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62 necks what was special about them?

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  1. diverse379

    diverse379 Strat-O-Master

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    10:45 you hear him speak about it

    I recently heard an interview with one of the builders at fender’s custom shop.
    He spoke about many things, such as how they relic, but in particular he mentioned the 63’ strat necks

    He said they were very special they felt better than other years.

    I am wondering if there was a guy there at the plant in 63’ who had his own knack of tooling the machines and did a little
    Something extra.

    I just can’t explain why it’s just that year.

    Does anyone here have a 63’strat?
    And can attest to there being something
    Different?
     
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    I bet he says yes;)
     
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    What’s “best” for one person may not be the best for another.

    That said, my guitars are the best. Period. End of story...



     
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    It comes down to the players preference.

    The necks were hand shaped back then also so they can vary from neck to neck.
    My 62 and the few others I have played have a nice strong taper going down the neck. Nice and skinny at the first few frets getting fatter at the 12th.

    I have a custom shop 60 strat that is pretty close to my 62 neck.

    The neck on my 62 measures.
    .780 @ 1st .970 @ 12th
     
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    Exactly.

    IMO the neck shape, size, contour, feel, radius, finish, frets, (etc) is probably the main thing pertaining to a guitar feeling right.

    Especially on a Stratocaster, where all the bodies are basically the same.

    And neck specifications are probably one of the most subjective considerations.

    Nothing special about a 62 neck. Unless it is special to the player.

    Some may hate them.

    And anyways, back then they were all hand sanded and shaped, so which 62 neck are we referring to?
     
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    interview with a CS builder then...
     
  7. diverse379

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    It was a Sweetwater custom shop builder interview

    I think I got my answer
    From one of the posters
    Who spoke on the shaping of the neck.

    I do get that it’s is subjective

    But the subjective opinion of someone who has worked in the custom shop ranks pretty high to me.
    To me I said not to anyone of you.

    I’m looking at the fact that he has played and touched thousands of guitars in his life time.

    That’s all they do at the custom shop is touch critique and analyze guitars

    So if he said something is special
    I believe him and simply wanted some insight into what it may have been and why it was so.

    Don’t think for one minute that this builder hasn’t shared this thought about the 62’ necks with other builders and fender colleagues at the custom shop.

    I am sure if there was nothing special he wouldn’t have uttered the sentiment on
    Video.

    But to each his own
    I just love getting to the kernel of a thing
     
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    If they were so great, (other than CS) why don't they make them anymore?
     
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    Only if you like exactly what he does when it comes to necks. Right?

    The Custom shop builder may have totally different size hands and fingers. And then there is style of play, and style of music.

    Not trying to be argumentative, it's just I think it is as personal of an opinion as you can get when it comes to necks.

    Just because a Master Builder from the Custom Shop says it, it clearly doesn't make it the gospel for you or I personally who are going to actually play a certain neck.

    He is him, and you are you. ;)
     
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    The nicest neck I ever played is on my 1977 strat. I've never tried a - 62 and am not likely to ever do so.
     
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  11. diverse379

    diverse379 Strat-O-Master

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    10:45 he mentions it
    My apologies it’s 63’
    Not 62’

     
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    Anyway if you are interested watch the video
     
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    I see an inability to just be objective.

    I know many of you think that you are being objective
    But Some
    Of you are so objective that you are subjective with your objectivity.

    Your opinion shouldn’t matter when looking for truth
    But uncovering the whys of a statement.

    I always assume there is validity to a statement without believing it
    Or taking it as gospel
    While at the same time seeing what factors exist that give the statement merit.

    The only opinion I walk into the situation with is
    This may have merit let’s find out if it holds water

    I recognize that
    If my perception. Is a deception
    My conclusion will be an illusion

    So I allow myself to embody others perceptions without polluting the water with my own.

    If I’m searching for truth
    That is
     
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    I'm not sure if you're referring to this video...



    ...but if so, Dennis Galuszka mentioned "his" favorite was/is the '63 style neck. While, for the most part, still similar it wasn't exactly like a "typical" '62 neck. As others have indicated, it's hard to isolate specific neck profiles from the 50s & 60s as they were hand carved. Granted, there is typically a size and profile that we attribute to certain years/decades (e.g. 60s style necks were usually thinner, 50s style necks were usually thicker) but still there were a lot of variances back then. I've seen/played '57 V necks, usually considered fairly large, that were much smaller and one 60s neck that was huge.

    Generally speaking though, the '62 necks were thin at the nut and didn't have as much taper as other necks. You'll usually find them around .800" - .930" taper range. Fender's "60 Oval C" shape is meant to mirror this neck. I had the opportunity to play an original '62 Strat a few months ago and I couldn't tell the difference between that neck and the one on my '60s style Custom Shop with a 60s Oval C shape neck. They felt identical to me.

    The '63 neck, while also a C shape, has a lot more taper than a '62/60s Oval C. It can range from around .800" at the nut to close to a full inch at the 12th fret. Again it will vary.

    There's nothing inherently "magical" about these necks. It only becomes magical to the person who loves how that specific type of neck feels.
     
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    Is this about comparing to your California Series and claiming it's like a 1962 or 1963 Strat neck?
     
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    You are trying way too hard. Seriously.
     
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    Because there is absolutrly zero, zip, no merit to the statement that 1963 a neck or any other neck is superior. It is at best someone's subjective opinion. There is not one universal neck that fits all players, that's the very reason they make guitars with different neck profiles and the same reason different players prefer different guitars.

    There is no truth to be found here.

    There is validity to the statement in that the one who made it has a subjective preference for - 63 necks.

    The opinion in question has merit only to the one who holds it because it's not fact based. It is... Wait for it... A subjective opinion!

    Not accepting an opinion as fact doesn't mean that it is rejected or holds less merit. It is what it is, an opinion.
     
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    He still wins. He typed more words.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I should have posted it twice.
     
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    Marketing and or one guys preferences.
     
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