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  1. creeseyspoon1

    creeseyspoon1 Strat-Talker

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    Having spent a year looking out for one on line and in store, I finally came across a 1990 plus sunburst / maple fretboard in store.

    I was surprised at how heavy it was and, more importantly, how the neck was fatter than I thought it would be from reading reviews.

    Too big for my small hands I'm afraid so I'll stop the search with disappointment. (I have a ST62 MIJ from 1994 and the neck is super slim.)

    Guessing they're the same through the years, right?

    Shame as, but for the fat neck, I would have snapped it up.


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  2. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Interesting. I've got small hands and prefer larger necks. I've had a number of Strat Plus guitars and none of them had large necks. Not super slim either but definitely regular Fender C type.
     
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  3. John C

    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Fenders necks have always been inconsistent - there is some level of hand shaping after they come off the CNCs - but back then they were more inconsistent than they are now. They fall within the general range of "Modern C" but some turn up fairly fat, some turn up fairly thin.

    One thing I found with Fender necks from that era is that while still a "C" shape they tend to have a bit more shoulder/a bit "flatter" C - than the necks from the 2008-2016 run (I think Fender must have tweaked the CNC programming a bit for the 2008 revision of the American Stanadards), but again that varied more from neck-to-neck in that ear than it does these days.

    It's a subtle thing - I noticed it because I never really bonded with the neck shape until I played some of the 2008-2016 American standards, and they certainly don't have the thicker shoulder that you find on the current American Professional "Deep C" neck shape.
     
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  4. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Strat-O-Master

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    My 93 doesn’t seem to have any extra fatness to it. It’s one of the best strat necks I have experienced.
     
  5. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a '97 Plus. I have smallish hands and have never had a problem with the neck. In fact, I agree with @AngelDeVille that my Plus has a wonderful neck. I'd encourage you to:

    (A) try a few others first before you give up the search, or
    (B) "Plus-ify" a Strat that has a neck you do like. Sorry, I don't know the exchange rate or the market differences, but you can buy a pickguard loaded with Lace Sensors for $215 USD and a Fender LSR nut for $30.
     
  6. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I had a 1989 Strat Plus Deluxe and the neck was slim, almost like an Ibanez.
     
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  7. creeseyspoon1

    creeseyspoon1 Strat-Talker

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. This neck felt like from the 70s and felt the same weight!! Certainly genuine but a complete surprise. I'll see if they have a link...

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  8. creeseyspoon1

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    No so enlightening but this was it. No link unfortunately.[​IMG]

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  9. AngelDeVille

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    damm, I need to sell mine if they go for that much!
     
  10. 4ndymoz

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    I paid £950 for one about a year back and it was heavy although the neck seemed ok to me. Not fat bit certainly no thin like a Fullerton AVRI . sold it for £900 too.
    keep up the search
     
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    Don’t give up hope.. I hope that if you keep your eyes open you’ll find one with the right feel for you!
     
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  12. AngelDeVille

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    those prices seem to be more realistic
     
  13. 4ndymoz

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    Rarer colours fetch more I guess. There was one in uk for £1250. It was the graffiti yellow deluxe so I guess it’s about the right price .
     
  14. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    They don't.

    I bought mine less than a year ago for $600 including a very nice HSC and thought I stole it. I tried to sell it earlier this fall for more but only got $730, I had then replaced the tuners as two of the original thumb wheels were missing, so I ended up break even.

    The new owner obviously bought it to make a profit, he listed it for $930 a month ago and it was relisted today, still unsold.
     
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    Same here I like a thin neck , I’m not sure what Fender neck is the thinnest, but it’s what I need for the thumb over stuff.
     
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    That "fat neck" on my '95 Strat Plus is just superb.
    Best feeling and playing neck of all my electrics.
    Heavy? Not as heavy as my Lester, though.
     
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  17. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have Strat Pluses with big necks and small necks
     
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    bbarott Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have an '88 Plus Deluxe and it's the same way. Almost what I would call a 'D' profile
     
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  19. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Exactly!
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

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    I have both an '89 and a 91 Strat Plus. Neither have fat necks. In fact, I consider them to be a soft D profile and rather slim.
     
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