MOVING BEYOND WIZARD NECKS........
Alright, heres the deal. All I've ever played since the late 80's has been Ibanez Wizard necks which always makes transitions between other instruments feel akward. Not only are they thinner than most necks (which may be best for my small hands anyway), but the slight millimeter differences in string spacing at the nut and at the floyd rose bridge always play a big factor too.
Anyways, after not playing much these last couple years (and getting the chance to fiddle withother guitars in between), the Wizards are actually starting to feel a bit too thin to me and I think my brain has finally reset itself enough to find out what natuarally feels best in my hands rather than just what I'm used to. One neck I tried recently that I was very impressed by more than a Wizard was an "Ernie Ball Music Man Petrucci" but cant quite pinpoint why. Its still pretty thin and almost Wizard like, but somehow different. (I think I'm still gonna end up favoring fairly thin necks overall). I hear the newer Wizard II necks are thicker than the originals too so they may be worth a look and I've yet to see what a Prestige is all about.
Doesnt have to be Ibanez though and I think I'm actally on the cusp of building my own custom guitar so have been researching this most crucial component like crazy (covering everything from graphite to compound raduis necks). Its all been a mysterious journey however because few manufacturers even list thier neck specs beyond scale, fretwire, and the width at the nut and last fret. I'm tempted to just go spend a day or two at Guitar Center with some calipurs, a metric measuring tape, and chart. Just thought some opinions here might be a good place to start though seeing as Wizard necks are my best comparitive baseline.
My questions are these:
1) Anyone know where I can find more detailed neck comparison specs among different guitar manufacturers ?
2) Anyone know the exact taper, thickness, or measurment differeces between a Wizard, Wizard II, Prestige, or Music Man Petrucci neck?
3) Is there a common neck out there that many former Wizard users tend to gravitate more toward once the've outgrown thier shredder phase?
4) What other guitar necks do some of you current Wizard fans like just as much not BETTER than Wizards and why?
Last edited by NRS; 11-27-2006 at 10:16 PM.