What's your Les Paul neck preference?

Peter M

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I was scared the 50s was too thick
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Seriously, I agree that using both types is not a big deal... I alternate frequently.
 

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'50s fat and rounded. Probably because I have big fat hands.
 

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I can quickly adjust to the necks on any of my Les Pauls, but I think my cherry sunburst Tributes are the probably the most comfortable. My 2021 Classic and 85 Love Rock are close contenders.
 

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Seriously, I agree that using both types is not a big deal... I alternate frequently.
I'm in the back and forth camp myself. I'll go through a 50's profile phase and then a 60's slim phase for awhile. I play and love both. Hell I could probably be satisfied with a Wizard neck profile and be fine.
 

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Biggest 50s i can find. 2014 Traditional Les Pauls are consistently my favorite they called it a "late 50s neck profile" .90-1.0. I own 2 and love them. My 2021 Standard happens to be the same or at least feels very close (but ive played 3 other 2021 Standards that were much smaller)

But i also hadent picked up my 1992 Ibanez RG770 with the thin/flat/wide Wizard for about 4 years untll last week, then promptly ordered a used 2018 RG550 reissue and love them! But hate 60s slim taper fo figure.....

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I like them all as long as they are not too small or too big (extremes). R8 necks feel best if I have my way!
 

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Maybe because the 60's slim taper has more meat on the shoulders where the Wizard necks are close to being flat?? My 2013 LPJ Pro has a similar profile to the Trads. 0.9 - 1.0. Actually my SG Classic has the same measurements.

My Standard 60's is probably the thinnest one I own at .82 - .91. But it has shoulders so it can feel deceivingly thicker.
 

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I used to think I only liked bit fat '50s ones, but now I have huge ones, medium ones and thin ones and I have found that I like them all for different reasons and enjoy going back and forth.
 

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Do you like 60's slim or 50's fat or something else.
Wide and thin. I've got an LP with a 1 3/4" nut width (they have that nut size available for Floyd Rose locking nuts, but that's another story) and the neck is 17mm thick at the first fret, 20.5mm thick at the 12th fret. A little bit of a D shape. Perfect.
 

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Fuck spec sheets if it's still done by hands and eye balls. I've got a 50's standard and they clearly sanded off a ton of wood to make it so light, that includes on the neck. The neck is slim, and pretty fast. And I'm sure there's a "60's" standard out there, with a swollen ass neck. I've never gotten the hang up about necks. They all just feel like guitar necks to me and can adjust after 5-10 minutes of playing.
 

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I can vary,,but to specific models
Like modern C on my Strats and chunky 59 style on Les Pauls and classic C on SG’s
I honestly think for me the way the guitar lays or hangs with there different shapes and sizes or even different scale lengths determines how i like my neck shape
 

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Slim 60 with a volute in Maple with an ebony fret board and jumbo frets.
 
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I have both 50's & 60's necks. When I first tried my LP Tribute, it felt like a baseball bat , but now it feels like home. With my Standard, it felt like home immediately. I like them both though....best guitars I've ever owned.
 

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Fuck spec sheets if it's still done by hands and eye balls. I've got a 50's standard and they clearly sanded off a ton of wood to make it so light, that includes on the neck. The neck is slim, and pretty fast. And I'm sure there's a "60's" standard out there, with a swollen ass neck. I've never gotten the hang up about necks. They all just feel like guitar necks to me and can adjust after 5-10 minutes of playing.
Spot on.
 

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Currently all four of my Les Pauls have 50’s necks. Definitely my preference.
 

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50s. I like the size specifically on the 2013 and 2016 Traditional models.
 

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Well, here's one that will get me kicked out of the club: I like, by far, the very slim, flattish neck on my '87 Reissue '61 Les Paul/SG Custom -- that's a Les Paul, folks -- which is a real outlier in the family. It's a strange profile, but I play with a pretty light touch and no thumb-around, so it works great for me. I've never had a real attraction to the chunky necks, though I can play them fine; lately, I've been playing slimmer necks because, well, why not? The ebony fretboard on the LP/SG makes for a plenty stiff neck, especially alongside modern rosewoods and mahoganies.
 

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I can play either the 50's and 60's style tapers. I'm starting to prefer just a slight amount more meat on necks these days.

I had a bad experience years ago when I was handed a Strat with a baseball bat at a blues/jazz jam. 3/4 of the way through the first song my hand was cramping, and that was only from chording.

I wasn't so sure I would like the 50's (non baseball bat) taper since I had repetitive motion injuries and partial nerve damage about 15 years ago.

It was excruciating pain with intermittent numbness which effected my ring and pinky on my fretting hand the most. I had it in both arms and after months of therapy and significantly cutting back on practice/playing thought I wouldn't be able to play again - so I sold all of my gear which was even a bit more painful, oddly enough I somehow came out ahead on that deal - timing I guess.

I feel fortunate to have moved beyond those issues and have adapted and become comfortable with just about any neck profile.
 
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