Fender neck profiles for beginners?

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  1. sketches

    sketches Member

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    Hey guys,

    Just a quick question. What neck profile would you recommend to a beginner? Putting together a Telecaster project and I'm looking for ideas on the neck. There doesn't seem to be enough information out there on these (or at least diagrams/comparisons) but I would really like some feedback. I'm thinking C shape with vintage frets at the moment 'cos that's what my old Classic 50's Telecaster had and I rather dug that. My hands would be considered 'medium sized' I guess. I'm just trying to get the most of my playing (aka making excuses). :eek:

    p.s. I know I could just go and try them out but it's a bit hard to ask the clerk what eat and every model is so I can reference them to see whether it's a U or a C shape neck...
     
  2. bynt

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    Most of the stock Fender stuff (to my knowledge) is a slimmer "C". I personally don't resonate with that shape at all. If you can find a Jimmie Vaugh strat, those are a soft "V". Then (I'm not the best at this, some of the Fender guru's will hopefully chime in) I think that the 52 reissue tele is a "U". But I"m not sure on that. I'd say go play a couple of Standard Strats and see if you like those. I would suggest trying a thicker necked guitar as well. You'd be surprised to find how much easier they are to play for some folks with "mid-sized" to larger hands. I hate slimmer necks now. My hands get tired way too easy with them.
     
  3. fishlog

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    If your putting together a Tele from parts your going to have a harder time and spend more money looking for any thing other than the classic 'C' Profile. I have a Soft 'V' on my Parts Tele and I love it but it certainly makes it a much larger neck to play then the usual 'C' you find on a strat at your local guitar store. It also was MORE money. I found one on a CIJ 55' Tele RI. If your a beginner, which I believe you said you were, The 'C' I think is the easiest to play. The Soft V is fun but different, I would stay away from anything else i.e. Hard 'V' or 'U' . Check out Fender.com they actually have a lot of links and you may find some diagrams.
     
  4. Polynitro

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    I don't think there is a beginner/intermediate/expert shape. Everyone is different...I prefer a fat U shape like the Nocasters have, a slightly less fat U like the US52RI has or an even slightly less fat U shape like the CIJ 52 has...I don't much like C shape to me its all about the shoulder...If you like the shape of your 50's classic go with that which is a C shape IIRC. There is also not much correlation between small hands/thin neck or vice versa...Some people with small hands prefer big baseball bat necks and some people with huge hands like little baby pencil necks.
     
  5. 8Painting

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    What about the 24" Mustang/Jag scale?
     

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