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greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Apr 15th, 2019 06:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just acquired a 2015 Gibson LP 100 Anniversary model goldtop. A beautiful guitar, great tones and the thickest, widest neck I've ever encountered. The width at the 12th fret is 1/4" or more than any of my other guitars.

When I first pick it up, it feels very strange, like I'm holding a 2x4 (a slight exaggeration). But after a few seconds, I find I've adapted to it pretty well. Maybe someday, my other guitar necks will seem too skinny.

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Apr 15th, 2019 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve got a couple guitars with really chunky necks. One is a Gibson and the other is, surprisingly, and import - a Dean Schenker V.

I luvs me some chunky neck. I don’t seem to have issues switching back and forth between these and my slimmer neck guitars. But I prefer the beef.

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Apr 15th, 2019 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I dislike 50's style neck profiles on Gibson Les Pauls, but really like the "ball bat" neck on my 1991 Jeff Beck Strat.

I'm just odd I guess. (:oD

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Apr 15th, 2019 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

The necks that Gibson introduced on their LP-100 series (2015 IIRC) were really wide and quite a departure from their usual fare. It was part of the reason they didn't sell because they were just too weird. Many retailers had to deeply discount them to get them moving.

These were the same guitars Gibson stuck on that weird hologram of Les Paul grinning at you from Beyond The Grave.

I prefer chunkier necks, but the LP-100 neck feels more like a classical guitar than an electric.

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(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 12:20 PM, Apr 15th, 2019)

greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Apr 16th, 2019 05:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

"LP-100 neck feels more like a classical guitar than an electric." True dat, Peegoo. That was my feeling too. The only thing I really dislike about the guitar, though, is the "signature" on the headstock. They apparently thought that making it look like Mr Paul signed it with a magic marker would be cool. Me - not so much!

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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 16th, 2019 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

That signature is Les Paul's, but the 100 is an MS Windows font named Mistral. Why they didn't have Les simply write '100' after his name is strange indeed.

I'm a huge fan of Gibson, but they really cheesed out on this one.

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Apr 16th, 2019 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

After playing my Tele build with a boat neck for awhile, my Mex Tele neck seems wimpy. I played it last night and contemplated ordering a new neck for it.

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Apr 16th, 2019 10:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have big hands and I like small necks. Slim Taper, Ibanez Super Wizard, late 60's SG's.

You can get used to anything I think. My 7 string feels like a 2x4 by comparison.

(This message was last edited by Pinetree at 12:02 AM, Apr 17th, 2019)

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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 16th, 2019 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have guitars with typical Fender C shaped necks, but I get cramps in the fretting hand palm (the fat thumb pollicis brevis muscle) if I play for more than an hour or so.

With fat necks I don't have that issue, so if I'm going to be playing more than an hour, I take something with a fat neck. I hope it keeps working for me.

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Apr 17th, 2019 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Since I routinely switched between ukulele, baritone uke, banjo, classical guitar, 12-string, mandolin, and acoustic or electric guitar in my yoot, I guess I just learned to adapt, because I'm not real sensitive about neck shape. As long as a guitar neck allows me to play thumb-around chords, I'm fine with it.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 04:18 PM, Apr 17th, 2019)

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Apr 17th, 2019 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Chunkiest neck I ever played was on a 1957 Silvertone 1427L (Silvertone version of Harmony H62, like an "Espanada" but without the aluminum body binding). The nut was probably 1-3/4" and the neck profile was FAT. Great for finger-picking.

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