U Shaped Necks vs C Shaped Necks?

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  1. GarMan

    GarMan Supporting Member

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    Been playing C shaped profiles for most of my life. Recently, I picked up a guitar with a U profile. I know some of the Strats from the 70s had this profile. The profile didn't seem too foreign to me, and the profile seem to fit my hand nicely.

    Anyone know the history of the U profile, and why they came to be (Fender)? Anyone prefer them over the C profile? Any advantages/disadvantages to the U profile?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Defendant

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    I like a fat U profile. Generally fat U profiles have a narrow nut width, especially 70s fenders. There's a lot of variance in 70s fenders as the QC was terrible then. I wonder if the fatter U necks existed mostly because the workers at the time did a minimum of carving.

    One U neck with a slightly wider nut width is the MIJ Fender Richie Kotzen telecaster. Great neck.
     
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    G.E. Smith Tele has a great deep U shape.
     
  4. alexanderplatz

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    I agree that the GE Smith model has a nice, large U shaped neck. From what I have seen it is the largest non-custom shop Fender telecaster neck. (With a custom shop nocaster having a slightly larger neck.) The old 62 AVRI Hot Rod Stratocaster had a nice chunky neck too.

    I like a larger neck such as on a Nocaster or an R8, but I find that I can get used to nearly anything if the guitar is set up well and is otherwise a joy to play. I've been playing my 62 AVRI Stratocaster a lot the past few weeks and the neck is skinny but I just get used to it.
     
  5. chucke99

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    People ask me this about my guitars all the time. "What's the neck shape? C? U? D?" And I have no f'ing idea what to say.

    Is there a chart somewhere with cross-sections to compare the shapes? To me, they're all just "rounded".
     
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    In my experience these are more like a rule of thumb - I've owned necks that conformed to these shapes and others I wouldn't know how to describe. "rounded" is as good a descripton as any :D


    I like a sizeable neck but it's the sum of the parts (nut width, neck shape, radius etc) that make up the feel for me rather than any one attribute
     
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    Thanks for that chart, Joe. It appears I'm a "C" neck man, as most of my best guitars are Ibanez vintages (Artists, Musician) and newer Artcores.
     
  8. direwolf

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    Chasing the U since I played a real 53 tele.
     
  9. kirkham13

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    Schecter strat has a nice u. Mine is California made 97.
     
  10. Rideski

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    I have a Nocaster which has a huge U neck. It's awesome! A full handful but plays like butter.
    I also like the Large C neck on my 2007 62 AVRI Strat Hotrod. Unfortunately I sold it and now have two strats with the Soft V shape which is also a great feeling neck.
     
  11. leftcoast

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    I have an Ibanez six-string bass with a flat U neck, which seems really fast and sleek. But what concerns me, is that when one is playing chords, with their thumb on the middle-back of the neck, the first thumb joint seems too far bent backward while pressing on the flat rear of the neck, which could be asking for joint problems down the line. Perhaps a rounder neck, like C shape, is better to avoid cramping, and to promote joint longevity. I have read a luthier stating that he thinks that too-thin necks are bad for your hand.
     

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