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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:27 pm    Post subject: Are all Mustang necks created equal??? Reply with quote

I have a 70's Mustang, I love it but...... it gives me cramp over the back of my hand which I can only attribute to the slim neck. I'm ok a couple times a week for 20 mins but any longer & no guitar for a few days.
Eyeing it against my 64 Jaguar the necks appear almost the same with the Mustang a gnats cock slimmer & thinner at the nut.

So are there bigger necks out there? Trying to find one in the UK is prolly going to prove a pain & importing a neck from the State equally so given CITIES and could prove not big enough.

Or should I just sell it and buy a Tele?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slim necks kill my left wrist. Half a year of playing an Epiphone with their idiotic Slim Taper neck gave me all the symptoms of the carpal syndrome from which I afterwards recovered for a year. I'm not buying another Epiphone ever

Somebody wrote here that Squier VM Mustang necks are chunkier than vintage ones, but they have jumbo frets which makes playing chords on the higher frets quite uncomfortable
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Somebody wrote here that Squier VM Mustang necks are chunkier than vintage ones, but they have jumbo frets which makes playing chords on the higher frets quite uncomfortable

Could have been me, it's definitely a lot thicker back to front.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have double jointed thumbs so thin necks make me cramp bad! I had a Mosrite Celebrity that had a super thin neck.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a time I loved Mustang/JS necks, especially the 65 RI, but only really use my Teles at the moment.

I think what feels comfortable changes as your hands change with age.
The smaller scale necks seem a bit too restrictive to me and shallow flat necks like Ibanez give me cramp. I can't get on with Epiphone necks at the moment either.

Seem fine with most Strat and Tele necks.

Incidentally, we used to joke about it on here, how most players seem to hit a certain age and move onto the Stratocaster. Maybe there's something in that...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
There was a time I loved Mustang/JS necks, especially the 65 RI, but only really use my Teles at the moment.

I think what feels comfortable changes as your hands change with age.
The smaller scale necks seem a bit too restrictive to me and shallow flat necks like Ibanez give me cramp. I can't get on with Epiphone necks at the moment either.

Seem fine with most Strat and Tele necks.

Incidentally, we used to joke about it on here, how most players seem to hit a certain age and move onto the Stratocaster. Maybe there's something in that...


Aww balls... actually it's not the scale which troubles me, I'm fine on the Jaguar and Musicmaster.... so it's got to be the thickness of the neck.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What year is yours? My '72 Compstang (ex Stewart) feels like it has a chunky old neck to me.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What year is yours? My '72 Compstang (ex Stewart) feels like it has a chunky old neck to me.


I'd say early to mid 70's, has 2 string trees and the white button F tuners
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johno wrote:
Fran wrote:
There was a time I loved Mustang/JS necks, especially the 65 RI, but only really use my Teles at the moment.

I think what feels comfortable changes as your hands change with age.
The smaller scale necks seem a bit too restrictive to me and shallow flat necks like Ibanez give me cramp. I can't get on with Epiphone necks at the moment either.

Seem fine with most Strat and Tele necks.

Incidentally, we used to joke about it on here, how most players seem to hit a certain age and move onto the Stratocaster. Maybe there's something in that...


Aww balls... actually it's not the scale which troubles me, I'm fine on the Jaguar and Musicmaster.... so it's got to be the thickness of the neck.

No Johno, accept it, you're getting old. Buy a Strat and a decent pair of carpet slippers, it comes to us all... Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
Johno wrote:
Fran wrote:
There was a time I loved Mustang/JS necks, especially the 65 RI, but only really use my Teles at the moment.

I think what feels comfortable changes as your hands change with age.
The smaller scale necks seem a bit too restrictive to me and shallow flat necks like Ibanez give me cramp. I can't get on with Epiphone necks at the moment either.

Seem fine with most Strat and Tele necks.

Incidentally, we used to joke about it on here, how most players seem to hit a certain age and move onto the Stratocaster. Maybe there's something in that...


Aww balls... actually it's not the scale which troubles me, I'm fine on the Jaguar and Musicmaster.... so it's got to be the thickness of the neck.

No Johno, accept it, you're getting old. Buy a Strat and a decent pair of carpet slippers, it comes to us all... Laughing


I quite like Strats despite never owning one..... fuck the slippers though!
Been eyeing up LPJrs SGJrs and Les paul Specials hmmmm
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must have been old before my time, I bought my first Strat at age 18. Sold my half share in a WEM PA100 to help finance it. It cost me the equivalent of £185. I nearly bought a Tele until someone told me of a cheaper store where I could get a Strat for the same money.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickS wrote:
I must have been old before my time, I bought my first Strat at age 18. Sold my half share in a WEM PA100 to help finance it. It cost me the equivalent of £185. I nearly bought a Tele until someone told me of a cheaper store where I could get a Strat for the same money.

We've all had Strats, Nick, but you don't fully bond with one until you are over forty. It's a well known medical fact.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
NickS wrote:
I must have been old before my time, I bought my first Strat at age 18. Sold my half share in a WEM PA100 to help finance it. It cost me the equivalent of £185. I nearly bought a Tele until someone told me of a cheaper store where I could get a Strat for the same money.

We've all had Strats, Nick, but you don't fully bond with one until you are over forty. It's a well known medical fact.

Have always "liked" my strat...is a lovely guitar, but mostly has sat in the rack gathering dust...then I picked it up a few weeks ago and thought it felt and sounded bloody brilliant!!! The fact I turned 40 last March is purely coincidental Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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sunshiner wrote:
Somebody wrote here that Squier VM Mustang necks are chunkier than vintage ones, but they have jumbo frets which makes playing chords on the higher frets quite uncomfortable

Could have been me, it's definitely a lot thicker back to front.

I just measured the nuts, the og 1966 is a tad above 41 mm, the Squier seems about 42,5. I don't have calipers to measure how thick the neck is back to front.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I just measured the nuts

Hey, I appreciate your frankness
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joking aside that's a good to know info, thank you. My Affinity strat has a 42 mm wide nut, but it has a very thin rosewood fingerboard and the neck profile keeps being curvy up until it meets the fretboard so it makes a very narrow feel in the cowboy chords position, to the extent that it's not comfortable to play. On the other hand when you go up the neck it's one of the most comfortable necks to play - the finish is smooth, the C-profile and relatively small width/thickness makes it a joy to play leaving your thumb on the top of the fretboard
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

every 70's mustang neck i have picked up has been fat as fuck.

but i grew up with jagstang and classic series MIJ mustangs/jaguars which were smaller.

when the MG65 slab body reissue came out, it had a much thicker neck.


the coulple of squier VM mustangs i played had necks very similar to mid 90's to early 00's MIJ slim necks compared to the 65RI and 70's vintage stang
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crazy, my og VM Mustang neck was chunk-yyyyyyy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah that neck was horrible. I remember the one on the red Mustang I had was just a tad bigger than the Jag one.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i played a VM sonic blue mustang at http://www.guitarworks.com that felt exactly like my comp stang.

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it felt so fuckin good. it felt better than every fender one they had in the store.

they got a lefty kurdtz jaguar right now. its so fucking nice. its made of orgasm jizz, hardend into a backwards guitar
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