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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Slim Taper SGs

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

Standing in the back, by the drummer.
Sep 10th, 2017 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I play bass most of the time and, when I do play a guitar, it’s usually a Tele or Strat. Nonetheless, I have fond memories of a mid '60s slim taper SG that I owned long ago. Vintage guitars are out of my price range, so I am curious about recent SGs with that neck profile. The one my nephew bought in the early 2000s had a very different neck, which I didn’t like. I have never played a ’61 RI, which seems like a logical starting point, but read somewhere that the early '60s and mid '60s necks were different. Of course, there is a lot of conflicting and confusing information on the internet. Guidance from someone with hands on experience would be appreciated.

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By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Sep 10th, 2017 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Try out the '61s. The ones advertised as modern SlimTapers give me hand cramps, but the slim Fender necks don't. The '61 necks are indeed slim but nice and round.

I think I heard that the 2017 SGs have skinny necks again.

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Clearwaterrrrr Revival
Sep 10th, 2017 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Rick, even the same guitar model line will have variances in the feel (taper/profile) of the neck.

I think the ones that are really thin were sanded by a production guy that had a fight with the old lady that morning.

Your best bet is to get to a shop and play several of the guitar you want, and one will feel better to you than the others.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Sep 10th, 2017 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not an expert in this area (or any area for that matter) but I think Epi's tend to run a bit slimmer than Gib's.
I know they advertise as "slim taper D" profile and you wouldn't need shell out big bucks for what is still a decent instrument.

I have a (cheap, recently acquired) Epi LP Special II that has a "60's slim taper D" and it feels great to my hands. (plays great too after a set up & minor works)

So Epi's may be worth looking into...


Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sep 11th, 2017 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

+1 on the '61s. That neck is pretty slim the reason I sold mine. Also had neck dive so look out for that too.

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By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Sep 11th, 2017 01:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I should have mentioned that several of the 61s I've played did NOT give me hand cramps. That's what I was getting at with the 61 vs SlimTaper thing.

Peegoo's totally right, though. They're hand sanded and you want one from the right bench.

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NW Pennsylvania

Sep 11th, 2017 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

My '68 SG Special had a wonderfully slim neck, but the thing also doubled as a whammy bar.

I'd be seriously surprised if Gibson made them like that today.

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