#1
I have a PRS McCarty with a wide-fat neck. I love this guitar... Like mucho. But, the wide-fat neck kills my thumb with barre chords. It doesn't happen on any of my other gutars including my other PRS(cu24). Should I sell or trade her away for something more playable? Or... Would it be possible to have someone reshape the neck ever so slightly? I know that if I sell or trade her, I probably won't get what she's worth, but... If I have someone reshape the neck, there's a risk that she will die during surgery... I'm torn and confused. Any advice would be appreciated. Her name is Gina by the way.
#2
You mean a CE24? I have one, that's why I'm asking.

I'd recommend you sell/trade it. If you can't play it and it hurts your hand, I wouldn't modify it. I think that will hurt the value even more - unless you had it done by PRS. I'd be afraid of anyone doing a hack job on the modification and ruining it.
#3
Buy a new neck for it...unless it is set or set-through. If it is bolt on buy the new neck, play the heck out of it and then if you want to sell it put the old neck back on.
#4
Playability > tone. Tone is much easier to modify, and eventually reverse if you want dislike it. Playability is hard to change when its concerning something as drastic as a neck.
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#5
Not a ce24. I had a ce22 that I actually later traded for a custom 24(I've seen it abreviated cu24). Yeah. It's a glued in neck. I'm pretty bummed about this whole scenario. She was my first high end guitar. I might have to sell her and use the money to get an American fender, a new amp, and some pedals. :-(
#6
Don't sell her. When you make cash exchanges, you pay a premium for receiving cash. Trade her, you'll get way more value out of it. Harmony Central has a classified section that I used to buy my Alvarez, and PRSs command plenty of respect there. It will be easy as pie to trade. I promise.
#7
It hurts your hand because you have poor technique. Regardless of how used you are to other guitars the fact that this hurts when playing barre chords is due to too much tension.

Be wary of advice from those who tell you to change the neck on a set neck guitar.

I've had it, where I would play loads and loads and I'm fine, then I'd play a different guitar and I can feel my hand cramping. It's because the grip I use on a Strat allows different tension to that on a LP.

Or if I had to play a lot of palm muting my thumb would be killing me. I realised that when palm muting I would press down a lot harder and I couldn't attack the strings as hard without pushing down really hard. So I had to slow down and really focus on relieving tension while attacking with the same level. It took me a few days but I adjusted.

Don't give up if you love the guitar, you'll get used to it if you just stop being so tense. This is also an opportunity to improve your technique.
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#8
I'll trade you a Mexican Strat for it.

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#9
Hurting when playing barre chords on a thicker neck does indeed sound like dodgy technique, to me. Thicker necks support your hand better and barre chords shouldn't be inhibited by it, unless you do barre chords by using the thumb-over technique (in which case, go buy a Fender Classic 50s Stratocaster).

You can get the neck reshaped, by any decent luthier. It'll cost a fair bit, as the neck will have to be refinished, but it can be done. However, I would stress that you should double-check your technique first.
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#10
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#11
I'll trade you an Ibanez GRGM21 for it. It's neck is nice and thin and it's just taking up space in my room.
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#12
^ Ignore that guy
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#14
Get a DGT ;-)
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#16
What neck carve is on your Custom 24? Normally that model has a Wide-Thin neck. Your best bet is to trade the McCarty for a PRS with a model that matches your CU24 neck. The current models have what is called Pattern Thin which is almost identical to Wide Thin.

IMO - Modifying the existing neck would destroy the value of it. ONLY do that if you love everything else about it and never plan on parting with it. I only say this because I'm about to send off my PRS Modern Eagle I to have it converted to a glossy finish, most people think I'm nuts, but I never plan on selling it.

http://www.prsguitars.com/csc/neckprofiles.html
#17
If you try to sand down your neck on the Mccarthy i will sand down your face.

Just trade it in to a diffrent PRS. Problem solved.