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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-24-2010, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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Old RG560 neck better than new RG1550M neck?

My 10 year old RG560 http://ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/RG560 has a 3 piece neck. The wiki entry lists 1 piece but i think it is actually 3.
My new RG1550M http://ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/RG1550M has a 5 piece neck.
Does using fewer pieces of wood make a better neck?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-24-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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Re: Old RG560 neck better than new RG1550M neck?

shouldn't make any significant difference either way. 2 additional pieces are 1mm thick walnut veneers.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-24-2010, 10:14 AM
 
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Re: Old RG560 neck better than new RG1550M neck?

The techsperts say that the 5 piece neck is stronger.

Rock on!
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Re: Old RG560 neck better than new RG1550M neck?

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The techsperts say that the 5 piece neck is stronger.

Rock on!
They're right! RedTiger says one piece necks feel better.

OP: multiple pieces are going to be stronger. However some people just prefer different things. I prefer the feel of a "one piece" neck -- the ones with the scarf joint at the headstock, the ones that sometimes have a skunk stripe. It just feels more raw and organic that way.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Old RG560 neck better than new RG1550M neck?

I wondered if it might be a production cost issue, it being easier to slap together 5 smaller pieces of wood than to find one big piece of wood. I imagine Ibanez has to import their wood supply since Japan is not know for it's lumber industry.
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Re: Old RG560 neck better than new RG1550M neck?

Talking about 5 piece necks vs 1 piece or 3.

Has anybody ever seen a 5 piece neck warp, because of climate change ?
Since I travel a lot with my guitars I have had that problem with 1 piece strat necks.

Just wondering...
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-27-2010, 07:03 AM
 
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Re: Old RG560 neck better than new RG1550M neck?

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I wondered if it might be a production cost issue, it being easier to slap together 5 smaller pieces of wood than to find one big piece of wood. I imagine Ibanez has to import their wood supply since Japan is not know for it's lumber industry.
From supply perspective, 5 piece necks are more economical because it's easier to get 3 narrow pieces of maple than a single piece. If it has some imperfections you can always trim them and use whatever's left.
From labor perspective it's not easier because planing and gluing pieces together is more complicated.
Fender uses single piece necks which means that it's absolutely most cost effective way...which doesn't make it the best
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