1: 
    I think it's a 70s fender thing. It's a tokai silver star, so it's a copy of the late 70s strat. I had a 70s reissue mij mustang and that had a great tiny neck too. If you look at a jazz bass neck from the 70s, they're like a baby's wrist, just incredibly slim and narrow. 


    Looks like 70s style for my next Fender or Squier purchase then... :)
    Watch out coz MIM/MIA Fenders seem to have 43mm wide nuts across the majority of models these days. Try to find some old Tokais/Grecos/etc. to try out, I think you've got a better chance of finding something with a small neck. 
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 18
    bbill335 said:
    joetele said:
    bbill335 said:
    joetele said:
    bbill335 said:
    The neck on my tokai strat has that narrow nut but it's small all over. That's a really nice neck to play. 
    I think I'd like the neck on that strat :+1: 
    I think it's a 70s fender thing. It's a tokai silver star, so it's a copy of the late 70s strat. I had a 70s reissue mij mustang and that had a great tiny neck too. If you look at a jazz bass neck from the 70s, they're like a baby's wrist, just incredibly slim and narrow. 


    Looks like 70s style for my next Fender or Squier purchase then... :)
    Watch out coz MIM/MIA Fenders seem to have 43mm wide nuts across the majority of models these days. Try to find some old Tokais/Grecos/etc. to try out, I think you've got a better chance of finding something with a small neck. 
    Cheers dude. I'm not actively looking right this minute, but I'm always looking...
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  • downbytheriverdownbytheriver Frets: 203
    Oddly it was the neck on an Adamas acoustic from the early 90s - v shaped and perfect for my hand. The rest of the guitar was fine for the time but I moved on. The neck on my 40th Anniversary Tele was not dissimilar... 
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  • EartrumpetEartrumpet Frets: 44
    Philly_Q said:
    Philly_Q said:
    My PRS 25th Anniversary Mira had, what to me was an amazing neck. Realy comfy and easy for me to play. I regret selling that guitar and now i can't afford to get another.

    I understand that this neck carve was only available on this model too so a cheaper alternative looks out of the question

    I believe it was the Regular (sometimes known as Standard) profile, which was also an option on the "normal" humbucker loaded, 24 fret Mira.

    The difference was the 25th had 22 frets and, I think, the slightly shorter 24.5" scale.

    I knew about the scale length but not the neck detail, so thanks for that info.
    Maybe worth going out and trying a few other PRS guitars then.
    I liked the rounded  almost fat feel to the neck, also liked the P90s but that is another thing....... as i said Regrets
    Try some S2 models, they nearly all have the Regular neck profile (or the updated Pattern Regular, anyway).  Probably won't feel exactly the same as your old Mira, but they won't be a million miles away.  Not too pricey secondhand, either.
    Many thanks for the heads up, i will have a look about. Wiz given, thanks again
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  • GarthyGarthy Frets: 1643
    Philly_Q said:
    joetele said:
    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've owned a lot of guitars with theoretically identical neck profiles and no matter the manufacturer, no matter their reputation for quality control (or lack thereof), the necks always, always feel different.

    I think it's inevitable when the material is something as variable as wood and there's some degree of human intervention, no matter how little, in the manufacturing process.
    I was wondering about this too as my Jackson has a great neck, certainly as good as any of the MIJ 90's Professional series. Being a flat sawn blank I wondered if different blanks would have higher or lower qualities depending where they were harvested from in relation to each other?
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  • chris78chris78 Frets: 70
    Honestly, the neck shape I like depends on my mood and what I’m playing. I can’t do super skinny, but I’ve got everything from 60s c to nocaster u. 

    My absolute favourite though is broadcaster 0038. Musikraft recreate blackguard necks based on Nacho Banos measurements. I’ve had 3 different ones, and they are unreal.
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 132
    bbill335 said:
    rexter said:


    Probably not to a lot of peoples' tastes as it was very narrow at the nut and incredibly chunky/deep. Refretted with medium frets it played like a dream. Just really comfy and exactly how I like them.


    That's how I describe the neck on my 66 mustang. It's not freakishly narrow like an A-width fender, but it's no wider than 41mm and the back profile at the nut is quite clubby. There's barely any taper between neck and headstock. The allparts neck I got from you is a lot like it, actually. 

    The neck on my tokai strat has that narrow nut but it's small all over. That's a really nice neck to play. 
    Sounds like a nice neck Bill. I have a 70s Musicmaster neck stashed away in my neck cupboard which is actually quite similar to that. I swapped a vintage mustang i’d restored for the Gibson that I’m pining for.
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  • cpcompanycpcompany Frets: 102
    My Eric Clapton strat has an amazing neck. Sold it when I was a daft youngun as I liked chopping and changing my guitars . I keep promising myself that I will buy another one at some point
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  • dallcorpdallcorp Frets: 29
    Blues Saraceno TV Twenty (made by Samick)........or more recently my Ancho Poblano (nocaster size/profiled strat neck).
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  • matt.drink73matt.drink73 Frets: 104
    Ditto on my 99 US Tele, beat to shit maple board with bits flaking off but I’ve never played anything like it. Had custom shops and vintage ones etc that don’t come close. A friend even liked it so much he bought an identical one from the same year which isn’t even close. If you get THAT neck don’t even think about selling!
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 18
    Ditto on my 99 US Tele, beat to shit maple board with bits flaking off but I’ve never played anything like it. Had custom shops and vintage ones etc that don’t come close. A friend even liked it so much he bought an identical one from the same year which isn’t even close. If you get THAT neck don’t even think about selling!
    Agreed. I once thought about selling it, and now I'm imagining how furious I'd be with my past self if I'd have done so. Played it at practice yesterday and was still in awe at the neck. 
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 3407
    2 words.........MUSIC MAN
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