Fat necks, an observation

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  1. dazco

    dazco Member

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    I wonder if others have thought the same, but i just noticed something after buying fat neck guitar the other day. I always disliked them, and to me what i call too fat is what many think of as thin. So for me the epi i just got is insanely fat. In fact i picked up the gibson version of it which is a 50s LP special and it's fatter then the gibson. This easily the fattest neck i ever owned and the only reason i bought it was otherwise the guitar was a incredible deal on exactly what i had been looking for aside from the crazy fat neck. I really didn't think i would be able to get used to it but to my surprise within a day i was loving it. In the past the fat neck guitars i have owned never lasted long before i sold them out of frustration, and none were near this fat.

    Thats what prompted me to post this.....the possible reason why i was able to love what i always hated before. So whats the difference? I *think* it's gotta be this....it's a gibson (well, epi but basically a gibson) and being a major fender guy the fat necks i have had previously were all fenders. I have owned few gibsons or gibson clones etc, but of the ones i have owned they were all slim taper. Has anyone consider the idea that fat necks are much more usable on the gibson 24.75 scale and other gibson design aspects ? Thats the only thing i can imagine because i cannot stand fenders with fat necks. I might last a few weeks before i give up at most. This thing has the fattest neck i have owned and i was in love with the neck a day after getting it. Anyone else thought the same?
     
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    Before I got to the part about a shorter scale I thought “it’s probably because it’s a shorter scale”. Of course things like setup, radius and fret size more than likely contribute but still.

    happy NGD btw :beer did you score one of the tv yellow P90 jobs?
     
  3. cutaway

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    Not for me. I always loved fat necks on all scale lengths until I screwed up my fretting hand. Now it's slim taper for me only. :( Had to learn to get used to them. But it's fine now. Fat necks KILL me after just a few songs.
     
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    I've started playing acoustic 95% of the time. Most, if not all, of the differences between my electric necks have gone away. Even my fat necked Telecaster is puny in comparison. And this is with a Taylor, a brand considered to "play like an electric" by acoustic snobs. I can only imagine what my electrics would feel like in comparison to a "real" acoustic. LOL
     
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    Neck size and scale lenght have no correlation whatsoever, for me at least. But I don't see how it possibly would.
     
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    No, my Baja Tele is the only fat neck I own and also the only 1.650" nut guitar I own (also have 2 strats and 1 Les Paul, all three at 1 11/16"). The fat neck feels really good with the 1.650" but when I try 1 11/16" nut guitars with a fat neck I don't like it as much. My Les Paul feels really good at .84" at the first fret.
     
  7. dazco

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    Thanks, yeah, the ep version.
     
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    I screwed mine up too back in the ate 90s and never been the same since. Thats not why i like tin necks because i always have, but it did really destroy my playing ability to this day. I'm just stunned at how i have come to not just be fine with this neck but love it. Strange. Thats why i can't see any other reason but the fender vs gibson thing.
     
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