Neck Shapes

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by Merc, May 15, 2019.

Favorite neck shape? See first post for image

  1. “U” Shape

    11 vote(s)
  2. Soft “V”

    5 vote(s)
  3. Oval “C”

    9 vote(s)
  4. Hard “V”

    0 vote(s)
  5. Modern Flat Oval

    4 vote(s)
  6. Medium “V”

    2 vote(s)
  7. I can rock any neck as I don’t care

    2 vote(s)
  1. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Necks... we spend so much time in contact with. I thought it’d be interesting to see players preference if they have a favorite.

    For the ease of the poll we’ll stick with six basic shapes I pulled from online.


    The thread was conceived as it took me forever to figure out why my 125th 6118 neck felt so comfortable. But I’ve since realized it has a very soft V shape and I tend to play with my thumb higher. It has to be a soft V or C type for me. Yes, I know one vote above. :)
  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Given a choice it would be the C-shape.
    I actually prefer the smaller C on my Squier pencil necks.

    Funny thing. I was wondering why some of my necks felt so different in thickness. Measured, and they were exactly the same thickness, it was just the profile that differed. A tactile illusion.
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  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    ... all I know is I prefer a thin neck .
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  4. Yukimajo

    Yukimajo Gretschie

    Nov 4, 2018
    Exeter UK
    U for me as I have large hands. Anything too thin and I my hand starts cramping up.
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  5. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Everything between fat U and medium C. The fatter the better tone.
  6. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Modern Flat Oval and Medium V for me.
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  7. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    Oval “C” for me. I don’t like the feel of any “V”.
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  8. Yann G

    Yann G Electromatic

    May 12, 2019
    Haven't tried that many necks but my TR feels so comfortable and it seems to be a C shape
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  9. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Flat and fat...more of a U shape, I suppose....and while your at it, give me a 12" Radius fretboard:cool:

    I still haven't found a Proline with the perfect neck:(....My 2420 Streamliner and Clipper had the best necks of any of the Gretsch's I have owned:cool:
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  10. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    I almost threw both the scale length and radius into the poll but thought it beat to keep this one simple. Maybe another poll, another thread one day.

    Keep looking brother, you’re bound to find it.
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  11. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

    Oct 22, 2015
    I really like the v neck on my New Yorker
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  12. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Thin necks for me please
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  13. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    I like the Fender Modern C, which seems closest to the Oval-C, as a nice middle of the road neck shape. I like a neck with a little thinner depth. My all-time favorite neck was the Wide-Thin profile on a PRS SE 30th Anniversary Custom 24. Although it wasn't quite the best guitar for me, the neck was a dream to play.
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  14. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    Medium Vs and Oval Cs probably, I like Ds too. Really I can groove on alot of different shapes as long as they have some girth. Flat skinny necks are about the only ones I can't manage to get along w/ consistently.

    9.5"/10" is probably the most harmonious radius, but I get along fine w/ 7.25" and 12" as well. Scale I'm good 24" through 27".
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  15. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    I don't know, in fact... I think that the necks of my guitars (past and present) are probably standard C shape, like I suppose the ones on Gretsch guitars today.

    I'm not very pleased with chunky necks like those found on some 60s guitars (no matter the brand) : I don't feel them very comfortable.

    That said, I'm probably not very sensitive to neck shape, but rather to guitar weight balance, comfort and stability.

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  16. EC Strat

    EC Strat Gretschie

    Jan 11, 2019
    Soft V with 9.5” - fits right in the palm of your hand and you can use your thumb on the 6th string
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  17. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    That’s why I realized I like soft V’s, my thumb hangs on top at times to fret or sometimes mute the 6th during chords.
  18. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Fat, 1-inch to 1-inch "C" and "U" necks for me. Also, the Fender 10/56 neck I owned had a soft V at the 1st to 5th, gradually becoming a fat 1-inch C by the 12th---that's a nice neck too. I can still use my thumb on these necks, just more support so less sense of fatigue.

    Only necks I really don't like are hard Vs. The best modern Gretsch necks are on the Streamliner series--my G2420 is a chunky oval C/U. The '53 VS Duo Jet is also pretty nice, with some heft as well.
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  19. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    I don't have large hands so I've tried to use various type necks and can't really say I have a preference other than to try and learn how to play them all. The more adaptable I can be I think the better off I am. I try to focus more on the actual sound the guitar produces but I do understand feel has a lot to do with that too. Maybe as I grow I'll get a neck or two I prefer but for them all.
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  20. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I’ve mentioned this before but I find it odd the modern C neck profile is the profile Fender uses most, yet it’s the thinnest Fender offers... Only Squiers have smaller C profiles(maybe Squiers are for the kids?)
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