Neck Size and Comfort!
One of the most important aspects of playing any instrument is comfort – and with every unique person, there is a unique instrument waiting. In this article we will discuss the basics of choosing the right Neck and comfort issues you will face.
The term “neck profile” refers to the shape of the back of a guitar neck in cross section, and it’s often used interchangeably with the term “back shape.” You can also refer to it simply as “neck shape”.* Because there are so many different types of necks and variables within – making some almost indistinguishable, this blog will be focusing on Fender & Gibson systems, which provide much of the inspiration for most other brands and will keep everything simple!
- C-Shaped/60’s-style Oval neck profiles provide a comfortable oval profile that will fit most styles of play. A universal favourite and a gold standard for absolute hand and neck comfort. Check out 60’s-style Slim-Taper neck profiles for even speedier playing.
- D-Shaped neck profiles are a modern design, very similar to C-shaped necks with a bit of a flatter back. With variations ranging from a Flat Oval D shape to more deep and Rounded, 50’s style D shapes.
- V-Shaped/Early 50’s “V Shape” neck profiles provide a comfortable shape for those that prefer their thumb hanging over the edge of the fingerboard. V-Shaped necks come in two variants a more rounded “soft” V, and a more pointed V preferred by “old-school“ styles of play – sometimes referred to as a Mid-50’s “Hard V”.
- U-Shaped/Early 50’s “U Shape” neck profiles feature a chunkier, rounded profile with high shoulders. Oftem referred to as a “baseball bat” neck, great for players with larger hands that prefer their thumb on the back or side of the neck.
- Asymmetrical neck profiles are designed to be the best of all words, slim where it counts and fat when you need to grab on for dear life!
- Classical neck profiles are generally wide and flat – which can provide the support and positioning for correct hand and finger placement - but not great to rock out on!
Legendary Blues Rock guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughn famously used 60s Style Oval C necks, providing a great grip for his immense Texan hands, which could easily wrap around for complete control!While this can be a confusing subject, it doesn’t need to be. With this handy above you now know how to decipher many of the terms used to describe neck sizing – don’t hesitate to ask our staff about the best neck for your needs – and which guitars to find them on!
*Jeff Owens, fender.com