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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

So I'm as surprised to be writing this as you probably are to be reading this. Of late, I've found myself purchasing guitars that I never thought I'd be playing. A good friend of mine uses the Gibson Custon '59 reissues as his main guitars. I've played them and the necks on these are like grabbing the fat end of a baseball bat. Never thought I could play one, especially after so many years playing the Wizard neck--thing was, it's COMFORTABLE.

So... I went looking for a '59. Ended up actually buying a '58 first, which has an even thicker neck than the '59. Now I have a '59 and two '58's and I find myself grabbing for them as go-to-guitars as much as my trusted RG770, 760, and 550 guitars with the Wizard necks (let alone the JEM guitars).

Am I going crazy? Have I lost my mind? Has anyone else had this experience?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

Liking huge necks after years of thin necks must be a sign you're getting old.

Better light fire to your car or do something hip before you only end up listening to music made before the 80's.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 06:36 PM
 
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

I play a 60' profile neck (I know, it's thinner, but it's still a fat neck compared to a wizard) Les paul goldtop and a S540 as my main guitars, so I must be crazy too! jaja

BTW I'm 19 years old, so the "getting old" theory must be wrong.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 12:32 AM
 
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

Same thing over here. I've neen playing my tele and Lawsuit Lespaul which both have allot bigger necks both of which are totally comfortable to play. Just bigger.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

The thickness of a neck should not prevent one from playing a guitar unless you have some sort of actual physical limitation.
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 09:31 AM
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

Ever play a Washburn N4? Those are as fat as a Nocaster neck
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

The looks of the Les Paul is what makes everybody forget about the thick neck, including me

I've been GASing for a les paul so much lately ...
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

I don't find the thickness of a neck particularly debilitating; but I do think it changes the way I play. I find myself playing more chords and single-string lines on thick small-radius necks.

The only thing I really won't stand is sticky finish on the back of the neck.
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

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Ever play a Washburn N4? Those are as fat as a Nocaster neck
Huh?

Jim as you know I have several N4s, and while they are not Wizard thin, they are pretty slim.

What N4 did you play that has such a fat neck?
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Huh?

Jim as you know I have several N4s, and while they are not Wizard thin, they are pretty slim.

What N4 did you play that has such a fat neck?
I had a semi-early one I bought new, I believe it was a 91 and it was a swamp ash model, and it had a NoCaster neck, seriously. Huge baseball bat thing. Let me see if I still have pics of it. But yeah, I know you have a bunch of these. I didn't think it was a bad neck, it just surprised me, like the old ESP Custom Shop Lynch's from the 80's.
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

I have fat hands and shorter fingers, so I tend towards a thinner neck. The one that fit me perfectly was the original Jem neck carve that I played oh so many years ago.

As far as LPs go, the ones I like have the slim neck.

My main guitar is a Fender Highway One Strat (U.S. made with the Mexican components) and that neck is about as good as it gets for me.
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

Early '90's was the transition phase, so maybe Washburn was experimenting? I can tell you all mine vary a bit, so who knows.
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

I had major gas for an ESP Kiko sig, till I played one. Really fat neck. Didn't like it yet I have an Epi LP with quite a fat neck and quite like it.
Each on its own merits I reckon.
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

Thin necks, while cool, are often overrated. I've heard more people saying that thin necks cramp their hand more than the other way around.
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-16-2010, 07:13 PM
 
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Re: A strange departure from the Wizard neck...

my custom shop bc rich ironbird has a fatter neck than the '59 les paul. I love it.
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