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NECKS

The neck "carve" or the shape and size of the back of the guitar neck will change the feel of the guitar and how easy and comfortable it is to different players and styles. Some necks are more rounded with a "U" or "C" and some have more of a "V" shape. Recently, guitar makers have begun using more modern oval or elliptical shapes to accomodate modern players and styles.

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Suhr Neck Shapes

  • Even C Slim – This is a very friendly even taper slim C shape. The thickness runs .800" at the first fret to .880" at the 13th fret. It is our most popular shape and John's personal favorite.
  • Even C Extra Slim – This is a fairly new shape that we introduced in late-2005 for those seeking a very fast and the slimmest shape possible without having a negative impact on tone or stability. It tapers from .770" to .850".
  • Even C RB – This is the shape that Reb Beach specified for his custom guitars that tapers from .800" to .850".
  • Even C Medium – Another popular shape, this shape is the same as the even C slim but fatter, from .840" to .920".
  • Even C Fat – For those who like a chunky yet comfortable neck shape, this shape is the ticket: .880" to .960".
  • Even C Huge - This shape is for players who like their necks big - really big! Measuring a full 1.000" thick at both the 1st fret and the 13th with an even taper, this shape with the extra mass provides a big bold and punch tone to the guitar.
  • 60's C Vintage Standard – This is another very popular shape that feels classic that starts out thin but tapers fatter as you go up the neck. It starts out at .810" at the first fret to a chunky .930" at the 13th fret.
  • 60's C Vintage Medium – This is the same as the 60's C Vintage Standard but slightly fatter - .830" to .950".
  • 50's Round – A new shape introduced in January of 2006, this shape replicates the fat round shape of the late-50's. It starts out from .860" and tapers to .980" – big but comfy.
  • 56 Soft Medium V – This is a popular shape for the player who wants that 50's vintage feel but don't like the feel of the hard V. Taper is .840" to .920".
  • 56 Big V – To us, this and the Medium V are the only comfortable V neck shapes - big from .880" to .980", it rolls in at the fingerboard and is a soft V that tapers to almost no V. Recommended for V neck fans.
  • D Shape – A D-shaped neck that has a more shoulder or meat on the edge of the neck, it is flatter on the back shape. It is also featured on our Scott Henderson Model. It is slim with a taper of .800" to.880".
  • Modern Elliptical - Designed for the 24-fret Modern, this shape can be viewed as a half of an ellipse. It is a fast and sleek shape yet has enough girth for you to really grab onto when you want to dig in for wild string bends or playing chords. The Modern Elliptical shape is available in three thicknesses: .780" to .830", .800" to .850", and .820" to .870".

G&L Neck Shapes

G&L Guitar Necks
Neck #
Name
Shape
Nut Width
Radius
1st Fret Depth
12th Fret Depth
1
G&L Classic "C"
C
1 5/8"
12"
0.830"
0.960"
1a
G&L Slim "C"
C
1 5/8"
12"
0.820"
0.870"
1b
G&L Heritage "C"
C
1 5/8"
12"
0.790"
0.910"
1c
G&L Modern "U"
U
1 5/8"
12"
0.850"
0.910"
1d
G&L Modern "V"
V
1 5/8"
12"
0.890"
0.930"
2
G&L Vintage "C"
C
1 5/8"
7 1/2"
0.830"
0.960"
2a
G&L Vintage "V"
V
1 5/8"
7 1/2"
0.830"
0.960"
2b
G&L Heritage Vintage "C"
C
1 5/8"
7 1/2"
0.790"
0.910"
3
G&L Extra Wide "C"
C
1 3/4"
12"
0.830"
0.960"
4
G&L Wide "C"
C
1 11/16"
12"
0.830"
0.960"

 

G&L Bass Necks Profiles
Neck #
Name
Shape
Nut Width
Radius
1st Fret Depth
12th Fret Depth
5
G&L Vintage "C"
C
1 3/4"
7 1/2"
0.820"
0.940"
6
G&L Vintage Narrow "C"
C
1 1/2"
7 1/2"
0.820"
0.920"
7
G&L Modern "C"
C
1 3/4"
12"
0.820"
0.940"
8
G&L Modern Narrow "C"
C
1 1/2"
12"
0.820"
0.920"
10
G&L 5-string "C"
C
1 3/4"
12"
0.820"
0.940"
* All profiles have a +/- 0.015" tolerance
* 5-string models have no neck profile options available

 


Gadow Necks

Standard guitar neck is a "C" shape

  • 1-11/16" nut
  • .830 at 1st fret
  • .930 at 12th fret

4 string Bass neck is a flatter "C" shape

  • 1.69" (1-11/16") nut
  • 2.53" at body
  • .815 at 1st fret
  • .920 at 12th

Melancon Neck Info

Neck Shapes

  • Standard (60’s C)
  • Round  (’59 Paul)
  • Soft Vee

    Nut Widths                   1.625” (1 5/8”),  1.65” ,  1.6875” (1 11/16

    Radius                             7.25”, 10” (Standard), 12”, 16”

