?? to owners of 1954-1956 & Early '70s LP Custom Black Beauties

Uncle Vinnie

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What kind of neck dimensions (1st fret) and neck shapes (depth and shoulders) do these guitars have?

I want a reissue BB, either the early 70's version or Custom Shop version and I want a huge neck with a lot of depth (.95" or better @ 1st fret) but not too much shoulders. Will I be disappointed?
 
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zhivago

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I have no callipers to measure my '56, but the neck is actually a very comfortable medium size one. The old necks were not always as thought of...sometimes they varied as they were shaped by hand.

Compared to the '03 R4BB I used to have, the '56 really is nothing alike...the R4 had a lot more shoulders and felt way bigger. I find the '56 a lot more comfortable.

Hope this helps a bit :)
 

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I have owned a couple of 69 BB Customs and have found that there is a lot of taper to the necks. My current one is .820 - .995 . They can vary a lot in thickness but in general they feel like a mid 1960 standard from fret 1-7 and a 59 standard 8-12.
 

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Here are the measurements of the ones that I've owned, starting with my current one...

1973 54 Reissue
1st fret: 0.892"
7th fret: 0.939"
12th fret: 0.985"

1998 Historic
1st fret: 0.892"
7th fret: 0.949"
12th fret: 1.005"

2001 Historic
I'll keep looking, but I might have actually sold this one without measuring

2014 Robby Krieger Historic
1st fret: 0.899"
7th fret: 0.942"
12th fret: 0.987"


In terms of shape, I'm terrible at qualitative descriptions of shoulders, etc. I don't know if it helps much, but here are a couple of neck and heel shots of my '73...





 
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Hmm. Seems that .9 at the 1st fret is the norm. I was looking for something fatter, and hoping that the 1990s era BBs had bigger necks. I just might have to put an Alnico staple pup in the neck of my R6 GT.
 




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