What is your favorite neck profile and shape?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Lysergik, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. candid_x

    candid_x Supporting Member

    Messages:
    8,478
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2007
    Location:
    AZ
    A proper Baja 50s neck, very soft V, narrow shoulders, full. Unfortunately, I've also had two which were not proper.

    The other is a medium C John Page 12" radius carve.
     
  2. Andrew VonWinge

    Andrew VonWinge Member

    Messages:
    21
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2019
    Location:
    Missouri
    I like the old U shape although I just got an Ibanez RG550 with a crazy sweet neck that may have belonged to Harry K Cody from an 80s band Shotgun Messiah. That guy is Bitchin Wicked! Check them out..
     
  3. twotone

    twotone Member

    Messages:
    2,008
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    Modern C or flatter radius D profile.
     
  4. Kostas

    Kostas Member

    Messages:
    1,265
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Location:
    Athens, GR
    No one in the world makes the dimensions I want unless I custom order it. So far from all the necks I have played I believe these dimensions would be ideal for me: .860" - .920" with 1 11/16" nut width. Asymmetric shape (rounder on the thumb side and slimmer on the finger side) with C shape as a second option. I'm curious for 1.650" nut width and really curious for a neck that starts thicker and ends up thinner. For me it makes sense to have more mass up when I play more chords and as I go closer to the neck heel to feel less wood to make playing easier.
     
  5. Frank67

    Frank67 Member

    Messages:
    907
    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2014
    Definitely fat. My Warmoth guitars are fatneck or boatneck and I love it.
     
    Lysergik likes this.
  6. Starshine

    Starshine Member

    Messages:
    745
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2014
    I have two Gibsons with the 50s Rounded profile. One feels pretty good but is hard to tell apart from a slim taper. The other on my 2018 Classic though is amazing. Chunky but comfy in a way a 50s baseball bat never is to me. Add that the satin finish feels amazing and it’s my favorite neck of all time.
     
  7. bonga

    bonga Member

    Messages:
    154
    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2012
    Location:
    Mariana Trench
    Got a Warmoth strat replacement neck that had the Boatneck profile. Love it, especially with the 1 5/8 radius and 6100 frets.

    I have found that more than the thickness of the neck, it is the nut width that makes the biggest difference to me. I love necks with 1 5/8 width and some amount of reasonable girth.
     
  8. rickt

    rickt Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,160
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2018
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Yes, yes I do. My guitars are all different with respect to the neck shape. I've had the hard V's and liked those to the skinny, flat necks which I can play but don't particularly "wow" me. As far as radius, I like the 9.5 to 10 radius. I am comfortable with 7.5 but don't like the necks too flat.
     
  9. K-Line

    K-Line Vendor

    Messages:
    7,446
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2006
    Location:
    St. Louis, Missourah
    860U with a 10" radius, 1.650 nut width and 6125 fret wire. Maple harvested from a east facing hillside, rosewood that has been hand burnished by tiny hands. The first part of this is true.
     
    Lysergik and earthmud like this.
  10. earthmud

    earthmud Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,680
    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2006
    7.25-9.5 compound radius, u profile at .85 @ first fret. 6125 or 6105. 1.65 nut.
    I have three of these and they all feel great. The neck you made for me with these specs is the most comfortable off the three so it must be the tiny hand treatment.
     
    K-Line likes this.
  11. freedom's door

    freedom's door Member

    Messages:
    10,322
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2008
    Location:
    NYC
    C shape, about .810 or .820 to .880 or .900, 1.687 nut width, 10 or 12 straight radius.

    Those Ibanez wizard necks are the complete opposite of what I like in a neck.

    I still want to try out one of those strandberg necks.
     
  12. Serious Poo

    Serious Poo Powered by Coffee Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,877
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2005
    Location:
    Finding beauty in the dissonance
    The PRS Pattern neck fits my hand better than just about anything I’ve ever played before. That said, I’m rapidly falling “in like” with the angled neck on my Strandberg, it’s both super unique and easy to play.

    https://strandbergguitars.com/strandberg-endurneck/
     
  13. biter

    biter Member

    Messages:
    67
    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2016
    Location:
    Bozeman Montana
    The neck profile on the Peavey Tracer, Nitro and Vandenberg are like they were made for my hand.. followed by the Ibanez Wizard
     
  14. Lysergik

    Lysergik Member

    Messages:
    67
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Did it help you with using your thumb? I heard the V is great for guys that wanna do the Hendrix thing and use your thumb.
     
  15. PartoftheDark

    PartoftheDark Member

    Messages:
    1,178
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2015
    Location:
    The Greater DC Zone
    Schecter has one they're calling "Ultra Thin-C" that is my favorite neck and they have it on several models now. Schecter, if you're reading, put it on the PT next year. Thanks.
    EDIT: Also rerelease the normal Hellcat with that neck and I will buy it. There you go. One guaranteed sale on the books!
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2019
  16. Aslan

    Aslan Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,333
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2007
    Location:
    Kansas
    Clapton strat, best neck ever!
     
  17. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

    Messages:
    20,094
    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    The current compound radius necks on Fender American Elites are currently my favorites available. My very favorite is the soft V of my '81 Dean Z (Explorer).

    For Gibsons I like the '60s slim taper but I've noted that there's a great variation among them. The one on my '01 ES-335 Memphis Dot Reissue is exceptional.
     
  18. burner

    burner Member

    Messages:
    3,213
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Location:
    USA
    HARD "V".
    Everything else is NOT a hard V.
     
  19. WoodenDuckMaker

    WoodenDuckMaker Member

    Messages:
    1,930
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Big fat 50’s baseball neck. That chunkiness makes it feel substantial. Probably helps a bit with sustain and tone.
     
  20. Gclef

    Gclef Member

    Messages:
    1,650
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2010
    I am a fickle S.O.B.

    I can play anything but hard v type necks.

    I prefer 1 11/16 nut.
    24 3/4 scale
    Big frets
    Cream binding
    A fatter c shape or an elliptical profile

    The actual shape preference changes pretty much daily.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice