This Strat has me on the ropes.

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  1. tone?

    tone? Supporting Member

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    So im totally in Fender craze.
    Got this a couple weeks ago and although its not the lightest Strat 7.8 pounds it is damn good.
    The neck is insane though. Its HUGE. Really a baseball bat.
    .880" on the 1st fret and 1" on the 12th!

    But its growing on me.
    The pics dont do the mint green guard on the Olympic White Nitro justice.
    Its a 62 Hot Rod strat.

    And NO huge necks do NOT make the sound thicker and bigger.
    They do add depth though to the notes if that makes sense.
    Dont know if I can handle this neck but there is something kinda cool about a huge neck. lol


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  2. Kmaz

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    Yup, the '62 Hot Rod is known for having a big neck. Your guitar looks awesome and I hope you'll bond with it!
     
  3. jads57

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    I love the large necks, consider yourself lucky! Other than CS Fenders that are outrageous$$$ you can't get one from Fender. You can always buy an aftermarket Fender neck and keep or sell that one as well.
     
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    Lol yeah large is good but this is over the top
     
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    You know you are correct in many ways but Fender makes a really good neck compared to after market necks.
     
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    I wouldn't consider .88" super over the top. I had a 1996 MIJ that was .89" and while it was the biggest neck I've ever had other than a Warmoth boat neck, I wouldn't have thought many people would have thought of it as being over the top. .89" is less than half way between a Standard Thin and a Fatback or Boat neck.
     
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    tone? Supporting Member

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    Yeah but it tapers pretty darn quick into 1" on the 12th. That's what counts in feel. Know what I mean?
     
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    looks fantastic. I too am on a Fender craze, and just bought my first Strat a couple of weeks ago. There's just something about them.
     
  9. AParrotLooksAt4O

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    Maybe, I have huge hands so I bet I would enjoy that neck.

    I love the mint/white/rosewood look on Strats.
     
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    Im 6' 2" and have large hands as well but there is something about playing a more normal neck to really get down.

    I dont just play blues. I think the tough thing about this neck are the large shoulders.

    Love the mint guard on the Olympic white, totally agree
     
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    These pics seriously got me GASing.
     
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    I hear ya. I measured it at the 12th, but I can't remember what it was. It wasn't quite 1" but it was definitely larger than .89"

    Different strokes. I liked that neck quite a bit, but it was a lefty and I used it for a Hendrix Monterey Pop Festival tribute I built up. My favorite necks are probably the Robert Cray Sig necks. A bit thicker and more 'shouldery' than a standard C, but not too crazy.
     
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    You know when you first start off playing a guitar with a neck this big your hands are like "wtf??" lol and you need to get used to it.
    There are definitely pros and cons.
     
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    Another thing I have noticed on strats with huge necks is that you need to add a bit more relief to get that neck vibrating more.
    Too straight and the sound is a bit thin.
    Dont know if everyone agrees.
     
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    .88" is huge? You must be used to skinny necks. That's just average for a Les Paul, if not below average.
     
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    "...And NO huge necks do NOT make the sound thicker and bigger..."

    maybe your .88 neck does NOT but my 1.00 neck DOES.
     
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    Lol. I don't think either of our replies were meant to be condescending. It's just you emphasize NO and NOT and a .88 isn't a 1 inch fatback, a 1 inch boatneck or even a .95 large C. No harm meant on my side. I just disagree with you, that's all ;-)
     
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    I didn't see you disagreeing in the size. Cool that you disagree with the tonal difference.
    Saying I'm used to skinny necks is a silly statement. Ugh I can't argue about stupid shite. Please.
     
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    The one poster is correct about Les Pauls, particularly the custom shop R4, R6, R7, and R8 historic reissues. The common depth typically varies around .92" at the first fret up to about an inch on the 12th fret. Either way, they're both pretty fat necks, and yours is unusually fat for a Strat.

    And yeah, as others have said, it's a nice-looking Strat!
     
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    7.8 on the scales works!

    Two of my favs. tip the scales at about 8 lbs. 2 oz., and that's not heavy!
     

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