Neck Material Tone Influence

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  1. Robert Herndon

    Robert Herndon Well-Known Member

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    Gents,

    I have an old 87 Squire Stratocaster with maple/rosewood, thin profile neck. I been contemplating a Warmoth super wide neck because of my large hands/fingers and just to do something different to this old relic I've owned since new.

    I will keep the thin profile and reuse the "Fender" tuners it came with, along with a dark rosewood board and dot inlay. However, I'm undecided on wood.

    I like the feel of oiled woods and I did this on my 1959 Sears Silverstone restoration with good results.

    To that end, I feel as though mahagony may give warmer tone than maple, retain its shape better and work well with an oil finish, although I will miss not having a headstock label.

    Thoughts on this???

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  2. donepearce

    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    I'd say select by feel and look. I can't stand playing maple Starts because of the heavy lacquer. I just find the feel of it nasty. And when it starts wearing off it all gets dirty. I've never found a sound difference.
     
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    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    Have you looked into Warmoth's roasted maple options. Good maple doesn't need a finish. Just some good gunstock wax for protection from the elements. I've been seriously planning for a Warmouth roasted maple alternative for my Strat for the last year. I just got to figure out the neck profile that I think is going to work for me. Oh yeah... and some funds, too.
     
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    smitty_p Well-Known Member

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    The neck material makes all the difference in the world...or none at all...or maybe a little.

    How's that for commitment!
     
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  5. Robert Herndon

    Robert Herndon Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, gents...

    I too hate the lacquer feel and I've sanded down several necks and rubbed in linseed oil.

    Roasted maple. Never thought of that!

    Profile - I always liked the super thin strat necks. Even though I wear a size 12 glove and wear a size 14 ring, the thin neck profile feels best...
     
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    I'd love a wider neck on my Classic Vibe Strat, but it would be 2 times what I paid for the entire guitar.
     
  7. Robert Herndon

    Robert Herndon Well-Known Member

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    I never look at the money like that...only the end result. It was $300 to level and crown my 1987 squire Stratocaster - a guitar that cost a fraction of that brand new in 1998....and everyone who picks it up trys to buy it.
     
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    RVA Well-Known Member

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    Check out the Squire Affinity necks. They are very nice! You can get the whole guitar for $ 100-$200. If all you are after is the neck, you can get one with a beater body on the cheap.
     
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    eS.G. Well-Known Member

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    YOu can get a loaded Squire neck on ebay for 30.00 -----

    NEck material........wonder how it effects the tone on this beast.
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    ALUMINUM neck
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  10. Robert Herndon

    Robert Herndon Well-Known Member

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    I need the width...the Warmoth super wide neck is nearly classical width.
     
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    Robert Herndon Well-Known Member

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    Kerrang!
     
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    Ebony or ... Ebony for me .
     

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