Played yet another 61 couple days ago- You know, when they are not side by side I can't even detect the width difference. The only thing I can detect however is more visual and tactile. The 61's rosewood almost seems to raise upward in a reverse concave from the binding. Whereas, the modern STD's rosewood is flat-or flush with the binding. I guess all in all I have to agree with some that it would follow logically that the 61 neck might be faster after all. Though the STD is also fast I think the 61 has got it by a bit in speed cuz of its raised fingerboard profile. Am I off base here or is this what you all have found too. Cuz if it is....I can feel another case of serious GAS coming on......Pleeeze tell me I'm full of ^$&#$^$! I have been jonesin and daydreamin bout that 61 since last wednesday. Even thinking how I might trade in my STD with a few $$ and pick it up without anybody round here really noticin and stuff....Heeellllp me! I'm wrong right? And dont even think of tellin me I should have both! It aint gonna happen without divorce.