What's your favorite PRS neck profile?

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What's your favorite PRS neck profile?

  1. Pattern or Wide Fat

    12 vote(s)
    26.1%
  2. Pattern Vintage

    5 vote(s)
    10.9%
  3. Pattern Regular or Regular

    8 vote(s)
    17.4%
  4. Patter Thin or Wide Thin

    11 vote(s)
    23.9%
  5. Other

    4 vote(s)
    8.7%
  6. Indifferent

    4 vote(s)
    8.7%
  7. Changes from day to day

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. 21Hemispheres12

    21Hemispheres12 New Member

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    Pattern thin satin maple neck is my favorite neck of all time thanks to my custom 24.
     
  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Yeah, I should’ve been more specific.
     
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  3. alantig

    alantig SSBMA

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    So you were a little blurry. Not like it's the first time. :p
     
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  4. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    Which ever one is in my hands that day is
    my favorite.
     
  5. Huggy B

    Huggy B Just me and my girls.

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    I've grown allergic to the W/F over the years, interesting how that was the tone thing for so long, and so much of what you see in the 2nd hand market is W/F, at least when it comes to core.

    When I picked up my 408 (which I recently sold) it had a thin neck and I automatically fell for it, so much that I had my HB recarved at the PTC to thin. I also recarved the neck on my HB sglcut myself to as close to PRS thin as I could, although the curve is a little different. It might be close to pattern regular though, feels kinda Gibson-like to me, came out well for a home spun job.

    I know PRSh always touted fat neck for fat tone, etc. but for me, I've heard no difference. I'll put up with pattern, they feel pretty good too, but thin is where it's at for me.
     
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  6. ducmike

    ducmike New Member

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    Santana is my fave now. I love that guitar. Had a DGT, and it's a close second. But, played a few JMSSs and that is a fantastic neck, very close to my AV65 RI. Gassing for one, but doesn't make a lot of sense since I have the 65, but, you know....

    I am very comfy with the WF/Pattern too.
     
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  7. Andy80

    Andy80 New Member

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    Is there a difference between pattern and pattern regular?
     
  8. Paz

    Paz New Member

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    I wanted a pattern thin, and my custom 24 was advertised as such, however it turns out it’s actually pattern regular and I love it. It feels just right to me.
     
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  9. pauloqs

    pauloqs PRS McCarty

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    That's super cool. I initially assumed the Pattern Thin would be my favorite, as I was coming from LPs and SGs with slim tapered necks. To my surprise, the one I fell in love with was the Pattern, which is noticeably chunkier than both Pattern Thin and Gibson's slim tapered.
     
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  10. pauloqs

    pauloqs PRS McCarty

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    There is. The Pattern is slightly deeper at the nut and the fretboard is ever so slightly wider. I also thing the geometry is slightly different. I feel like the Pattern Regular have slightly more pronounced shoulders, while the Pattern tapers off towards the edges a bit less gradual. Because of the aforementioned geometric differences, I don't feel the chunkiness of the Pattern as much as I feel with the Pattern Regular. However, I have no official source regarding the geometry, so I'm merely stating my experience with these necks. I cannot reject the possibility that this "geometric" difference is not a result of an actual difference in shape itself, but entirely a function of the fretboard width. It's almost like the Pattern shape resembles a Medium V shape, whereas the Pattern Regular is more in line with the more traditional C shape. Regardless, of the source of the minor differences, the Pattern feel better to me than the Patter Regular. With that said, both those carves are extremely comfortable and just a joy to play.

    The specs bellow are copied directly from the PRS support page*** (https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/support/article/neck_profiles):**

    WIDTH OF THE FRETBOARD AT THE NUT:

    Pattern, Wide Fat - 1 11/16” = 1 22/32"*​

    Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 1 11/16”

    Pattern Regular, Regular - 1 21/32”

    Pattern Vintage - 1 11/16”

    JM – 1 21/32”

    12 String - 1 47/64”​



    WIDTH AT THE BODY

    Pattern, Wide Fat - 2 1/4”

    Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 2 1/4”

    Pattern Regular, Regular - 2 1/4”

    Pattern Vintage - 2 1/4”

    JM – 2 7/32”

    12 String - 2 19/64”​



    NECK DEPTH AT THE NUT

    Pattern, Wide Fat - 28/32”

    Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 26/32”

    Pattern Regular, Regular - 27/32”

    Pattern Vintage - 57/64” = 28.5/23"

    JM – 53/64”

    12 String - 27/32”​

    * Re-expressed the dimension for ease of comparison (22/32 = 11/16, and 57/64 = 28.5/32).
    ** Summary of differences: Pattern is 1/32" wider at the nut relative to Pattern Regular. Pattern is 1/32" deeper at the nut relative to Pattern Regular. Width at the body are the same.
    *** Note: There is a picture floating around from reliable sources that state the Pattern Depth at the nut at 27/32", which is equal to the depth at the nut of the Pattern Regular spec. Clearly one of the two sources have a small typo. I, however, am not certain which source is correct, i.e. typo free. The reason for that is that I notice the depth of the neck less between the Pattern Regular and Pattern compared to the Pattern Thin, which cording to the PRS support page are both 1/32" apart. Also, I noticed the difference between the Pattern and Pattern vintage (0.5/32" according to the support page) more than the supposedly 1/32" difference between the Pattern and Pattern Regular.
     
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  11. Reynewan

    Reynewan New Member

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    Pattern Regular is one of the best Neck´s for me I´ve ever played. I knew it instantly, when I held my Mc Carty for the first time in my Hands. But every Hand ist different...:)
     
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  12. FunkyFreeman

    FunkyFreeman Moo Panuwat

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  13. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan DGT Player

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    Wide Fat here.

    Though, through the years I'm really loving the DGT shape.
     
  14. Bill SAS 513

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

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    Da Bigger, da better!!!!!
    Actually play 'em all...no big deal.
     
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