Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by JoeinLA, Aug 2, 2006.
Just wondering what guitar has the smallest neck width (from shoulder to shoulder).
Uhh... Something currently in production?
Some of the Rickenbacker products might suit you.
I was at a local Gibson dealer and was goofing around on a Larry Carlton signature ES-335 and thought the neck felt kind of small in width (which works for me; I've got really small hands) but kind of "medium" in depth, like a current LP Standard with the '50s neck. I checked the specs and it has a 1 9/16" nut width - which is 1/16" smaller than a vintage Fender's 1 5/8" nut width.
Sorry about that. Sometimes I just can't help myself.
I like big necks, so I can't help you too much on current guitars, but I've played a lot of mid- to late-60s Gibson 335s and Epiphone Rivieras that sounded spectacular but were far too narrow in neck width for me. Maybe something like that might work, if you were to think about going the vintage route...
The LP and SG Goddess has a neck width of 1.625.
I believe the Fender Bonnie Raitt Strat has a really narrow nut width. Also check out the EBMM Axis and Luke. To me those feel real narrow. I happen to be a big fan of narrow necks with thick carves btw.
My all time favorite narrow neck is the Peavey Wolfgang.
While enjoying a bit of Nuge-inspired gear gawking a few years back, I took a vintage Gibson Byrdland off the wall at Guitar Center Hollywood.
My memory was that it had a surprisingly narrow width over the complete length of the neck. The nut width on the current Limited Historic Byrdland models is 1 11/16", so maybe the multi-ply binding made it appear thinner than it actually was.
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My 60's Hagstrom III has got an incredibly thin, narrow neck.
The Epiphone Casino has/had an very thin/narrow neck.
music man axis is narrow but fat i think its 1.625 i think the luke is even narrower