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Old 05-29-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Which Gibson neck profile do YOU prefer?

I've wanted a Gibson SG since I can remember... and may come up with a grand or so in the next couple weeks... so the hunt begins. I've been looking at the tribute guitars online. I know I want 24 frets but not sure of neck profiles. I've played a few Gibsons in the past, but never asked "hey what neck profile is this?" I'm between the 70's tribute with a 70s profile, and the future tribute with an asymetrical neck profile. I play mostly progressive metal and tend to tune low.

I'll play before I buy, but to the Gibson owners/players out there, I'm curious which neck do YOU prefer and why?

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Old 05-29-2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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Flying V profile because it's perfect.

Only Explorers and V's have it.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:27 PM   #3
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The one on the 2013 Standard.

60s style, compound radius.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:33 PM   #4
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I like fatty pig fatty baseball 50s style, mostly because I'm a rhythm player. If I played leads more often I'd probably like 60s SG profiles more.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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50's necks all the way. Just feels comfortable to me and IMO adds tone.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:49 PM   #6
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50's necks all the way. Just feels comfortable to me and IMO adds tone.

joe b agrees.


i prefer 60s necks.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:52 PM   #7
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Flying V profile because it's perfect.

Only Explorers and V's have it.


Exactly! though i don´t play gibsons. i got a vgs custom shop traditional ´58 V
modeled close to a gibson, perfect neck to body balance, smooth as hell.

My VGS eruption (LP) has a thick 50`style mahogany neck with a german oak fretboard
(that thing almost made me homeless)

Neck profile depends on your preference, i like fat neck´s on super heavy solid bodys.
but lots of people prefere flat d shaped rubber bandish neck´s, because they offer easier fret access on the upper neck.

Go for rounded (´50s) C shape for thick sustainy notes, modern flat D for easy finger
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:09 PM   #8
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60's for me.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:27 PM   #9
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I really liked the profile on a VOS 58 i played once.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:35 PM   #10
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Flying V profile because it's perfect.

Only Explorers and V's have it.


Gibson Explorer owner checking in! The Hybrid neck is bloody sexy for when you just want to molest the hell out of your guitar, but lately I have been finding the more vintage 50s style neck on my Traditional nicer for chord work. Hadn't played my Explorer in about a month, when I picked it up the other day I forgot just how fast the neck really was.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:43 PM   #11
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50's necks all the way. Just feels comfortable to me and IMO adds tone.

How does a neck profile change the tone (unless you're talking about the neck feeling more comfortable, thus making playing easier and let things sound smoother)
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:00 PM   #12
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Flying V profile because it's perfect.

Only Explorers and V's have it.

This.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:12 PM   #13
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How does a neck profile change the tone (unless you're talking about the neck feeling more comfortable, thus making playing easier and let things sound smoother)


I don't see how it could add tone, but the extra wood on the neck can increase sustain as the notes will vibrate in the guitars body longer. My Traditional has a fat neck and it sustains a lot longer then my Explorer does, under MILD gain, if you crank the gain the Explorer's pickups are so hot it will scream a lot longer then the Traditional but that's kinda cheating.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:24 PM   #14
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How does a neck profile change the tone (unless you're talking about the neck feeling more comfortable, thus making playing easier and let things sound smoother)


Play a few notes and feel the headstock, it should be vibrating. The neck will be vibrating as well (much more than the body/top). Does it not make sense that thicker necks would be stiffer and change which freqs are absorbed or reflected?
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:41 PM   #15
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They're all different. As I've said many times, I've played 60s necks that were thicker than most 50s, 50s necks that were thinner than most 60s, Slim-Taper necks that felt almost straight, straight necks that tapered greatly, all sorts.

Gibson necks are one of the few necks around that get finished by hand. That means every single one of them is different. Not just by mode, by individual unit. You can pick up two Les Paul Standards that are meant to have the same neck and they'll feel totally different from each other.

This, along with how different the weight and tone can be, is why you never buy a Gibson blind.
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I like the Slimtaper D.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:55 AM   #17
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57 is perfect for me.

I cant say no to a 59 profile either though.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:19 AM   #18
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60's I'm not sure either neck profile does much for tone
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:19 AM   #19
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They're all different. As I've said many times, I've played 60s necks that were thicker than most 50s, 50s necks that were thinner than most 60s, Slim-Taper necks that felt almost straight, straight necks that tapered greatly, all sorts.

Gibson necks are one of the few necks around that get finished by hand. That means every single one of them is different. Not just by mode, by individual unit. You can pick up two Les Paul Standards that are meant to have the same neck and they'll feel totally different from each other.

This, along with how different the weight and tone can be, is why you never buy a Gibson blind.

i call bullshit.

even gibson knows 50s necks are thicker than 60s necks.

i mean, necks do vary but not so much that they overlap.

here is a comparison of a R9 and a couple thinner 60's type necks. nobody is going to oversand a R9 into 60's thickness.

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Old 05-30-2013, 11:53 AM   #20
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Flying V profile because it's perfect.

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