    Standard Taper                    
    1st Fret 12th Fret Oversize
    .810                 .870                 N/A
    .830                 .890                0.02
    .840                 .900               0.03
     .850                 .910                0.04
    .860                 .920                0.05
    .870                .930                0.06
    .880                 .940                0.07
    .890                 .950                0.08
    Medium Taper
    0.825 0.905 N/A
    0.855 0.935 0.03
    0.875 0.955 0.05
    60’s Vibe
    0.81 0.93 N/A
    0.835 0.96 N/A
    0.855 0.98 N/A
    Even C Fat
    0.88 0.96 N/A
    Soft Vee
     .850 0.92 N/A

    PRS Neck info

    PATTERN NECK SHAPES - CURRENT

    The new "Pattern" neck is an updated Wide Fat PRS neck style based on Paul’s pre-factory design. These necks were found on the instruments built for Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton and Howard Leese from the late 70’s to the mid 80’s.

    WIDTH OF THE FRETBOARD AT THE NUT:

    • Pattern, Wide Fat - 1 11/16"
    • Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 1 11/16"
    • Pattern Regular, Regular - 1 21/32"
    • 12 String - 1 47/64"

    WIDTH AT THE BODY

    • Pattern, Wide Fat - 2 1/4"
    • Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 2 1/4"
    • Pattern Regular, Regular - 2 1/4"
    • 12 String - 2 19/64"

    NECK DEPTH AT THE NUT

    • Pattern, Wide Fat - 27/32"
    • Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 25/32"
    • Pattern Regular, Regular - 27/32"
    • 12 String - 27/32"

    FINGERBOARD RADIUS

    • 10" on all guitars except when otherwise stated
    • 11 1/2" on the Santana models and 12 strings

    SCALE LENGTH

    • 25" on most models except when otherwise specified
    • 24 1/2" on the SC 58, Santana, Starla, Starla X, Mira X and 245 models
    • 25 1/4" on 513, DC3, and NF3
    • 25 1/2" on 305

    FORMER NECK SHAPES

    The Regular (sometimes called Standard) neck is a round neck shape that is 1/32 narrower and not quite as thick front to back as our Wide Fat neck.

    The Wide Fat neck has the same nut width as the Wide Thin neck, but it has a deeper profile. Because of its strength and longer "heel", the Wide Fat neck produces warm tones with lots of sustain.

    The Wide Thin neck has a thinner profile front to back than the Wide Fat. It is a favorite of fast players and lead guitar players.

    Width of the fingerboard at the nut:

    • Regular – 1 21/32”
    • Wide Fat and Wide Thin – 1 11/16”
    • Santana – 1 21/32”
    • Custom 22/12 - 1 47/64"
    • 513 – 1 43/64"
    • Hiland – 1 21/32"
    • Grissom and Al D - 1 21/32"
    • Acoustics - Wide - 1 3/4", Standard - 1 11/16"

    Width at the body:

    • Regular – 2 1/4”
    • Wide Fat and Wide Thin – 2 1/4"
    • Santana – 2 1/4”
    • Custom 22/12 – 2 19/64"
    • 513 – 2 3/16"
    • Hiland – 2 7/32"
    • Grissom and Al D - 2 1/4"
    • Acoustics - Wide - 2 1/4", Standard - 2 1/8"

    Depth of neck at the nut:

    • Regular and Wide Fat – 27/32”
    • Wide Thin – 25/32”
    • 513 – 55/64"
    • Hiland – 25/32"
    • Grissom And Al D 27/32"
    • Acoustics - 55/64"

    Fingerboard radius:

    10” on all guitars and basses except 11 1/2” on the Santana II and Custom 22/12
    12" on Acoustics

    Scale length:

    • 25” on all guitars except
    • 24 1/2” on the Santana II and III
    • 25 1/4" on 513
    • 25 1/4" on Acoustics

    Gibson Neck sizes

    0.900 - 1.020 - 2003 '54 LP GT (single p-90--Dave’s)
    0.920 - ????? - 2003 '57 LP RI ebony
    0.920 - 1.040 - 2001 '57 LP GT Aged
    0.920 - 1.015 - 2001 '57 LP Black Beaut.
    0.885 - 0.975 - 2001 '59 LP RI -Darkburst
    0.905 - 0.995 - 2000 '59 LP RI -CherrySb
    0.908 - 1.005 - 2000 '59 LP RI -Black
    0.908 - 1.015 - 2000 '59 LP RI -Lemon
    0.883 - 1.003 - 2000 '59 LP RI -Flamey
    0.885 - 0.998 - 1999 '59 LP RI -Quilt
    0.895 - 0.995 - 1998 '57 LP Goldtop Reissue
    0.880 - 0.985 - 1999 '59 ES-335 Hist.
    0.850 - ????? - 2003 '54 Oxblood (Wildwood)
    0.840 - ????? - 2003 '54 Flametop Stinger '60 slim taper (MM)
    0.850 - ???? - 2003 Rossington SG (3d fret)
    0.870 - ???? - 2004 Historic SG/LP ‘61 RI (3d fret)

