Greetings. I posted this question to TheGearPage forum last night, but perhaps it's better asked here:
I've played Gibsons for 45 years - primarily 335s. My current #1 is a 2012 Gibson ES-335. Nothing special...just a garden variety dot neck. However, it is the most comfortable guitar I've ever played. I'm a jazz player and the most complicated chord melody standards just pour out of this guitar. The neck fits my hand perfectly and I never get fatigued. It has always been my understanding that it had a 60s Slim Taper neck. I bought it used and that's what the hang-tag in the shop said.
I decided to take some measurements of my 335 neck with a caliper. It measured 1st fret .816”, 5th fret .853”, 12th fret .891. I recently came across the following Gibson forum post that contained a chart with all of the Gibson neck profiles and sizes: https://forum.gibson.com/topic/130096-slim-taper-neck-what-exactly-does-that-mean/
I'm beginning to wonder if my 335 doesn't really have what the chart calls a 60s-Style "Oval" "C" Shape rather than the presumed "Slim Taper." I modeled the shape of the neck at the first fret with a piece of wire to get a good look at the profile and taper of the shoulders. Sure enough, the shoulders are much more rounded (like the 60s-style Oval) than the drawing shows of a 60s Slim Taper.
So, it possible that my 2012 ES-335 has the Oval C shape and not the Slim Taper? Does anyone know if 335s were being produced with the Oval C in 2012? The reason I care so much is that I'm currently shopping for an ES-175, and I'd like to find one that has a similar neck profile. No two Gibson guitar necks are the same, I know, especially across models, but I'd like to get in the ballpark. For example, I recently played a 59 VOS Reissue that felt a little thicker than my 335, but not by much, and it was very comfortable.
Thanks much for the help.