Shapes of guitar necks?

Asked by: Helen Bias

Which guitar neck shape is best?

There is no best guitar neck shape because every guitarist has different preferences. Some guitarists prefer a thicker and rounder guitar neck to grip, while others prefer a flatter or thinner neck.

What are the different types of guitar necks?

There are THREE main types of Guitar neck and they ALL vary in shape and tonewood. These shapes include C shape, U shape and V shape. Which can also come in different types of tonewoods which include (not limited to) Rosewood, Mahogany, Maple, Wenge and Koa.

Which guitars have U shaped necks?

Guitars with a U-Shape Neck Profile:

  • Fender American Original ’50s Tele (thick U)
  • Gibson Les Paul Junior (thick U)
  • Gibson Les Paul Tribute (thick U)
  • Schecter Banshee (thin U)
  • Gretsch Streamliner (thin U)

What neck shape do Strats have?

C-Shaped Neck Profile

Many Fender guitars, especially Stratocasters, now have a “modern C shape” (or “flat oval”) neck profile, a flattened variation of the traditional C shape.

How do I pick a guitar neck?

Next especially modern necks are about 22. And a half millimeters thick at the first fret. They'll go to about 23. Or 23 and a half millimeters thick at the 12th fret.

Is a thin neck guitar easier to play?

Thinner neck guitars can be easier to play for some guitarists, which is based on their preferred playing style, hands’ size, subjective feel, and experience. So, some players will find the thin guitar necks easier for playing and practicing, while others will say the thick ones are the best ones.

What shape neck does a Les Paul have?

Some of the most common Les Paul necks include: Vintage 50s – these are “rounded”, or C shaped necks, famed for their extreme girth. Vintage 60s – these are known in Gibson/Epiphone circles as “Slim Taper”, which to the rest of the guitar world is a D shape. They are very comfortable and fast playing.

What guitar neck is best for small hands?

People with small hands tend to have an easier time playing on flatter, thinner necks, which means that they will often benefit from a fretboard radius that is 12“ or above. This is why shred guitars like the John Petrucci Signature series for example, have a fretboard radius of 16″.

What is C shape?

Definition of C-shaped

: having the shape of a capital C.

What is Gibson 59 neck profile?

Taken from a sampling of good feeling 59 necks it is commonly agreed that it is somewhat C-shaped with small shoulders and varied between 0.860″ and 0.895″ under the first fret, and 0.960″ and 0.995″ under the 12th. Collings Guitars set it as 0.865″ under the 1st and 0.967″ under the 9th and called that rather well.

Do Les Pauls have thick necks?

The Les Paul Standard 50s has a thicker neck profile than the 60s. Most people have a preference of what kind of neck they prefer – if you don’t, I’d suggest coming down and trying them both out.

What neck radius does Eric Clapton use?


Neck Material: Maple
Neck Shape: Soft “V”
Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.77 cm)
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″ (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 22

Which Stratocaster neck is best?

4 Best Stratocater Replacement Necks

  • Fender Roasted Maple Flat Oval Neck.
  • Fender Modern C Maple Neck.
  • Fender American ’60s Original Neck.
  • Fender American Professional Neck.

What is a modern C neck profile?

Modern “C” Shape: Thin profile, easy/fast playing, usually 9.5” radius, the Fender gold standard for the past 25 years. These necks have an ultra-comfortable flattened oval shape fit for just about any style (particularly modern rock). They are not cut as deep as “U” or “V” shaped profiles.

Why did Eric Clapton switch to Stratocaster?

In 1970, Clapton switched from Gibson electric guitars to Fender Stratocasters, largely due to the influences of Jimi Hendrix and Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood.

Who owns Clapton’s Blackie?

the Guitar Center

Eric Clapton sold Blackie on at Christie’s Auction House, New York to raise funds for Crossroads Centre Antigua (an alcohol and drug treatment centre) he founded in 1997. Blackie was purchased by the Guitar Center for $959,500 and held the record for world’s most expensive guitar at the time.

Where is Clapton’s Blackie?

Currently, Blackie resides at the music retailer’s flagship store on West 44th Street in NYC. The legendary guitar’s lives on thanks to a limited run of Fender Custom Shop reissues of the guitar that are identical to the original.