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Any Epiphone guitars with thicker necks?

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Are you talking new or used? There seems to be a lot of variability in the necks regardless of description, so it would be best to try out in person. My Epi ES-355 has the thickest neck of any guitar I have ever played (including Gibson 50's neck LPs), but was advertised as 60's slim taper.

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The Dot Deluxe has an awesome fat D profile neck. So not wide from fret to hand, but quite big from E to E, surprisingly comfortable and great for lead.

 

I have small hands too but prefer this chunkier feel than the necks on my Casino and Riviera...

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It seems they all have the '60s slim taper profile. Are there any models that feature a thicker neck?

 

 

I have a '97 LP Jr. P-90, neck is reasonably fat but comfy to play.

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the dot and sheraton have thick necks unplayable to me

 

*Fixed that for you.

 

Tons of players love Epiphone Dots, and lots of famous guitarists in popular bands use the Epi Sheraton.

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the dot and sheraton have unplayable thick necks

These models have varied significantly over the years.

Korean Sheratons & Dots generally have smaller necks.

 

FWIW, the 2011 50th Anniversary '61 Casino neck is slightly chunky.

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While my MIK 2003 Epi Regent and MIK 1995 Joe Pass have pretty much the 60s neck like on my Gibson Les Paul, my MIK 2004 Sheraton has a much fatter neck.

It feels quite different than the rest of my guitars

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Another significant factor was that four factories in Korea were pumping out Epiphones (Samick, Saein, Peerless, & Unsung), adding to the likelihood of variations between examples of the same model.

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My 3 Riviera P93's have "thick", as well as "wide" necks. Larger than a standard Strat and LP.mellow.gif

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Not sure if the Dot Studio neck is the same as the other Dots, but even though it's listed as "60s Slim Taper" in a lot of the literature I've seen, my Dot Studio has the thickest neck of any guitar I own. Very comfortable for chording.

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I'm relearning to play after 20 yrs of not playing. And for a new guitar I chose an Epi G400 SG. But as I practiced I had a really hard time making chords. I blamed the arthritis.

 

Well, last week I was in a music store and I picked up a real SG, as was made by Gibson, and I discovered the cause of my problem: My Epi's neck is shaped like a baseball bat. My fingers weren't going to the right places because the right places had changed.

 

I first learned to play on an olde Epi archtop hollowbody back in the 60's & it's neck was fine. What happened?

 

(Getting to the point:) I've decided to return the other Epi I've ordered (a beautiful yellow JR) because I'm looking for a Gibson instead. Is there any way to get the flat neck on an Epiphone? (The guy in the music store said they could switch necks, but it would cost more than the guitar was worth. Aaarg!)

 

I've noticed others that disliked this neck ... Is it new? Is it cheaper for the makers to produce this neck? Is this Gibson's way of leveling the playing field? I don't get it. --Thanks, Don

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It has been my experience, that, to me, guitars are like women, they are even shaped a bit sosmile.gif. You find one, it may not be OK at first sight but after a while OK, or OK for a while but after a while not OK, or OK a lifetime, or not OK at all.msp_rolleyes.gif It may be ugly, but the best player you ever strummed, or beautiful, but unplayable or vice versa. Depends on the player, and the guitar.msp_smile.gif

 

 

Having said the above, this ES 355 has a wide, as well as thick neck.

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I'm relearning to play after 20 yrs of not playing. And for a new guitar I chose an Epi G400 SG. But as I practiced I had a really hard time making chords. I blamed the arthritis.

 

Well, last week I was in a music store and I picked up a real SG, as was made by Gibson, and I discovered the cause of my problem: My Epi's neck is shaped like a baseball bat. My fingers weren't going to the right places because the right places had changed.

 

I first learned to play on an olde Epi archtop hollowbody back in the 60's & it's neck was fine. What happened?

 

(Getting to the point:) I've decided to return the other Epi I've ordered (a beautiful yellow JR) because I'm looking for a Gibson instead. Is there any way to get the flat neck on an Epiphone? (The guy in the music store said they could switch necks, but it would cost more than the guitar was worth. Aaarg!)

 

I've noticed others that disliked this neck ... Is it new? Is it cheaper for the makers to produce this neck? Is this Gibson's way of leveling the playing field? I don't get it. --Thanks, Don

 

You're not really looking for a Gibson, you're looking for a guitar with a neck similar to the one on one Gibson you liked. There are plenty of Gibson SGs etc through the years that would have necks you'd hate, and a few just like the one you played the other day. I'd go to the music store and look for other guitars with a similar neck profileand see if anything shaped the way you like that also sound good and seem well built etc. There may well be an Epiphone. Yamaha, Squire, Fender American or Gibson etc that really speaks to you with a neck you find comfy. I love the 60s slim taper D neck on my Epi SG.

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