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Superstitious?

changeling

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about the guitar you had your most success on,I mean?
Are you scared to change anything because the engineer/producer on your sessions
tells you that your (insert gtr here) made the track ,or that the track you played X on
is the only track the radio stations play,from the artists whole album?

I have a 1969 strat neck on a CS strat body that I'm scared to not take to the studio,
even though it's an A neck..the narrowest at the nut that fender made back then.
It's a bit of a chore to not slip off the edges sometimes but I will admit it sounds
the most distinctly and consistently cool out of the 3 strat types I own.

I'd love to slap another neck on that piece,but I'm scared I'll lose that THING.

Anyone else superstitious ?
 

Oldschool59

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I'm not at all superstitious, and would have no trouble changing things on my guitars. Although, to be fair, I'm not sure your worries are superstitious. You CAN change the tone of the guitar by changing its neck. I don't think it is a question of superstition, but rather a questions of physics.
 

changeling

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I'm not at all superstitious, and would have no trouble changing things on my guitars. Although, to be fair, I'm not sure your worries are superstitious. You CAN change the tone of the guitar by changing its neck. I don't think it is a question of superstition, but rather a questions of physics.
Yep,in fact I once swapped it out for a maple neck that was 1/11-16ths and took it to a session,
and I knew immediately that as soon as I got home,I was changing it back.
 

dazco

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Thats not superstitious, thats WISE ! Maybe you haven't changed many necks, but if you had you'd know that not only does it ALWAYS change the guitar's tone, but more often than not, radically. Will you lose that thing? This may sound bold but i'm 100% sure you will. I'm not nearly in the minority here by the way, of those who believe the neck is the biggest part of a fender's tone. In other words, you can take a strat who;s tone you are very familiar with and put that neck on a different body with different pickups and still have the same unique character as the original guitar. Doing the opposite often changes it radically to where it's like a completely different strat. In fact, i recently bought a classic player neck for my strat because i wanted the different radius. Same ecact neck as it has but for the radius. I knew it would change but i risked it hoping i'd get lucky and it would be very close or for the better. Long story short, the day i got it i installed it and in minutes i was selling it on CL. Not only did it change it;s tone so radically it was nothing like it was, but in a very bad way. It took my #1 of almost 2 decades and turned it to something i wouldn't pay $50, and that the truth.
 

bibir

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Changing the neck WILL change the guitar tone. But it isn't going to be better or worse, just different. Fender instruments are known for that flexibility, you can easily swap back if you don't like it. You'll never know though if by changing it, the instrument could inspire you to play beyond what you already are. That can only happens if you give chance for the new configuration to be in tune with your soul. Try putting on another neck that you like for a month and force yourself to play it before returning to the 69 neck.
 

changeling

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Man I would love to find a:
Large headstock
Round-lam rosewood board
Heel truss rod adjust
9.5 radius(or 7.25 with jumbos)
Larger C profile strat neck to replace this one,but that combo is extremely hard to find.
 






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