Varying neck sizes, you up to the task?

lemonpaul59

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Hi all,

Nothing confrontational here!

I love going from guitar to guitar, fat necks, skinny necks (necks that climb on rocks...). 25.5 inch scale, 24.75" scale, 25 " scale. If it's a great guitar, I love adapting.

Bass requires a bit more time in the schedule. Usually it takes me a week or two to get the strength in the hands. I love a good Fender Jazz Bass neck. I'd love a fretless, don't have one.

Variety is the spice of guitar life. Currently practicing my jazz chops on a Strat, saving the frets on my archtops. Tomorrow I'll break out the Les Paul and wail away on an Ethos.

Anyone else like neck variety?
 

snow and steel

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I try to avoid it if possible. keeping things consistent means less time fumbling. Sometimes a client specifically requests a certain sound though and you need that strat or tele or whatever, so in those cases its break it out, practice a bit and be ready.
 

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I like variety. It's good for the brain. It does require time with each instrument to be able to switch quickly. Strap heights vary etc... My acoustic has a pronounced V neck carve with a 1 3/4" nut. My current electric has a '59 neck carve with a 1 11/16" nut and 24.75 scale length. I'm about to purchase and am very used to a guitar with 1 5/8" nut med/large C neck carve and and 25.5" scale. I also play lap steel and guitars in different tunings. It only makes you better. The brain likes a challenge and responds with exponential growth. Challenges in one area apply to other areas of your playing that you would never imagine. For example, I took up a wind instrument to quite smoking cigarettes, I couldn't see my hands while I played and the fingering were somewhat complex (compared to one finger = one note), and in turn I was able to suddenly play guitar without looking at my hands. Probably the best thing I ever did for playing guitar.
 

orogeny

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I like variety. It's good for the brain. It does require time with each instrument to be able to switch quickly. Strap heights vary etc... My acoustic has a pronounced V neck carve with a 1 3/4" nut. My current electric has a '59 neck carve with a 1 11/16" nut and 24.75 scale length. I'm about to purchase and am very used to a guitar with 1 5/8" nut med/large C neck carve and and 25.5" scale. I also play lap steel and guitars in different tunings. It only makes you better. The brain likes a challenge and responds with exponential growth. Challenges in one area apply to other areas of your playing that you would never imagine. For example, I took up a wind instrument to quite smoking cigarettes, I couldn't see my hands while I played and the fingering were somewhat complex (compared to one finger = one note), and in turn I was able to suddenly play guitar without looking at my hands. Probably the best thing I ever did for playing guitar.
so, effectively - the best thing you ever did for playing guitar was give up smoking:beer
 

Average Joe

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None of my 6 electrics have identical necks. I generally notice the difference when I'm playing by myself but never give it a second thought when I'm playing w others. I can adapt to most sizes
 

Mpcoluv

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I would like all them to be the same but they are not. Mine range from a fat 80s schecter neck to a thin EBMM Albert Lee.
I prefer the DGT most. Wish warmoth offered that pattern.
 

Corinthian

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I've always been very adaptable when it comes to necks and that's definitely a useful quality; it means you aren't limited just to guitars that feel right and it means you aren't struggling to adapt when a new guitar is thrust into your hands. I also like my guitars to feel as different as they sound so they encourage me to approach each one differently.
 

Tommy Biggs

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I like variety as well
V on the Acoustic with a wider nut
Big necked les Paul
7.25 Tele
Flatter radius strat
Gigantic old Tele Bass

They all become comfortable to me after a couple of days. Super Skinny necks aren't so great for me anymore though.
 

scott944

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All of mine are different, but none is narrower than 1 11/16" at the nut. I just can't do 1 5/8" necks and have tried many. Different strokes, though!
 

ant_riv

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I also rarely give it a second thought.

While I do have personal preferences, variety is the spice of life.

I'm usually okay after a couple of minutes.
 

71strat

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The Nut Width on my 71 Strat is 1.577 !!!

I had Tommy at USA Custom Guitars copy my 71 x 4 bolt Strat neck with Resewood board, to Maple Cap.

He measured it while we were talking on the phone, and it measured 1.577. !!! He also said this was common from 65-74, and said Hendrix White/Black 68 Strats most likely have the same width.

The late 90s, early 2000s Bonnie Raitt Custom Shop x Sig Strat, also has a 1.577, and is a copy of her 65 Strat.

I also don't care what radius. 7.25-20 is ok for me.
 
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bluesjuke

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I much prefer the bigger necks but can go from one guitar to the next with no problem at all.

What I don't care for is a neck with wimpy shoulders regardless of the neck's thickness.
 
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Jayyj

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I don't mind switching between different neck profiles. It used to bother me more when I only had a few guitars but now I have all sorts and no issues switching between them. I'm quite lucky in having fingers that are slim enough to cope with a very narrow nut width if necessary but long enough to cope with a fairly large neck.

My smallest is a Japanese Epiphone Casino with a 1 9/16ths nut and a shallow profile - it's like playing a ukulele but I love everything else about it and I've got used to the neck - and my '58 Duo Sonic is similar in proportion but throws a 22 1/2 scale length into the equation. Conversely I have a Gibson and a Martin from the 30s both with big V necks and 1 3/4 nuts: they're very comfortable for me to play.
 

aussie_owner

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I have guitars with nut widths ranging from 1.5" (Rumblekat bass) to 1.9" (Yamaha NTX900), profiles from fat V to LP 60's slim taper D neck, and scale lengths from 24.6" to 30" bass. Not much problem switching guitars, but it does take a day or so to get used to the bass.
 

Judas68fr

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I alternate between classical (wide flat neck), mandolin, acoustic, bass, acoustic and electric guitars.

So those tiny variations in electric/acoustic neck profiles don't bother me at all. It's the opposite in fact, I love the different feel of a skinnier neck vs a fatter one etc...

I always advise my students to try to keep variety in their herd.

It's really refreshing to play a mandolin from time to time for instance!
 

swiveltung

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I have trouble adjusting rapidly. I'm amazed at how much what I have adjusted the string radius to effects my picking. I went to rehearsal the other night with an experimental build strat. I hadn't adjusted the bridge radius to what I usually do. I was missing picking notes for an hour!
 
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I've had many different guitars and neck shapes and sizes over the years. I had a Guild Bluesbird P90 that had one of the biggest, fattest necks I've ever played. It wasn't hard for me to adapt to it, and it was a lot of fun! I've also had shredder style guitars by Charvel, Jackson, and Carvin that had very thin, but fast necks.

These days skinny necks can cramp my hands after an hour... so I stay away from them for gigs. Put me in with the people who like variety... it's fun to have a lot of choices.
 




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