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    I played a friend's 1965 Fender Mustang Guitar. Its neck was very thin and I liked it. I was wondering if any new guitars come with such thin necks.

    I currently play a Stratocaster with a C neck.

    I would appreciate any suggestions.




  • #2
    The majority of newer guitars come with thin necks. Typically, guitars for shredding come with thin necks. The Ibanez Wizard is a good example. You can always buy a thin neck from Warmoth if you're putting it on a fender or other bolt on neck.

    The Classic Vibe Asian Fenders have thin necks. Good bang for buck.

    For what it's worth, I can't stand them. Hard to find a thick neck these days.
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    • #3
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      • #4
        I never understood why neck shape has not been more than a feel issue in electrics. For classical they would measure your hand and find a guitar that ''fitted''.
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        • #5
          My Squier has a narrow neck . I love the guitar but not so much the neck.

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          • #6
            Thanks for all the comments.

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            • #7
              Many Danolectros also have thinner neck profiles, if you prefer a different / more throwback look.
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              • #8
                Plato, are we talking thin or narrow? Thin, meaning the thickness of the neck from the fretboard to the point your hand is, or narrow, meaning the distance from the two 'E' strings.
                And didn't the Mustang have a shorter scale, like the Duo Sonic?
                And me myself and I, have always preferred neck with some meat to them.
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                • #9
                  The old Peavey T-60's had really thin necks.

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                  • #10
                    Judging from experience with old Fender short scale offsets, the OP means a narrow neck, not thin. There were 2 neck widths on those guitars. A and B widths. The A is pretty narrow, but still chunky in depth. I find them pretty comfortable myself, and lots of fun to play. In my journeys, I have not found a modern guitar with that shape to the neck. Rickenbackers are close, but feel different, perhaps due to scale length.

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                    • #11
                      Thin necks =

                      Fat necks =

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                      • #12
                        I own a Kramer Knight Swan from 1988, 24 frets and a very thin neck. Best neck, I've ever played on.
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                        • #13
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                          • #14
                            I have Carvins with thin necks that are easy to play....but they need truss rod adjustments every year.
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                            • #15
                              I guess I should have been more specific. The Mustang had a very thin and narrow neck. It was narrower than any guitar I have ever seen. I have played some of the Squires and this was significantly narrower than them. It was almost like it was made for a child. Also, they do have a shorter scale.

                              I appreciate all the replies.

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