How important is the shape of a guitar's neck to you?

How important is the shape of a guitar's neck to you?

  • Not important. I can play any neck shape.

  • Somewhat important.

  • Very important. I like to have a certain neck shape.


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Figaro

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I like rounder, fatter shaped necks because they are more comfortable for me to play.
 

tonegangster

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Very important!! It doesn't always have to be the same shape for me to enjoy playing it but, I do tend to like certain shapes better than others. I know it when I pick it up
 

rawkguitarist

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I'm not super picky... I just don't like inconsistencies between my guitars. So my favorite neck at the time of my first custom guitar was a PRS McCarty Rosewood... I gave my builder those dimensions and he's built me 4 necks based on those dimensions. They all come out feeling slightly different, since they're hand shaped necks, but they're so close there's no acclimation issues.
 

scott520

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VERY! Its one of my "make or break" details. I have permanent nerve damage in my left arm. Smaller neck shapes and oddly enough V necks aggravate the condition. Fortunately for me, I preferred baseball bat necks before the nerve damage became an issue.
 

SPROING!

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Whatever. It's down the list of things that matter. I've owned Godins with pencil necks all the way to my Silvertone with a tree trunk of a V. There's something to like about all of em.
 

RCM78

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It's the first thing I notice. I like a chunky neck that fills my hand. Preferably an asymmetrical profile like the Peavey Wolfgang or Fender SRV. The big chunky neck on my Jackson PC1 is also good.
 

choucas09

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Although I have a preference my collection of 15 is all over the place in every department. At the end of the day if I like a guitar I'll adapt.
 

Kostas

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Very important. I like thick necks that's why I'm making my own guitars from parts.
 

kracdown

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probably the most important thing to me in terms of feel is the neck... actually, I know it is! It's the only reason why I sell guitars - the neck doesn't cut it. Not thick enough!
 

GCDEF

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I can play a thin neck if I have to, but I like fat a lot better. I won't buy a guitar with a thin neck.
 

straycat113

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For me it ranks right near the top and easily can be a deal breaker. I believe mainly anyone can be handed a guitar with any kind of neck and do the job, but not many would want to take it home. Personally I prefer a chunky neck though I also am not crazy about a baseball bat. I don't know how many used guitars I have bought through the decades, but the one bona fide deal breaker was any guitar with a ding or gouge in the back of the neck.
 

derekd

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probably the most important thing to me in terms of feel is the neck... actually, I know it is! It's the only reason why I sell guitars - the neck doesn't cut it. Not thick enough!

I'm here too. I have fairly big hands and my hand gets tired after a couple of hours of playing a thinner neck. Plus, having a thick chunk of wood there helps with teh tone.
 

NewbyRock023

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I can still play any neck shape, some guitars charm is in their particular neck profile. That said I have a preference and if given the choice it will almost always be a deal breaker.
 

Voodoo Blues

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Very important! I really choke the neck when I play and I can really dig into a fat chunky neck. Skinny necks just feel fragile.
 

pattste

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Gibson '60s slim taper profile on all three of my electrics. I guess that answers it.
 

Pantalooj

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Was going to say "very important" but with a minute's reflection, I realised the facts say otherwise.

When ordering my Suhr Classic and buying my PRS Mira (my top shelf stuff) I chose what I wanted neck-wise ... and wouldn't have accepted anything else.

But I also have a G&L Tribute Classic (my pick-it-up-and-play guitar that I also let my kids (8 and 5) use). I didn't care about the neck, which is much slimmer than I would chose if I wasn't at the budget end of the rack ... the value for money was so extreme I couldn't pass on it. And the neck honestly doesn't stop me from enjoying playing it.

So, I have to say "somewhat important"
 
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