What's your favorite neck profile?

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  1. danktat

    danktat Award winning tattoo artist ... Amateur guitarist

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    I have personally only ever owned PRS guitars with a wide fat or a wide thin neck profile. Never had anything new enough to have switched over to the "pattern" stuff. Nor have I owned any SE's or S2's. But for me, wide fat is the most comfortable. Now, intuitively, you'd think, with my little hands, that the smaller the neck, the better. But, for some reason, that wide fat just seems "solid" in a way that I didn't get from the wide thin. Maybe it was because my main guitar when I was young was a full hollow, 335 type of guitar with a thicker neck. And maybe I just "got used" to that kind of a feel. But it is almost like the support of having a little bit of something resting in my palm is a little easier to work with than if my palm pulls up off of the back of the neck (can you tell I am no classically trained guitarist??) Anyway, This was my old Sukova archtop that I spent a lot of time with in my late teens/early 20's....and a pic of how small my hand is.

    Interested you you all's input on neck size and feel.

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  2. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    Pattern vintage is my fav,
    But I also like pattern regular
     
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  3. Mark Ray

    Mark Ray New Member

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    Of the PRS selection, Wide Fat. I've sold a couple of pattern regular because they were definitely not as large of a carve as I like and can get along with. If it was up to me, a 1" stem to stern option would be available. (I know, Private Stock)
     
  4. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Given a choice, I usually go wide fat, but it doesn’t really make much difference to me. If I warm up for a minute or two with some six string chord changes, I’m generally ok.
     
  5. bodia

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

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    Close call, for me, between Santana and Patter Vintage.
     
  6. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

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    The Mira has a Pattern Thin, and Sunny has a Wide Fat, but honestly after a couple of minutes of playing, I don't notice the difference. I suppose that if you held a gun to my head and made me choose, I'd probably go with the Wide Fat.
     
  7. watelessness

    watelessness New Member

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    Kynlore Your name here

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    I’m real particular about the feel of a neck profile. For me, it’s wide thin.

    Pattern thin may be ok for me, but I haven’t tried one yet.
     
  9. ieso

    ieso New Member

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    I like them all, really.
     
  10. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Big n fat! (Officially WF) like on the older Swampies... Ever play a Jeff Beck sig...I'd like that on a PRS!
     
  11. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    I don't notice the profiles as much as string action. I have the old wide thin, pattern regular, and whatever the HBII came with. The wide thin has the lowest (best) and the HBII has the highest. For me they all pretty much feel the same playing wise.
     
  12. Rusty Chos

    Rusty Chos Don’t mean a thang if it don’t twang

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    I can adapt to about anything, but my used 2013 Paul’s Guitar is just right from the get go.

    I passed on a used Santana II with a neck that was pretty big, even though a few years ago I preferred bigger necks. I can play ‘em, but smaller is more comfortable now in my arthritic rocking chair years.
     
  13. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    ‘59 LP, so wide-fat or pattern.
     
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  14. Wakester

    Wakester Sometimes I just don't make any sense

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    This one:rolleyes:
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    Oh, wait you meant guitar neck profile:eek::oops:
     
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  15. goof1073

    goof1073 New Member

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    I was a Wide Fat guy for MANY years, but the Pattern Vintage has edged it out for me.
     
  16. danktat

    danktat Award winning tattoo artist ... Amateur guitarist

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    So my question for those of you who have them, what is the stack up between the pattern necks and the old wide fat and wide thins? How much of a difference is there?
     
  17. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Current preferences...

    1) Pattern Vintage
    2) Pattern Regular
    3) Wide Fat
    4) Wide thin

    The differences to me are not massive, and as Pete said, a few minutes on any of them gets me acclimatized.
     
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  18. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    I haven’t tried the Pattern Vintage profile, but I’d probably like that the most. Really enjoyed the version of Wide Fat that was on the SE Zach Myers - more meat on it than the Wide Fat on my CE 22. Also enjoy the Pattern profile on my Stripped 58.
     
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  19. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    Pattern Vintage is sublime.

    In order
    PV
    Wide Fat
    Pattern (a couple seemed larger than the old WF, I moved them along)
    Pattern Regular

    Takes me a bit to adjust to my PR now, but that ones isn’t going anywhere (Pernie neck)

    I can’t get along with Pattern Thin. Shame, there are about a dozen beautiful blue fade WL C24 guitars out there right now but they all have PT necks...but I’m outta cash anyway so it’s all good.
     
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  20. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Did you mean “Pattern” as choice #2?
     

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