cheap guitars with big necks

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  1. Mighty Melvin

    Mighty Melvin Member

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    Since this subject is on the table, is there any way to objectively measure the girth and shape of a neck, for instance to convey a choice to a vendor or a customer, or are we constrained to using semi-imaginary jargon?
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  3. Thwap

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    those goofy Wylde audio guitars have huge necks.
     
  4. bigtone23

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    Ritchie Kotzen Tele has a chunker neck on it.
     
    Blue Lizard and fretless like this.
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    There's the infamous 2015 Gibson line...
     
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    Old Ovation electrics!
     
  7. Blaqhat

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    Depends on where you want the chunk, epiphone in general to me usually feel bigger. Seems like less taper.
     
  8. Tone_Terrific

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    It's easy and standard to measure the width at the nut, the thickness at the first fret and a provide reasonable description of the shape.
    It's common when buying a replacement neck to have those specs listed.
    Less common to find them attached to a hang tag and even less common for an owner to know what he has or prefers.
     
  9. DrumBob

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    They're and flat, not fat. Terrible feeling shredder's necks, IMO. The Epiphone Dot a has a fat neck, as does the first iteration of the Epi LP Traditional Pro, as has been mentioned. When Epiphone did those Pelham Blue guitars a few years ago, all of them fat necks. The Epi Inspired by '55 LP has a a fat neck. I'm very tempted to buy one of those.
     
  10. cardinal

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    Easiest way to objectively compare is to use something like a line of solder and bend it around the back of the neck behind the nut, 12th fret, etc. and then trace the resulting shape onto a piece of paper.

    That way you can really look at what the contour is and make comparisons.

    But it's not hugely practical because you'll have a hard time getting anyone else to make reliable tracing for you to compare and even if you do it yourself, you have to be careful to be consistent.
     
  11. Mighty Melvin

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    Or this, from Home Depot:

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    But you still couldn't define the neck's thickness unless you laid a metal bar on a table, laid the fingerboard on the bar, and pushed the gauge down to the bar on each side....and who's gonna do that?
     
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    PRS SE Soapbar II has a big fatty on it.
     
  13. Mikhael

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    Then I need to get one, because I LIKE them wide and flat. You know it's not just shredders, right? Classical guitar necks are wide and flat, the way necks are supposed to be... :)
     
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    And classical guitarists shred like nobody's business....
     
  15. DrumBob

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    I resemble that remark. ;)
     
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    The 2014 Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker has a nice fat but comfortable neck. I think it's called a '50s Rounded, which is a '59 style neck. They can be had used for $350-450.
     
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    At a guitar store about 10 years ago, not that far back for me I played a new MIM Esquire. The neck was huge but the carve was really comfortable, and a good sound, mellow with clarity and sustain. I've been meaning to pick one up ever since.
     
  18. Mighty Melvin

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    You'd like the Affinity Strat that I'll sell as soon as I fix it up. It has a mutant Squier neck (not original) that is wide and thin.
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    Epi Bonamassa LP. Checked one out briefly at GC. Chunky ass neck.

    On the Fender side another vote here for Baja Tele.
     

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