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Rick Knight

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Sep 10th, 2017 07:09 AM        

I play bass most of the time and, when I do play a guitar, itâs 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 didnât like. I have never played a â61 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.



BrentD

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Sep 10th, 2017 10:11 AM        

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. <br /> <br /> I think I heard that the 2017 SGs have skinny necks again.



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Sep 10th, 2017 10:39 AM        

Rick, even the same guitar model line will have variances in the feel (taper/profile) of the neck. <br /> <br /> I think the ones that are really thin were sanded by a production guy that had a fight with the old lady that morning.<br /> <br /> 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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Sep 10th, 2017 04:38 PM        

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.<br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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)<br /> <br /> So Epi's may be worth looking into...<br />



Deep



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Sep 11th, 2017 11:34 AM        

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



BrentD

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

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



Pinetree

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Sep 11th, 2017 01:07 PM        

My '68 SG Special had a wonderfully slim neck, but the thing also doubled as a whammy bar.<br /> <br /> <br /> I'd be seriously surprised if Gibson made them like that today.<br /> <br />



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