Tonal differnce/sustain between Pattern thin and Pattern necks??

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  1. jazzgtrl4

    jazzgtrl4 New Member

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    Hi,

    Can anyone tell a difference ? ive heard that larger necks have better sustain, etc?...not sure how true this is. thx
     
  2. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    I can’t really tell a difference. To me, more aspects than the neck profile contribute to sustain. That’s just my $0.02
     
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  3. Kdogg788

    Kdogg788 New Member

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    Such as neck wood? Just got an S2 Standard with a mahogany neck, and it sounds darker than the SE Custom 24 with a Maple neck.

    -k
     
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  4. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

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    The thinking is with more mass a guitar gains sustain.
     
  5. jazzgtrl4

    jazzgtrl4 New Member

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    ya i guess thats what i mean. or what i have heard. I also think a maple neck vs. a rosewood or ebony fret board is brighter
     
  6. Kdogg788

    Kdogg788 New Member

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    You will never know unless you play them, and preferably A/B them. If such small differences in tone are important, then you would have to experience them in person to really know for sure.

    -k
     
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  7. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I’ve never heard a difference between any of the PRS set necks that could be attributed to the carve.
     
  8. jazzgtrl4

    jazzgtrl4 New Member

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    right i understand, ya probably pretty hard to tell with a set neck PRS.
     
  9. WEDGE

    WEDGE Zombie five, DFZ

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    I have bought guitars with big necks cause I heard they were ‘better’, and ended up selling them because they weren’t ‘better’ for me. Go with what feels best and inspires you to play more.
     
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  10. Hotblack Desiato

    Hotblack Desiato New Member

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    Just to throw a spanner in the works, whilst I've also read that beefier necks improve sustain e.g. a 50's Les Paul compared to the slimmer 60's carve, I've also read that bolt-on neck provides more sustain than a glued neck join.
     
  11. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I have to agree with this
     
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  12. AaeCee

    AaeCee New Member

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    I'll go out on a limb and say that any theoretical differences based solely on neck thickness or shape would be rendered virtually meaningless once all other variables are accounted for such as weight, density, fretboard, compatibility with body, etc.
     
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  13. Nightfall

    Nightfall Guitaraholic

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    I dont think the neck profile causes a large physical change in sound, but different neck profiles will make you play differently; and that will make you sound different.
     
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  14. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    This is what I was thinking too. Just the differences between the woods of different trees is going to make more of a difference than the 1-2 mm thickness of the neck.
     
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  15. Casi1

    Casi1 New Member

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    I have seen/heard differences between huge necks and skinny necks (via Warmoth ‘investigations’ and such) on video but I wouldn’t be able to identify those differences in real life. In their experiments (same guitar, same chunk of wood, same pickups, same amp, etc), the thicker neck sounded fuller, deeper, stronger, bigger.

    However, the difference between Pattern and Pattern Thin seems a lot smaller than the neck differences in the Warmoth experiment. I doubt that there is a discernible difference between those two PRS necks, because it’s not like Pattern is a Tele boat neck. Because of this, I feel like you’d hear more of a difference if one neck was maple and the other mahogany (or even different kinds of Rosewood) than you would comparing Pattern Thin to Pattern on the sole basis of profile or depth of neck wood.
     
  16. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I think it’s hard to reach conclusions on this stuff because two guitars of the very same spec still sound a little different.

    Over the years, for whatever reason, I’ve come to prefer the sound of set neck guitars with beefier necks. I certainly can’t explain why. Perhaps, as Paul Smith says, “everything affects everything.”
     
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    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    This guy says he can:

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    I ain’t buyin’ it.
     
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  18. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I think as long as the player likes the neck radius and the tone of the guitar, that’s all that matters.

    But heck what do I know?!
     
  19. Rider1260

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    With as obsessive as Paul and Co seem to be on the tone of a PRS , if there was a difference they would do something to mitigate it ( like changing the neck heel size years ago )
     
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  20. tonytester

    tonytester PIC YOUR STRINGS WISELY

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    I have the wide thin neck on all my prs's , for me it's the great feel ,lots of finger room. not sure of the tone, I love the tone,
     

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