Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Herndon, VA
ME: Jackson Soloist
Rig: Fractal Audio Axe-FX II
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Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Laramie, Wyoming
ME: Jackson AT Pro
Rig: Rivera K Tre
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As long as it jives well with the radius of the fretboard it's good. For rounder radiae you don't want something super flat or slim neck carve wise. On traditional Gibson radius makes a baseball bat style thing works well.
I tend to prefer bulkier necks as time goes on too, since that's where a lot of the tone comes from. I have a lot of really shreddy Jackson/Charvel carves I play and love, but my main one is a huge Gibson neck.
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Jersey
ME: Fender Telecasters
MA: Emerald X20 Artisan
MB: STR LS-648
Rig: Mk IVa / Hartke HyDrive 2
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For me the neck IS the guitar. If I get along with the neck chances are I'll like the guitar, whether it's a boat neck Tele or a Jem or a 6 string bass. You play the neck.
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Boston, MA
ME: Suhr Modern
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I'm also finding that it's easier playing above the 12th fret on a 27" neck with my fat little fingers. So there's that
The whole "every major brand is turning into each other" reminds me of an infographic I saw of SUV's from every major brand: they basically all look the same. Even the ones that don't necessarily look similar when you see the colours, they're the same. Perhaps this is spilling into guitar building as well. (note the year too https://medium.com/swlh/the-zombie-mobile-b03932ac971d)
[early-ish AM philosphy] I wonder if North America is just getting further from enjoying inidivualism/unique things[/philosophy]. Wouldn't be surprised if that's been the case for a while *side-eyes remakes*.
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Somerville, Ma
ME: Suhr Modern 7
MA: Martin MC16-GTE
MB: Squier 5 string P-bass
Rig: Mark V
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I never got the appeal of dot-less blank fretboards, and I've never minded dots. They're utilitarian, but functional. I'm I can tell the difference between a rosewood and maple fretboard in both tone and feel in a blindfolded test, as well, and while they both have their merits I do prefer maple.
Beyond that, I mostly just want glorified Strats with a modern Strat thickness neck anyway.
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Join Date: Nov 2013
ME: Ibanez RGD Prestige
MB: LTD Surveyor
Rig: Diezel Einstein
iTrader: 2 (100%)
I think there's a bit of both going on in different situations.
Let's take neck-thru construction as an example. There's a hell of a load of bickering about tone etc when construction methods are concerned.
In some cases, people prefer neck-thru because they feel that it has better resonance due to the increased surface contact, compared to bolt on/set necks. However, on the flipside, neck-thrus are a pain in the arse to build. Therefore, they're considerably more expensive and made less because why would you put all that extra effort in for no premium, right? From there I guess the prestige/rarity effect comes in. Just human nature, I suppose.
Same dealio for a lot of the features mentioned here- price = prestige = desire, often.
In regards to fretboard wood, I can only really speak for myself here. I'm on the waiting list for a luthier, who's going to start building my guitar this year. Ebony has been on the spec from day 1 because although I find rosewood really comfortable, I just prefer the darker, more contrasting aesthetic element of ebony, especially with some streaks. The aesthetic aspect is actually the reason I used black rocklite on this V build I started and abandoned a few years ago. I just wanted something black, but grain was no biggie.
Different reasons for different people, I guess.
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