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Is "Baseball Bat" an official description?

 

I need something to grab on to, thin necks make my hand cramp up. You know that muscle that runs down the back of your hand between the thumb and forefinger... that's the one.

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The Charvel however has a shredders neck' date=' thin and flat. I like that too, but I do find

my hand tires quicker.[/quote']

 

I find that quite odd.

 

Tires in what way, deepblue?

 

When I tried out various R8's, 9's and 0's I played one R8 that had a particularly thick neck - even when compared to other R8's; it was like cradling half a drain-pipe! A few minutes of that one and I had hand-cramps on the inner side of my thumb.

 

Even regular R9's felt too thick to be comfortable for extended play, but I've been told that you get used to it.

 

I suspect most of the problem with me is that I have a bit of an odd left-hand technique. That's what comes with being self-taught, I guess; never learned the proper way!

 

My R0 is half-way between my 1991 Classic (which has a very shallow profile) and what seemed to be the norm for an R9. It's the most comfy for me although the frets are a bit high and square. I wouldn't make the mistake of calling it a 'Fretless Wonder', that's for sure!

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When it comes to neck shapes/sizes, I'm like the princess and the pea. I gravitated towards Leo Fender era G&L guitars mostly because the ones I played had rather thin "C" shaped necks. After playing them for a couple of years, I had a neck replaced at the factory. The neck they replaced my thin "C" shaped neck with was a thick "baseball-bat-ish" neck. It hurt my wrist to play it for very long. I could never get comfortable with that thick neck and ended up selling the guitar. Fortunately, I saved the old neck, which wasn't unusable, and put in on a put-together ASAT III that is one of my favorite guitars today. I have another, later BBE-era G&L, that also gets my wrist hurting. My Epi Casino ('95 Peerless) has a very small, and comfortable "C" shape neck. However, due to the way I have to hold my wrist (fingernail/fingertip attachment problem that can't be rectified by "just cutting my nail") when playing, I have a hard time fitting my fingers well into frets on open chords. I had the same problem with a 330 Rickenbacker that I had. Like I said, the princess and the pea.

My first Les Paul ('74 Deluxe/Std. HB's) purchased from an online auction two weeks ago, has a mahogany neck that would have my first instinct being to run away because it's a bit thicker than my G&L's. However, after starting to play it a lot, I've found that it's very comfortable for me, and my wrist hasn't hurt at all. I'm also finding that open chords that were hard for me to get clean fretting on, are easier due to the short scale neck. With newer, taller frets, I'd be in (Ma)hog heaven. This will happen soon.

The long and short of it is that I generally prefer smaller "C" shaped necks on my guitars.

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I find that quite odd.

 

Tires in what way, deepblue?

 

Pippy, maybe its because I attempt to do different things on the Charvel, such as fast runs or licks.

I mean after all it is a Metal style guitar....but after a half hour or so I get hand fatigue that I dont get

when I play my Gibson. A friend says it was to do with the slimmer neck and the design doesnt allow

your palm area to spread out as much.

 

deepblue - Eric Clapton uses a soft V neck, at least that's what all his signature models have.

 

Drizz, that neck graphic is old. The original Claptons did indeed have a sharp V.

I checked one out many years ago and found it very odd.

 

The newer Claptons do as you say, have the softer V

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Pippy' date=' maybe its because I attempt to do different things on the Charvel, such as fast runs or licks.[/quote']

 

You haven't heard the old adage about 'Old Dogs and New Tricks'? LOL!

 

I know what you mean, though. I often find myself playing a different set of tracks when I use my '91 instead of my R0.

 

Clearly different songs suit different LP's. I'll have to tell the wife I need more of them!

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I like a thicker neck as well. My R9 is a serious plank of wood. So is my SRV neck.

The Charvel however has a shredders neck' date=' thin and flat. I like that too, but I do find

my hand tires quicker.

 

[img']http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c231/Toronto_Ontario/NeckProfiles.jpg[/img]

 

dude i love that picture!!!! i'd LOVE to try the 57 "clapton" neck!!!

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I prefer the 50's neck too' date=' the baseball bat that is.

deepblue - Eric Clapton uses a soft V neck, at least that's what all his signature models have.[/quote']

 

his most famous strat "Blackie" was a partscaster that he made and the neck he used was a "hard V" shape from a '57. the signature model is YET ANOTHER strat he actually ordered from fender...i believe he actually ordered six, which are the 6 finishes u can get with that signature model. that signature model has the "soft V" neck..

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I've got a wide variety of necks in my collection and I've got no problems playing any of them. My favorite would be like the 60s Gibson type. Next is the "baseball bat", and then the shredder type with a C shape and compound radius (like 12 to 16).

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I like the 60's slim tapper and than the 59. I have 2 R0's ,the 356 and the 05 faded with a 60's silm. I have to ajust to the 59, that takes about 30 minutes. I find if i play it every other day, it takes les time to ajust to. But the tone that comes from the 59 neck is better, so it worth the hassle of getting ajusted to it.

 

My Gear :-)

 

‘10 LP R0 50th Anniversary Version 3 1/500 (Cherry Burst)

‘09 LP R9 50th Anniversary (Heritage Dark Burst) 1/500, Bought 4-2010 new

‘10 PRS 25th Anniversary Santana Model ,10Top / Santana Yellow

‘09 LP R9 50th. Anniversary 1 of 59 (Rust Burst)

‘09 LP R0 Standard Ebony VOS

‘09 “Wildwood” CS - 356 Quilted maple & Korina

‘05 Les Paul Standard Faded T.B.

‘08 50th comm.edition, G.O.M. Flying V

‘08 July G.O.M. Longhorn Double Cut BV (Trans Blue)

‘08 Firebird VII (metallic red)

‘08 Fender Stratocaster ‘70’s reissue (black / rosewood neck)(Fat‘50’s pups)

‘08 Fender Stratocaster ‘70’s reissue (natural / maple neck)

1999 MIM Fender Stratocaster ’70’s reissue (white / maple neck)(‘69 pups)

1987 Japan Squier by Fender, Stratocaster (white / maple neck)

1986 Ovation Model # 1767-Legend

‘08 Marshall JVM 210H - 1960 AX Cabinet

‘10 Fender Blues Deluxe reissue

And some pedals

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