How Many Out There Get Along With Most Neck Profiles?

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  1. fitz

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    I see a lot of post where I see "the thin neck is a deal breaker for me" or others who only play necks on the fatter side or thinner side. I understand that due to hand size and preference some prefer a certain neck profile which is cool. I am in the other camp although I could classify my hands as average size. I actually like different neck profiles because they make me play differently with each guitar. My examples of my gear with different necks are:

    1) AVRI Strat - 57 "V" profile
    2) 52 RI Tele - Thick "U" profile
    3) 58 RI Les Paul - Fat 50's profile
    4) 59 ES 330 RI - Fat 50's profile
    5) Gibson Midtown - Slim 60's profile

    So you can get the picture. So how many out there are neck profile agnostic?
     
  2. T Dizz

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    I like'm fat, I like'm thin... soft V, hard V.. neck profile has never been a deal breaker for me.
     
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    Yeah, some folks are neck-monotheistic, others are neck-agnostic (i.e., indifferent), and some folks, like you, are neck-polytheistic, i.e., you actively seek out different profiles. It’s all good.

    I figured out what neck profile I kept coming back to and target guitars with that profile. So I am neck-monotheistic, I guess.

    I appreciate that other neck profiles would support me playing different ways. We all have to figure out what keeps us playing!
     
  4. DiAmoroso

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    I’m with you, I’m down for all sorts of neck profiles. The one on my ES335 is my favorite, but I have no idea what that profile is. It really depends what I’m playing. I’d hate to play barre chords all night on Wizard profile, but I don’t really think about neck profiles when I’m playing.
     
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  5. fitz

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    Word of the day. Got to admit, I had to look that up!
     
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  6. bluegrif

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    Anything that isn’t extreme is fine. IOW, smaller than vintage 60s Fender or larger than 50s Gibson are the least desirable. Though I have to say, even crazy small or uncomfortably huge would get used if the guitar really put out something special. Especially in the studio.
     
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  7. thesjkexperienc

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    While I do prefer a V shape I run U, D and C shapes on various guitars. I like the Vs rather thick, but I’ve noticed that I’m actually liking a smaller C shape on G style guitars.

    Maybe the wide differences in back shape are why I don’t notice fretboard radius much at all. Or, after 40 years it doesn’t matter as much.
     
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    I can get along with most as long as they aren’t super flat not even a real D shape thin. Do I have some preferences, yes.
     
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    I enjoy all kinds of neck profiles, every one inspires me in different ways
     
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    Agree!
     
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    I've got slim 60's to the FAT WIDE 2015 XL and they're all good for me.
     
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    Not me. My dang birth defect in my hand I use with my fret board.
     
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    Don't care, never have. Same goes for nut width. Got a Duo Sonic with 1-9/16 and an ESP with 1-3/4...can go back and forth without any concern
     
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  14. RicardoDiazHimself

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    I can play most necks the same. Thick, thin, narrow, wide, endurneck. Love em all.

    Just those damn hard V necks... yuck! Horrible if you have any sort of traditional "classical" technique/position.
     
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    I can play anything, but some are just not comfortable. I don't dig U and D profiles, the 89s Dean V was too much, and the wide 2015 Gibson necks were bizarre.
     
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    I definitely have preferences - I'll take a Clapton V or a beefy C over most things, but I've never met a neck I really had any issues playing. The exception is fretboard radius - on Gibson type necks I'm fine with 12-ish, but I've never played a 12" Fender type fretboard that I didn't hate. 7.25 or 9.5, I'm happy as a pig in slop. I've tried real hard to like 'em in 12" because some guitars I otherwise really dug had those necks, but I just couldn't stand 'em. Even with days to adapt.

    -Ray
     
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    A neck’s a neck to me.
     
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    I cant play the srv or kotzen type necks
     
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    Never met a neck I didn't like either. I get used to a different profile within minutes. My two favorite electrics have very different neck profiles, scale lengths and radius.
     
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    I generally don't care for Ibbies or super fat necks. That said, there is no one profile that is "it" for me.
     
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