    '60's slim taper
    Thickness at 1st fret: 0.818"
    Thickness at 12th fret: 0.963"


    Ibanez Neck sizes

    Neck Type Scale    Thickness      Width Radius Notes
    Fret-1 Fret-12 Nut Fret-22
    JEM 25.5" 0.748 0.827 1.693 2.244 16.9  
    JCM 25.5" 0.768 0.846 1.693 2.205 16.9 J-Custom
    JPM 25.5" 0.748 0.827 1.654 2.205 16.9  
    JS (1993) 25.5" 0.787 0.858 1.654 2.244 9.8  
    JS (1997) 25.5" 0.815 0.866 1.654 2.205 9.4  
    JS (2000) 25.5" 0.787 0.866 1.654 2.205 9.4  
    MA (1989-90) 25.5" 0.669 0.787 1.693 2.244 16.9 American Master
    MA (1991-92) 25.5" 0.669 0.787 1.693 2.205 16.9 American Master
    S7 (7-string) 25.5" 0.748 0.827 1.890 2.559 16.9  
    Ultra 25.5" 0.748 0.846 1.654 2.205 16.9 USA Custom
    UV 25.5" 0.846 0.906 1.890 2.559 16.9  
    Viper   0.768 0.846 1.654 2.205 12.0  
    Wizard 25.5" 0.669 0.787 1.693 2.205 16.9  
    Wizard II (USA) 25.5" 0.748 0.827 1.693 2.205 15.7  
    Wizard II (Japan) 25.5" 0.709 0.807 1.693 2.205 16.9  
    Wizard, Super 25.5" 0.669 0.787 1.693 2.205 16.9 Bubinga stripe
    Wizard 7-string 25.5" 0.846 0.906 1.890 2.559 16.9

    Other neck sizes

    0.784 - 0.820 - Washburn N4 (Shred Plank)
    0.770 - 0.835 - ESP Sunburst Tiger (Shred Plank)
    0.830 - 0.910 - '67 Tele
    0.820 - 0.965 - Fender Relic '56 (99)
    0.862 - 0.980 - Fender Relic '56 (96)
    0.855 - 0.982 - Fender 50th Anniversary Relic
    0.935 - 0.978 - Lentz Maple Strat (unfinished)
    0.940 - 0.985 - Lentz Rosewood Strat (finished)
    0.830 - 0.930 - Ernie Ball / Music Man Axis
    0.709 - 0.728 - Hagstrom Viking
    0.845 - 0.900 - Hamer Special FM
    0.887 - 0.917 - Hamer Newport
    0.800 - 0.xxx - Anderson Standard
    0.850 - 0.970 - Callaham '60 Strat
    0.800 - 0.900 - Heritage Standard
    0.830 - 0.930 - G&L ASAT Jr.
    0.840 - 0.942 - PRS Custom 22 ('Regular' shape)
    0.850 - 0.930 - PRS McCarty Rosewood Soapbar
    0.868 - 0.958 - PRS McCarty Soapbar
    0.915 - 0.985 - Kendrick Townhouse (Offest V-neck)
    0.920 - 1.040 - 2001 '57 LP GT Aged
    0.920 - 1.015 - 2001 '57 LP Black Beaut.
    0.885 - 0.975 - 2001 '59 LP RI -Darkburst
    0.905 - 0.995 - 2000 '59 LP RI -CherrySb
    0.908 - 1.005 - 2000 '59 LP RI -Black
    0.908 - 1.015 - 2000 '59 LP RI -Lemon
    0.883 - 1.003 - 2000 '59 LP RI -Flamey
    0.885 - 0.998 - 1999 '59 LP RI -Quilt
    0.895 - 0.995 - 1998 '57 LP Goldtop Reissue
    0.880 - 0.985 - 1999 '59 ES-335 Hist.

    Grosh Neck Sizes

    0.830 - 0.930 - Medium
    0.850 - 0.950 - Md/Large
    0.875 - 0.975 - Large
    0.900 - 1.000 - Xtra Large

    Warmoth Neck Shapes

    0.735 - 0.810 - Ibanez/Wizard
    0.800 - 0.850 - Standard Thin
    0.815 - 0.940 - Wolfgang
    0.825 - 0.950 - SRV
    0.835 - 0.910 - Clapton
    0.860 - .9700 - '59 Roundback
    1.000 - 1.000 - Boat (V)
    1.000 - 1.000 - Fat (D)


    Baker Neck Shapes

    0.820 - 0.920 - Small
    0.830 - 0.980 - Standard
    0.870 - 0.950 - '59 Series
    0.870 - 0.980 - '58 Phat Taper
    0.890 - 0.980 - Large (Phat)
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