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I am picking up a new guitar for a new project I have been invited to join. For a variety of reason I have been drawn to thicker necks for about the last 2 years.

I have 2 guitars I am looking at. Problem is, one of them is not available locally so I would have to order online. Also, would probably have to buy new as my local used market absolutely sucks.

I could make any of the SE's with the wide-fat neck work. I had a SE 245 once before and really like it. It was a beast. So I am thinking about another 245, or a Bernie, or a Marty, etc.

The other option is the Bonamassa LP. Any of you guys have any experience with it? What's the quality like on it?

Any other recommendations for an axe with a fat neck in $750 range?
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Go for the Bernie Marsden SE. Those necks are pretty chunky.
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My SG Faded has a fairly chunky neck.
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My SG Faded has a fairly chunky neck.


This. Most faded series Gibson have fat necks. Though my buddy has a faded SG and he's replaced just about everything on it trying to get it to stay in tune
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I'm kind of a "neck-thickness agnostic"- I don't have a preference for any particular size, and move back and forth between various profiles, contours and scale lengths. So I actually had to look at what I own to make any kind of suggestion.

I don't own either of what you mentioned, but in my collection, my Electra Omega Prime (a LPclone) is probably my thickest necked guitar. And after that, my Fret-King Super 60HB (a Stratclone), then my Reverends.

You live in Georgia, right? I'd recommend a Reverend or Electra. The only reason I can't recommend a Fret-King is that they're a UK company. Revs and Electras are US companies who make their guitars in Korea (like so many others).
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If you can get to $900ish, you can get a used PRS CE22 and that has the wide-fat neck.

I have the Maple top CE22 and it is a great guitar
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This. Most faded series Gibson have fat necks. Though my buddy has a faded SG and he's replaced just about everything on it trying to get it to stay in tune


Yeah I get a bit of that but it's not too bad. Awesome guitar though, seriously better than some 3k-4k Les Pauls I've played, it feels and sounds 'alive' compared to those other way more expensive guitars which feel and sound dead in comparison.
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I have a Gibson Faded LP & its the best guitar I've ever played, never had any issues with it.

Gibson can be a bit hit & miss throughout their range though, so try before you buy.

If you're after a nice fat neck (I prefer that too) go for the 50s profile. The difference is only a couple of mm, but IMO its enough to make a difference.
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i haven't ever had a problem with a gibson staying in tune i like my faded SG though.
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I have a Gibson Faded LP & its the best guitar I've ever played, never had any issues with it.

Gibson can be a bit hit & miss throughout their range though, so try before you buy.

If you're after a nice fat neck (I prefer that too) go for the 50s profile. The difference is only a couple of mm, but IMO its enough to make a difference.


When I bought my PRS S2 I went into the shop to buy either an LP or an SG. There were various issues with each one they had that really had me shaking my head. That said I am not against one, I just need to keep the budget down for this purchase. And like I said in my original post, I have to buy new. The market here for used gear is terrible. The last 2 pieces of used gear I bought I've had to drive 2 hrs one way to get.

Edit to say: I'd love a new LP Studio. But working on a slimmer budget this time. I just dropped dime on an amp to fit this project as well, so it cut into the the cash available.
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My Fernandes Vertigo is like playing a baseball bat and I love it.


Thanks man, I'll have to look in to that. Always been intrigued with Ferndandes.

So, any comments on the Joe Bonamassa LP? I am honestly leaning towards that one, but part of me says save the money and see what used SE I can pick up on MF.

FWIW, this new project is progressive-melodic-metal group. Honestly, we're probably just going to jam a lot, and we're cool with that, because there is not much of a scene for that stuff locally. We're already working on some Mastodon and Opeth covers. We're a large outfit.... 3 guitars and some keys to go along with the back line. Already having more fun with it than any other set up I've ever done.
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I like my Fernandes Ravelles- very well made and comfy. But they have a relatively shallow neck profile, IMHO.

Of course, it wouldn't surprise me if the Vertigo had a very different neck profile. Definitely worth your time to look at.

As for the Bonamassa LP, I'm sure they're quite nice, especially if you like those Burstbucker pickups.
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I like my Fernandes Ravelles- very well made and comfy. But they have a relatively shallow neck profile, IMHO.

Of course, it wouldn't surprise me if the Vertigo had a very different neck profile. Definitely worth your time to look at.



It depends on the model/year.

I know someone with another Vertigo that feels completely different.

The newer ones are sleeker.

And then there is the Vulcan.
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The Vulcans have that "ergo" modded Vertigo body- are the necks comparable?
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This. Most faded series Gibson have fat necks. Though my buddy has a faded SG and he's replaced just about everything on it trying to get it to stay in tune


I had a faded flying v years ago. Had a regular slim taper flying v neck. I'd really only call It thick compared to something like an Ibanez or a Jackson. I think it's more the stock USA SG's prior to 2013 (and going back to, I don't know when but a while) had thick necks because they had some neck breakage and tuning stability issues with the really thin necks and the weak neck joints in the 60's. I stayed away from SG's for many years because my brain couldn't reconcile that thick a neck on that thin a body. Also put me off from buying an SG classic, which I totally should have gotten at the time. Ah well.

I have a couple carvins that have what I would characterize as fairly thick necks (similar to or slightly thicker than the SG's I own) but they have incredibly good action so they're nice and playable-about as well or slightly better or worse on a given day than the sg's.