Necks: 50's rounded vs 60's slim.

Which neck profile do you prefer on a Les Paul and/or SG?

  • 50s rounded profile neck.

    Votes: 103 56.9%
  • 60s slim prifile neck.

    Votes: 78 43.1%

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Nico66

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I have a Traditional gold top from 2011 slim neck. I use to have a MIK Epi Casino from 2001. Now THAT was slim. The epi Casino had one of the slimmiest neck I´ve ever played on. Just my .02 cents worth
 

p90fool

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I prefer the feel of slim necks, but have learned to compromise because I think a big neck on a Les Paul just sounds better.
 

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60's slim for me, although I enjoy changin it up for a couple practice sessions every week, just so i can stay on top of both neck shapes. I know i sounds weird, but even though I am more comfortable all around with the 60's neck, frets 7-12 feel better on my 50's neck for solos.
 

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My 92' Studio have a 59' rounded neck, while the neck of my 98' Standard DC is a 59' slim tapered. From pure measurements they're very close to another.

Feelwise i would describe the 59' rounded as a rounded D, where the 59' slim tapered more tends to be an oval C. The difference is subtile, i feel comfortly with both.

Here are some measurements:



Width Nut 1th 5th 11th
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92' Studio: 1 11/16 1 12/16 1 14/16 2 1/16
59'round

98' STDDC: 1 11/16 1 12/16 1 15/16 2 1/16
59'slim


Girth 1th 5th 11th
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92' Studio: 2 10/16 2 13/16 2 15/16
59'round

98' STDDC: 2 11/16 2 13/16 3
59'slim


Thickness 1th 5th 11th
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92' Studio: 13/16 (0.813) 14/16 (0.875) 15/16 (0.938) inch
59'round 20.7 22.2 23.8 mm

98' STDDC: 13/16 (0.813) 14/16 (0.875) 15/16 (0.938) inch
59'slim 20.7 22.2 23.8 mm
 

UEF

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50s is one of those things that only still happens because Good Ol' Boys won't have anything else; same as nitro finishes.

Shame really, as 60s is better. The fans always want to hold back innovation, even when it happened in the 60s.
 

p90fool

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50s is one of those things that only still happens because Good Ol' Boys won't have anything else

That's one of the stupidest things I've read on here, and that's saying something.
 

rjshare

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That's one of the stupidest things I've read on here, and that's saying something.

seconded.

lets give him the benefit of the doubt and say it was a poor attempt at humorous trolling...
 

rjshare

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... The fans always want to hold back innovation, even when it happened in the 60s.

which is why you own and play two guitars designed in the 50s rather than the far superior model that replaced it in the early 60s?

never mind your personal preference or comfort, stop being such a redneck and get yourself an sg. much lighter with better fret access - you're clinging to the past...

(i see you still have to tune your guitars manually too, caveman)
 

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I have both prifiles. Slim 60's used to give me cramps when playing chords. Don't know what happened but I've gone through a shift to liking 60's more and don't cramp up when playing them. Maybe I've changed my style. Next week I'll probably say the opposite...
 

M.C.J.

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I love the '60's slim-tapered profile!

I have a 2010 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe '60's that uses this kind of neck shape. I first tried one of these guitars at GC to see if they were any good, and much to my surprise it not only sounded great, but was very easy to play. For me, the '60's slim-tapered neck shape makes this neck incredible comfortable, easy to play, and extremely fast for fast legato runs.

I don't hate those fatter '50's profile necks, but if I could have it my way all the time, it would be the '60's profile for all my Les Pauls.
 

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I play any neck size and if I'm not as good with a new guitar's neck then I practice until I am.


Posted from Mylespaul.com App for Android
 

JMB1984

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I prefer the 50s and they are grossly outnumbered in the current Gibson USA series. Gibson should make fewer models with both neck profiles instead of so many different models.
 

geezberry

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50's all the way. You need something that fills the palm of your hand, otherwise fatigue will set in. You guys think 50's is too thick, go try an R7,R8 or a decent Classical guitar.
 

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I have wondered if there is some validity to hand size, neck measurements, comfort and use. Its interesting that most the bowlers I know get their hands and ball accurately measured for the best results but as far as I know there is no such system regarding guitars??

spoony
 

Gerr

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I have wondered if there is some validity to hand size, neck measurements, comfort and use.

One would think that small handed people would like the 60's neck and large handed people would like the 50's neck. However, I have heard reports of the opposite, so wondering about that myself.
 

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I have large hands, two Les Pauls (both historics) with '50s necks, and the only slim-necked Les Paul (Classic Antique) I was ever comfortable playing.
 

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