Chunky necked Fenders

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  1. Red Bread

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    So I have a good friend who prefers a Gibson style neck,,,or I should say chunky’r C or slight V style neck
    Well he’s got an itch after all these years to pick up a Strat but is try’n to find one with little more meat on it then I prefer
    Chunkiest I own is my Baja Teley
    I was thinking fat head style something with a little back to it
    But there’s so many different neck and model variation with Fender I figured I’d throw out the question here see what ya all think
    What model or years get thick on the necks?
     
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    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    The original Jeff Beck signature strat had a baseball bat neck. Fattest neck I've ever played on a strat. I've heard that Fender slimmed it down a bit in the mid nineties but it still may be quite chunky compared to a standard strat.
     
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    Mr C Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    The mid c on my custom shop 66 is very much like a 60’s les Paul profile.

    The av64 tele I have as a pretty chunky neck too.. at least compared to modern Fenders
     
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    The Robert Cray is on the chunkier side, but not a big neck. There's always the option to buy a loaded body and then add a warmoth or musikraft neck. The warmoth 59 roundback is a great profile for gibson fans. He could a conversion neck to stick with the Gibson scale length.
     
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    Always heard the Mayer / SRV has a big neck but haven't held one myself.
     
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    Which Gibson neck? The 59 style is big and fat whereas most of gone 60’s are much slimmer more like the Fender C. I prefer fat 59 style and love my EJ neck (a fat soft V) and my Am Original 50’s Tele which is a big fat U shape.
     
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    The EJ has a feel similar to a '59 Les Paul Reissue. Very stable neck, and very comfortable to play. You could probably bludgeon someone to death with one and it would still be in tune.
     
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  9. Red Bread

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    I’d have to say I think he prefers a flatter fret board and a deeper C or you could say soft V
    At lest that’s what I get from his guitars
    For me Gibson’s tend to have flatter boards compared to Fender
    Wider string spaces
    If that makes since to you
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    My AV52 Tele has the thickest neck of any guitar I’ve ever owned. Dunno if the current AMerican Originals are similar.
     
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    Mid 90s MIJ ST54. Huge soft V. :D
     
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    Yep. A 10/56 neck shape found on a lot of CS guitars is a bigger neck that’s very comfortable.
     
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    Your description fits exactly my '89 MIJ ST-57.
     
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    That is the EJ neck, fat soft V and 12 inch radius just like a Gibson.

    Yep same neck. I bought one two weeks ago, same fat U neck as the AV52 had.
     
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    I had an original Jeff Beck strat, and the neck was thick. It was in that metallic purple and this guy in this band just had to have it because it was, as far as I know; the only one that made it to Albuquerque. I sold it to him for $300 over what I paid for it. To this day I lament selling it. 99c8ec6a1ef39ef819d14593589c53c8.jpg
    It was exactly the same as the one in this pic. That color Jeff Beck models, now being the most money if resold.
    Hindsight is 20-20
     
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    those kenny wayne shepherd strats have excellent larger necks.

    The SRV obviously has a larger neck but its also double the price
     
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    The MIM Classic Player 50s Stratocaster has a 10/56 neck. IMO its like a Baja 50s Telecaster neck, but slightly smaller. It's still a fattish soft V profile.
     
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    My AO 50s Strat has a fat deep neck. Also comes with a 9.5 radius fingerboard. I'm mostly a vintage style guy, but I love that AO! :thumb:
     
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    Yes, the American Original '50s Tele should have the same neck shape as the AV '52 Tele - except of course the American Original has the 9.5" radius and the larger frets.

    And the AO '50s Strat should be the same neck shape (except for the radius and frets) as the AV '56 Strat - which of course is a variation of that 10/56 "Soft V" neck.
     
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    My ST54 is as fat at the first fret as my CP50s at the 12th.