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What is the neck like on an Explorer?


metalheart93

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Neck comfort is extremely important. Even with it being out of the way for you, I would try it out first.

Unless you're an Ibanez guy that is used to those very thin necks, I think you will find an explorer neck comfortable to play,

but it is best to try before you buy.

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I think I played the thickest neck I've seen yet on a Gibson yesterday, on a Joe Perry signature LP at Guitar Center, way thicker than the 50's neck on any of my LP's by far, most noticeably by the nut. I think it may been a bit much; by comparison, I find the Explorer neck to be quite comfortable and thinner than my LP's or SG's. It does feel similar to the neck on my Faded Flying V, I think they called it a 60's hybrid profile if I remember right.

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My Explorer E2 has what I would call a "medium" neck, it's definately not 50's LP thick, but has kind of the same roundness to it. I tried out a '76 reissue in a shop last week and that was definately much much thicker, more akin to the 50's neck. However, as far as I know, the necks are hand sanded, so each neck even on the same model will feel different... they're not super-cheap so I'd say the trip to a guitar shop to try them out before purchase is definitely worth it..

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