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    Floyd Rose/Floating Trem and a Chunky neck?

    Looking for suggestions on guitars that have a Floyd Rose and a thicker neck. I really prefer my Gibson necks over anything else, but it seems to be quite difficult to find something with a similar neck profile that also has an FR on it, while being under $1k. I've looked at the FRX systems, but most of the reviews scare the crap out of me, and I think they are pretty ugly looking. A Jackson PC1 would be great, but they are way too much money. Is there anything out that that I'm missing?

    My favorite guitars right now are my '94 and '98 SGs, which have necks between the 50s and 60s profile. I'd prefer 24.75" scale but it's not a requirement, nor do I care if it is set neck/bolt on/neck thru.
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    The neck on the Charvel SoCals is the right level of beefy, IMO - not too thick, but a nice shape and not paper-thin. The Gibson '60s neck isn't a bad comparison, though I think the nut is wider.

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    Oh, and Noodles has an FRX on his Studio, and I wouldn't hesitate to add one if I needed to - they work really well and sound good.

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    ESP has several varieties of Eclipses with Floyds and necks that are sort of "thin side of Gibson".

    The LTD-1000FR is the basic one that would meet your needs, and typically they sell used for about $500. These have 24 frets. I don't like the ergonomics on the 24-fret ECs, but that's just my own preference.

    The Gary Holt model (GH-600) is a nicer 22-fret version that you could score used for under $1000. https://www.espguitars.com/products/13424-gh-600

    There's now a Floyd version of the Alex Skolnick sig model, the AS-1FR, that looks very nice and is full LP thickness. You'd need to find a used one to get under $1000, though. https://www.espguitars.com/products/...1fr-fm-blkaqsb

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    I should have mentioned that I've owned a few Charvels (both were So-Cals) and the neck is too thin for me... it must have to do with how I play, but after a few weeks of playing a guitar with a thinner neck, I end up with shooting pains from my elbow to my wrist. That's never happened with the Gibsons for me, so for the most part I have stuck with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Oh, and Noodles has an FRX on his Studio, and I wouldn't hesitate to add one if I needed to - they work really well and sound good.
    Maybe I will have to look into them again. I'm not crazy about drilling a couple holes into the headstock of a Gibson for the locking nut. They already have enough problems with them.

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    The last time I had a Schecter C1, I really felt the neck was Gibson-like in profile. I'd imagine something like this may work well for you?

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...se-gloss-white

    Or any one of these if you can find them:
    https://www.schecterguitars.com/vaul...-c-1-fr-detail
    https://www.schecterguitars.com/vaul...-c-1-fr-detail
    https://www.schecterguitars.com/vaul...r-s-273-detail

    Those details say the neck profile is a "Thin C", but I think that is definitely thicker than a "Thick D" (lol), which would be most Ibanez necks that already aren't paper-thin Wizards. Worth trying out, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Oh, and Noodles has an FRX on his Studio, and I wouldn't hesitate to add one if I needed to - they work really well and sound good.
    I took a chance on being an early adopter. I was on the pre-order list, and it showed up in a plain cardboard box, since it was so new. It installed easily and works flawlessly. The only niggle I have is strings that occasionally bind in the nut, which is literally the reason the original locking nut exists. I think I'm going to have a tech replace the nut and stringlock combo with an actual locking nut.
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