Slim Neck vs Fat Neck Epi LPs

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I have a LP Standard PTP with SD "Whole Lotta Humbuckers" that has a slim neck. Its a fast neck but I do get cramps sometimes playing it (Thumb over neck when playing). I have a 1966 reissue Epi SG G-400 that has a fatter neck that I don't get as many cramps when playing.

It's hard to beat the tone and looks of the Les Paul PTP but I sometimes wonder if I would prefer a beefier neck like the ones found on the Trads.

What do y'all prefer? Slim necks or fat necks?
 

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Both if rounded. I don't like the very slim flat ones, nor am I too fond of the fat ones with hard "shoulders".
Fender tapered C shape comes to mind. Maybe I should get the dust off my Strat this weekend o_O
 

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If you're looking for a Trad Pro, make sure you play before you buy. I bought a new 2014 Trad Pro (1st generation) online and it had the thinnest neck I've ever played. Brought it to Guitar Center to compare with a Trad Pro II and couldn't believe the difference. Sold it for that fact. But my '99 G-400 ...... now that's a nice fat neck! She will be with me forever!
 

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Fat vs thin necks? It depends on the size, configuration, and strength of your hands and fingers. Like when buying clothes, there is no "one size fits all".
 

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Fat ones, late 80s and the 90s epiphones seem the most consistent for thick and rounded, I have tried quite a few newer year Epis, most were slimmer and more blade like
 

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I have fat and slim neck guitars. I prefer a fatter neck but actually i find a thinner neck easier to play. Although the thinner neck guitar has a 14 inch radius vs 12 inch, so that may have something to do with it.

I find the fatter the neck gives you better support. Its hard to find guitars with fat necks nowadays.
 

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I grew up on Gibson Norlin LP's in the 70's, so I like the thin necks. But after 50 years of playing you could give me a strung telephone pole and I can play it fine. :rofl:
 
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Like when buying clothes, there is no "one size fits all".

Truth.

Its hard to find guitars with fat necks nowadays.

Glad to hear (or read :) ) someone else say this!! I thought it was just me, or that I was always looking at the wrong models when trying to find a beefy neck. Like the OP, 60’s slim taper necks fatigue my fretting hand. I much prefer 50’s rounded necks. :thumb:
 

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That's the reason why i prefer fat necks, i find they have more support and you can play longer.

But i also find it strange that Epi doesn't make a 59 burst model. I know i would buy one. Luckily i bought one of the last Peter Frampton's with a fifties neck (i think). That guitar is a keeper and a real joy to play. My only criticism is it would have been great with Gibson pickups.
 

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Fat necks for me too.

It's not just width and depth measurements but that rear shoulder carve that can kill a neck for me.

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Most of my guitars have fat necks. I recently picked up one that is very small and have really bonded with it. I had to get rid of my '14 Traditional pro because I couldn't get along with the neck. And my '13 Standard was nice and big. Go figure.
 

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It seems that those Epi Goldtop '56 P90 LPs that are issued once in a while have different neck thickneses, depending on issue. Though I usually prefer thin necks, my guitar of this model (an 09 issue) has a rather fat neck an I'm glad it does. That is because the original 1956 Gibson of this model has a rather fact neck. Historical correctness.
 

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Along those lines, I (like I’ll bet every other player) can play thin or fat necks (within reason). It is only a matter of what feels best for the individual player.
 

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