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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Strat neck thickness. What do you like, have you gone thicker etc.

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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Aug 29th, 2017 03:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm getting a USACG strat neck & body and have been thinking about the neck thickness. My SQ strat is .83" or so at the first fret, tapering to .92" or so at the 12th. The new neck will have slightly higher frets than the old one, but I'm wondering about going a bit thicker as well.

The .92" at the 12th feels about right, my hands are about average size, but the first fret feels like it could be thicker. I'm also wondering about what some here have said in the past about thicker necks being more comfortable as you get older.

USACG necks have a taper of .07" so I could go a tiny bit thicker at .84" at the first and still have .92" at the 12th. Or should I go a bit thicker anyway. It will be a C shape, 7.25" radius. I don't get on with V shapes.

Any thoughts, preferences, changes with age? Thanks.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Aug 29th, 2017 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is so individualistic that it's kind of like asking what kind of food is good, or what is a good color for a shirt.

Having said that, I happened to have an electric with the strings off that has what I consider a very comfortable neck, and it measures .83" to .94". So your numbers certainly seem to be in the normal range.

I switch back and forth between classical guitars and electrics, so I am really not fussy about thicknesses or shapes. YMMV.

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El Californio

Aug 29th, 2017 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think 50s Classic Strats with the soft V neck are dreamy: .890 @ 1st Fret, .900 @ 12th - almost no taper, soft V profile, vintage radius 7.25".
I used to like fatter necks but as I get older I find I'm preferring slimmer profiles.

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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Aug 30th, 2017 03:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Te 52, yes, I thought it might be a 'how long is a piece of string' question. But thanks for the measure, the only other guitar I measured recently was another MIJ strat which was the same as mine. And online I found some Am Std measurements which are thinner, and pepole say do feel skinny. And, coincidentlly, my Epiphone Sheraton is very similar to my strat but feels very different with the flatter (14") board and wider neck. Swapping between the two is a bit like going to a clasical!

Archiestone, interesting, going thinner as you get older. I wondered about a 'no taper' as well, USACG offer a 1" no taper which I thought might be a bit thick.

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Aug 30th, 2017 05:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 1991 Jeff Beck Strat has a huge neck, but is really comfortable. I'm not sure what the neck shape is but it's unique to the early JB model.

Most of my other Strats have a modern "C" shape. I have no problem going from those Strats to playing the JB.

ps - I don't care for the "boat neck" profile because it's too beefy around the first four frets or so.

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and meanwhile, I'm still thinkin' . . .
Aug 30th, 2017 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I went shopping for Strats I tried everything on the rack and ended up with a JV Strat, which just came out, with the soft V neck. $300 brand new! Play it every day.

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Aug 30th, 2017 08:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I used to want Fender-width, generic C.

After playing a '16 Gibson LP HP for a year+ with the ultra-wide neck and pleasant profile, I'm spoiled.

If I was going to have a custom built, I'd go for the *wider* fretboard because it's amazing.

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Pueblo, Co

Relics produce tone, man.....
Aug 30th, 2017 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I find that I am very at home with the 52 tele style necks that are a little beefier and have a soft V, my few teles with thinner amse style c necks are more of a burden to play. I am spoiled having such choices.

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MT, USA and Jura, FR

Aug 30th, 2017 09:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Soft V is the ultimate for me. Relatively thick. I have an Alvarez acoustic with an extraordinary neck shape, very comfortable. I used one of those profile-cabinetry-finishing carpentry devices to profile the neck, and that is how I learned about soft V relative to C shaped, modern C.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Aug 31st, 2017 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

My Amstd is a thinner C, while my MiM is seemingly a little thicker or maybe it's just the same and I don't notice. I have no trouble on either neck, nor do I have issue with the Wide / Fat on my PRS.

I used to think the neck thickness argument was a bit of cork sniffery, until I played one with a baseball neck.. THEN I felt the difference, had trouble with chording and especially some jazz chords I make way down by the cowboy end of the neck.

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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Sep 1st, 2017 03:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks all, food for thought. There seems to be a lot of love for V shapes, I've never got on with them and I've tried a few. Heartbreaking that I couldn't have a Clapton 000, or was that because I couldn't afford one... I'll probably go with .84" at the 1st, USACG say their measurements may not be exact given the nature of hand sanding, but I expect that will be OK, and get me near .92" at the 12th.


It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Sep 1st, 2017 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a Jimmie Vaughan Strat that has a nice, full, soft-V. Mine is a 1999 and I think the newer versions are not as "full."
I've always really liked mine.

My favorite Strat neck, though, is the one from a Robert Cray Strat that I bought for my homebrew Strat. It's a nice, full "C."
No idea what the measurements are, but it's got some heft to it all the way up the neck. It's one of the more comfortable necks that I own.

Coral Head

Sunshine State

Groupies needed
Sep 1st, 2017 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I too have a Jimmie Vaughan that is just about perfect for me.

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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Sep 12th, 2017 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played a friend's Roadworn 60's tele the other day, which has a soft V to C shape. I've played it before and never noticed the V. It was OK.

But for my USACG strat order I've gone with their pre-existing suggestion which they call 'the 63', measured from a 1963 strat, which is .83" at the first fret with a .09" taper.

That should be close to what I'm used to, plus a 'little bit more' with a finish on it and taller 6105 frets. That's something the custom companies don't mention, to take into account the thickness of your finish. My guess is they expect most folk to go with thin nitro finishes. Well, I've pulled the trigger, it's done...

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

"Everywhere I look, I see guitars..."
Sep 12th, 2017 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a couple of Warmoth necks (one for Strat, one for Tele) that are 1" at the nut or first fret... I find them to be very comfortable (sort of a soft V shape - what Warmoth calls their "Boatneck").

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