Tom Anderson neck shapes

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by JeKo, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. JeKo

    JeKo Member

    Messages:
    279
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2009
    Location:
    Finland
    I'm about to order a custom TA and have a hard time picking the best possible neck shape. I'm between these two:

    Happy Medium: .825 at the 1st fret to .915 at the 12th*
    Even-Taper: .810-inch thick at the first fret tapering to .870 at the 12th fret*

    There is some variation between the thicknesses but I'd like to know how the back shapes feel like. Are they C, D or V? I don't have a chance to try these different shapes personally.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Road King

    Road King Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,492
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Location:
    On the edge of paradise
    I have an even taper .030 over on my Drop Top. I would call it a C shape. Very comfortable.
     
  3. octatonic

    octatonic Member

    Messages:
    1,290
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Location:
    London
    I have two Anderson's with even taper.
    Really great neck shape- yes it is a C.
     
  4. pokey

    pokey Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,874
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2002
    Location:
    Aurora, CO.
    IIRC the happy medium is the old cobra std neck. That neck feels like a D shape to me. The even taper is the old 62 roundback, and as been said it's a C. The 62 RB feels a little small to me in the cowboy chord area with the 1 5/8 nut fwiw.
     
  5. Tri7/5

    Tri7/5 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    960
    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2007
    Location:
    Music City, TN
    TA makes one of the best necks in the business in the even taper and +.30 taper IMO.
     
  6. jhumber

    jhumber Member

    Messages:
    1,353
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2007
    Yep, I believe that's correct. I'd classify mine as a very soft V shape. Exceptionally comfortable, whatever it is!
     
  7. JeKo

    JeKo Member

    Messages:
    279
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2009
    Location:
    Finland
    You guys make the decision even harder... :) Is the Even Taper close Fender strat C-profile?
     
  8. whoismarykelly

    whoismarykelly Oh look! This is a thing I can change!

    Messages:
    7,425
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Location:
    Baltimore
    I have this exact shape on a T Classic and its an awesome neck. Not huge but substantial. The Even Taper is a great option all around. Go bigger or smaller depending on the thickness you like.
     
  9. uburoibob

    uburoibob Yanuziello Guitar Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,227
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2006
    Location:
    Chicagoland, IL
    I have a Short T with a Happy Medium neck and heavy frets as well as a Bulldog with an Even Taper +.050 neck and heavy frets. I'll be durned if I can tell the difference between them. Both are short scale. Both are 1 11/16". I go from one to the other and simply don't really feel a difference. Maybe I am just not a sensitive guy...

    Bob
     
  10. octatonic

    octatonic Member

    Messages:
    1,290
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Location:
    London
    Hard to say really.
    For a start the satin feel completely changes the playability of the neck for me.

    After playing my TAG's (and the Suhr) and then going back to a regular poly or nitro neck I feel like I am wading through treacle.
     
  11. Papajuice

    Papajuice Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,046
    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2003
    Location:
    wylie tx
    Call Roy at Anderson he will explain everything you need to know.
     
  12. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    10,966
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Location:
    InSaneDiego
    :agree

    Roy can walk you through all the neck shapes and how oversize/undersize will affect the feel.
     
  13. JeKo

    JeKo Member

    Messages:
    279
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2009
    Location:
    Finland
    Thanks for the comments! I live on another continent so calling them isn't easy but I might try it.

    For those who have played the Happy Medium, how does it really feel? If the Even Taper is like a C, what about about HM?
     
  14. cap217

    cap217 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,057
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2010
    Location:
    Cleveland
    Check out my thread on neck shapes and sizes. The depth doesnt matter as much as the shape and shoulder.
     
  15. JeKo

    JeKo Member

    Messages:
    279
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2009
    Location:
    Finland
    Totally agree. Thus I'm here to learn about the actual shapes and shoulders :) One more question, which Anderson neck would be closest to the Gibson 60s Slim Taper?
     
  16. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    10,966
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Location:
    InSaneDiego
    Try asking at the Tom Anderson forum - Tom himself is on there nearly everyday.

    http://www.andersonforum.com/
     
  17. kevin hart

    kevin hart Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,528
    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2004
    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    yep, this or calling roy are your best bets for great info.
     

Share This Page