Did the modern C get chunkier over time ?

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  1. edsdds

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    So I bought a used 2008 American Strat and I love the shape of the neck. This is the type of American neck I remember having on older early 2000 American strats. However, I had a 2016 a while ago and the neck seemed thicker and also wider.

    Anyone else notice this?

    Here is the one I got. 08 in Candy Cola IMG_0285.JPG
     
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  2. Strat-Slinger

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    I've wondered about this too... it does seem that the later year "Modern C" profile necks have more "chunk" to them... The "shoulder" is a bit wider or something...
     
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    beautiful strat! looks exactly like mine ;)
     
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    I’m also wondering because I might want to switch the body to a different color and would the heel then no fit on a MIM or American special or similar ?
     
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    Heels are the same for any FMIC Stratocaster.
     
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    When I played recent models I recall that it did feel like they left a bit more wood on those necks.

    Oh!..and yes, that Strat looks stunning! Congrats.
     
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    THAT COLOR!!!!!
     
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    is that midnight wine?
     
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    That's a beautiful guitar! I have a 2008 Sienna Sunburst, was going to get the Candy Cola until I saw a photo of the Sienna.
     
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    it’s Candy Cola.
     
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  11. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue All roads lead to P90 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    There are two modern C profiles that Fender used, one is thin C and the other is medium C which you see in the chart exactly how much more mass the difference is. Medium C has more shoulder.

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    I don't think there was a conscious decision to make the fatter during the run of the last American Standards (2008-2016) but more that it's just who was working on necks at any given time. They all vary due to hand sanding after the blank comes off the CNC. I think there was a conscious effort to make them fatter during the early 1990s - some of the earliest American Standards (late 1986-89) can be pretty thin. And of course they added even more shoulder to the current American Professional necks (and a bit more depth at the 12th fret).
     
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    I purchased (new) a 2014 American Standard and the neck was D shaped. I.e. it had pronounced shoulders. First neck thickness of 0.834 and 12th fret 0.886. The D shaped made the neck feel thick and uncomfy even though the overall thickness was classic Fender C profile. I sold the guitar due to the "weird" D profile.
     
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    Now that this has been brought to my attention, never noticed it before, my 2009 Squire is slightly thicker than my 2002 Fender, actually measured them, must be honest I never felt the difference before, but now since I am aware of it I can really feel the difference. Amazing what a few facts can do ........
     
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    @guitarmaggedon, according to your excellent chart above, do you know which would be a 2001/2 Mex standard and a 2009 bullet ?
     
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    I would say yes based on my experience. I guess it’s like the changes between the fifties and sixties profiles which was probably more gradual and less planned than hindsight would suggest. No doubt the trend will change and we’ll be back to spaghetti necks in the 2020...
     
  18. Guy Named Sue

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    Sorry I don't have the numbers on Mexico built versus Squier.