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Big neck preference?

Neck size preference?

  • I prefer big/thick necks

  • I prefer smaller/thinner necks

  • I have no preference


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catpeople

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Casually browsing TGP, I get the sense most people here prefer bigger necks, and many say they find them more comfortable. That made me curious, because I find big necks uncomfortable and prefer thinner, flatter necks myself (though I like them wide). I have big hands, so it can't be just about hand size. What's your preference, and why?
 

Eagle1

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Thick necks are more comfortable for thumb over guys, but if you use classical hand position thin and flat is best. Totally personal prefferance .
 

theruley

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I like a thick neck. Can't really explain why, but a thin neck just doesn't feel right to me.
 
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I do a bit of thumb over neck stuff but probably spend more time in a more default position. Can't really handle anything thinner than Gibson 60s Slimtaper (have this on my 335 and still wish it was a bit thicker sometimes) but that is still a lot thicker than the standard Ibanez shredder neck which I can't stand and which have always hurt my hand.

The PRS Wide Fat/Pattern neck seems to be a perfect carve for me.
 

el supermanny

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You are right that hand size does not matter. I have small hands and I think the 50's LP neck is the most comfortable neck around. That style neck just rests nicely in the groove where my thumb meets my palm. Also, I find that Fender necks (like my Strat) make my hand start to hurt rather quickly.

I really want to get my hands on one of the Telecaster U necks to try those out.
 

Average Joe

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I like them medium or bigger. It's not something I think about most of the time but it seems that my favourite necks all have a good deal of depth to them. For me personally that's more important than width. Larger necks are more comfortable for thumb over, but I also think a bit of depth ads to the comfort in the classic left hand position.
 

catpeople

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Thick necks are more comfortable for thumb over guys, but if you use classical hand position thin and flat is best. Totally personal prefferance .
I'm thumb over, bar 3-4 strings with my thumb, and still prefer thin. :dunno
 

Stratburst70

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I have medium to large hands and I much prefer a larger neck - minimum girth .835" at the nut (that's my #1's Warmoth SRV neck). They're much more comfortable when playing longer gigs and when bending strings. I tried one of the monster U-shaped Broadcaster necks from the Custom Shop and it felt huge in my hand but, after a couple of minutes, I was moving around fairly well on it.
 

JJ321

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I don't really have a preference. I've owned LP's and SG's with the 50's style necks and a couple of LP's with the slim 60's profile and some Fenders with the slim C style and I thought that they were all comfotable. I think that the only neck that I didn't like playing was on a couple of Fenders that had a V shaped neck profile. For some reason, I didn't find those comfortable to play.
 

HerrRentz

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Thicker and slightly wider than normal.

I loved the baseball bat neck on the Turner and my R7 VOS Custom is pretty good too.
 

LarryOM

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I always wonder what playing style (rhythm, lead, etc.) a person plays when he says he prefers a thick or thin neck. I play thumb over the top but I play mostly lead and prefer thinner necks. So I wonder if there is some general correlation between styles and neck preferences. In other words, since most seem to prefer thicker necks, are these mostly rhythm players? Or am I just an oddball because I go against the majority who prefer thick necks. Or am I with the majority of lead players. Or is it totally irrelevant? The discussion might be more informative if we knew what style a person played with what neck thickness.
 

buddhuu

Active Member
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I have short fingers, but once I've acclimatised to a guitar I can get used to thick, thin or in-between. No biggie.
 




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