Can someone with a Collings CJ and/or a Martin D18A and a caliper help a brother out?

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  1. DaveNJ

    DaveNJ Supporting Member

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    Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you out there would be able to measure a Collings CJ neck for me?

    If possible, can I get measurements of neck width at the 1st, 5th and 12th fret and also neck depth at the 1st and 5th frets?

    I'm looking for a guitar with a neck profile which fits my hand well as I tend to get easily fatigues with smaller necks and I want to see how the CJ neck differs from the D18A...

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    Close as I can get is a D1A. Fab guitar!
     
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    Not the CJ, but I found this on the Collings Forum:
    http://collingsforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/74760485/m/8901012643?r=8901012643#8901012643

    Standard Neck:
    Nut Width 1 11/16" or 1 3/4"
    Saddle Spacing: 2 3/16"
    Width at 12th fret: 2 1/8"
    Modified V profile.

    Standard Vintage Neck:
    Nut Width: 1 3/4"
    Saddle Spacing: 2 3/8"
    Width at 12th fret: 2 1/4"
    Biggest, chunkiest neck we offer.

    'Vintage Now' Neck:
    Nut Width 1 3/4"
    Saddle Spacing: 2 1/4"
    Width at 12th Fret: 2.21
    In between the Standard neck and the Standard Vintage neck in size. A bit rounder profile in the lower position, but gets more "V" as you go up towards the body.

    CW Neck:
    Nut Width: 1 23/32"
    Saddle Spacing: 2 1/4"
    Width at 12th fret: 2 3/16"
    Modified V profile.
     
  4. DaveNJ

    DaveNJ Supporting Member

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    Yes, I saw that as well - I've asked there for CJ measurements, but no joy as of yet...
     
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    too bad there are front to back measurements for those collings necks. i am hoping i can lay my hands on the whole range at namm.... my lucas kenny smith has a fabulously giant neck.
     
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    dave, the cj neck profile is round and full like the older gibsons. in fact it is very similar to the i35 neck. john reynolds over at golden age guitars in westfield has a used i35 (although i wish he didn't because my house in NJ is too close to his shop already) there that you could try. the cj neck is a little deeper profile (thicker)

    i own three cj's and don't like the d18a neck (it's too big and too vee'd for my taste). actually i think the cj neck and the c10 neck (with the haircut headstock, not the OM headstock) are the same profile.
     
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    Ahh, good to know - thanks! I can head up there over the weekend!
     
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    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    Ask this question over in the Collings Forum. Prolly get an informed answer there.
     
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    DaveNJ Supporting Member

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    Yup, did that - crickets so far...
     
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    Mc-K Gold Supporting Member

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    mandolin bros inventory is sometimes pretty stale. call first before you go and make sure they have one.

    lark street was a collings dealer, but i heard yesterday that he had given up his dealership.
     
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    I've got a CJ, just no caliper. The CJ neck is definitely not too thin, nor too thick. In fact I would say it is just right! I know --- no help!
     
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    Now, If I could only get a measurement of your hand... :)

    I'm going to go try a few tomorrow - we'll see!
     
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    My prediction: your credit card will see some action. :)
     
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    Normally, I would agree with you. But I am forcing myself to be very picky this time around. I may try to get to a shop in Pittsburgh (and maybe Mass.) which are big collings dealers as well.

    We'll see how that works out for me... :)
     
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    My prediction: you'll cave after a strum or two. :D
     
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    Damn you! Stop pointing out the inevitable!!! :)
     
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    Good luck and have fun!
     
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    Well, I made it through without buying anything - I was very proud of myself! I'm going to check a few more out this week. I need to find an adi/hog model to try...
     

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