#1
Does anyone happen to know anything about the neck profiles of 70s Japanese Les Paul copies & whether they were based on Gibson equivalents?

Specifically, I have a 1976 Antoria (Ibanez) Les Paul custom w/bolt on neck. I love the super slim neck. Been thinking about upgrading to a Gibson, but I've tried a studio & and standard, and both had really thick necks.

Are there models or periods where Gibsons had thinner necks?
#2
Quote by matthewa
Does anyone happen to know anything about the neck profiles of 70s Japanese Les Paul copies & whether they were based on Gibson equivalents?

Specifically, I have a 1976 Antoria (Ibanez) Les Paul custom w/bolt on neck. I love the super slim neck. Been thinking about upgrading to a Gibson, but I've tried a studio & and standard, and both had really thick necks.

Are there models or periods where Gibsons had thinner necks?


They were all over the place with necks.

almost all of the LP shapes from that era were based on the LP shape and were not direct clones/copy of Gibson. They just implemented the "open book" headstock design patented by Gibson.

I have a 70's Sanox LP clone and its neck was deff different/thinner than the LP studio I used to own.
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#3
Quote by Robbgnarly
They were all over the place with necks.


Pretty much this.

Gibson necks aren't consistent, either, but it's unlikely you'll find a very slim neck in that pile. Current Gibsons may be more expensive, but are, objectively, not necessarily an "upgrade" guitar these days.
Last edited by dspellman at Sep 27, 2015,
#4
If you want a slim necked Gibson you should look for a used Classic, R0 or G0.
The Japanese Elitists necks are not too big either, between a 59 & 60's neck.
Moving on.....
#5
Cheers all. I'll have to look up whether those models are available left handed.

Reason for 'upgrade' would be hotter pickups, better tuners and a set neck. Which I know I could get elsewhere, but there is also a bit of brand love in there if I can find one that plays as well as my copy.
#6
look for any that claim "slim taper neck" and you would be in the ball park at least for the newer ones.

you could also get a contour gage at the hardware store and make some templates from card stock and compare them to the necks of guitars that you are interested in.

ultimately though your fingers need to do the walking.
#7
My lawsuit era JP 335 clone has a very thin neck. These days it is nearly too thin and narrow at the nut for my hands.

Gibsons are quite variable.
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