Traditional 50s neck and rounded

oldschoolblues

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What is the difference between the 50s neck on a Les Paul Traditional 2016 and before to a 2017 Traditional with a rounded neck, thats what Ive read on the specs by Gibson. I heard that the 50s neck on older Traditionals are a bit thicker, any idea.
 

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A 50's style neck is rounded as compared to the 60's style slim taper. 50's style USA regular production necks can vary quite a bit from instrument to instrument and year to year in some cases. Some have been noted as being larger or fuller than Historic Custom Shop R6s..... though most are not. Traditionals of later model years have been a little more consistent.

My 2011 Trad is very similar to my 2014 R8,... but larger than my R9..... not quite as full as my R7.

I'm just providing some general information others will chime in and can be more specific I'm sure with actual neck sizes and details. :cheers:
 

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My 2013 and 2011 Traditionals had a beefier neck than any of the 2017 Traditionals I've had. However, there were a lot of variances within the 2017 model year neck size - a couple felt too skinny, but 2 of them were just right.
 

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About a couple of years ago I was shopping around specifically for a 2016 Traditional because I needed a beefy neck, but during that time I tried a fair number of 2017's and some 2018's as well. The 2016's definitely felt fatter/fuller. The 2017's I tried reminded me of the slim taper neck on my '95 Les Paul Classic (which I have since sold because the neck was too thin for me)! Just felt skinny. Ended up with a really great 2016 Trad! :thumb:

I've also tried some 2019 Traditionals (from before the mid-year switch to the new lineup), and they felt a lot like my '16.

For what it's worth, I've since been told that Traditionals from 2011-2014 have even bigger necks, although I haven't had the opportunity to try any.

A little off-topic, but I'll add that the beefiest neck I've ever played was an R7. Once I played that guitar, I felt like I finally understood what people meant by "baseball bat" necks.
 

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My 2013 and 2011 Traditionals had a beefier neck than any of the 2017 Traditionals I've had. However, there were a lot of variances within the 2017 model year neck size - a couple felt too skinny, but 2 of them were just right.
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