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Santa Ynez Valley CA

Listen to Peter Green...
Nov 11th, 2014 12:50 PM        

Anyone compare the standard '51 Nocaster U neck to the 65 C shape available on some of them? Any comments on the impact on tone/feel/playability?

Tyrone Shuz


I'm all in!
Dec 22nd, 2014 11:54 AM        

I have a Nocaster. I've played the first '65's, a nice chunky C but nothing close in girth to the Nocaster. The Hot Rod '62 had a similar chunky C carve, felt great to me, but not the size of the Nocaster.<br /> <br /> I believe a big neck sounds better than a small one, provided the wood is of equal quality.<br /> <br /> Playability is very personal but overly small necks can cause hand cramping, and an overly big neck can be tough to negotiate. But I believe, with practice, most huge necks can be negotiated.<br /> <br /> I met my match though, I had an enormous neck put on a strat, and it was just too big, I had a guy shave it down to Nocaster specs. I didn't notice any loss of tone, but then, I didn't record the old and new. But I was just not happy with the replacement neck, so I had no choice, really, after trying with it for a year or two.<br /> <br /> I always say play the biggest neck you can actually play, but don't give up right away either. I met my match, but I can play my Nocaster all day and night, and that neck is huge.

Chris Greene

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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 22nd, 2014 12:19 PM        

I had a Nocaster and the neck is huge on them compared to what most of us are familiar with. I sold the guitar after a couple years because it really didn't speak to me, lovely as it was.<br /> <br />

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