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May 1, 2014

Neck Profiles: Fender Guitars

Filed under: Guitars,Music — S. Kindley @ 2:24 am
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As I stated in my article on Gibson neck profiles I think most guitar players look for a particular “feel” about the neck when trying to choose a guitar. Obviously that doesn’t just apply to Gibsons. In this article we’ll discuss Fender neck profiles, shapes, and variations.

Gibson guitar necks are generally categorized into two types, or profiles, with slight variations while Fender has had a long tradition of either three or five basic neck shapes depending on who you ask. I’ll try to address the discrepancy and let you decide for yourself.

The Basic 3

First: The “3” basic shapes as explained by Fender today and published on the Fender website. Fender defines “neck shape” and a “neck profile” as the “back shape” of the neck when cut into cross section as illustrated below. Neck width, neck depth, and fingerboard radius are not to be used to compound or complicate the basic neck shape/profile of Fender guitars.


Fender Neck Profiles

Fender Neck Profiles

Fender uses variations of the “C“, “V“, and “U” designation for their necks. The illustration above shows from top to bottom “C“, “V“, and “U“.

C-shaped neck profile: The most common modern neck profile. C-shaped necks have an oval profile that works well for most playing styles.

V-shaped neck profile: Two versions are popular. A more rounded “soft” V and a more pointed “hard” V.

U-shaped neck profile: Chunky and rounded, with high shoulders. Some consider to be “baseball bat” necks.

There are also further subdivisions of each type, usually denoted by a design year or era (i.e., ’50s V shape, ’61 C shape, ’70s C shape), in which subtle period-specific variations in one of the basic neck profiles is recreated precisely.

There is occasional confusion about C, U and V neck profile designations and A, B, C and D neck width designations. From the early ’60s to the early ’70s, Fender referred specifically to the nut width of its instrument necks using the letters A (1 ½”), B (1 5/8″), C (1 ¾”) and D (1 7/8″). These letters were stamped on the butt-end of the necks and had nothing to do with neck profile.

— Source: Jeff Owens, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Nov 20, 2009.

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April 1, 2013

My Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue

The 22-watt ’65 Deluxe Reverb® Reissue amp

The DRRI Features dual 6V6 output tubes, one 5AR4 rectifier tube, four 12AX7 preamp tubes, two 12AT7 tubes, one 12” 8-ohm Jensen® C-12K speaker, dual channels (normal and vibrato), tube-driven Fender® reverb, tube vibrato, two-button footswitch for reverb and vibrato on-off. This is the actual amp I bought in Evansville in January 2013 to replace my old Vox AC50CP2 that had problems that would have cost more to fix than replace the amp. I miss the Vox and I’ll probably get another one, but this little amplifier screams for such a little package. Everything except for the highest gain heavy metal styles.


Click more to see a video demos of the amp from YouTube:


March 25, 2013

2010 Fender American Standard Stratocaster

Filed under: Guitars — S. Kindley @ 8:05 pm
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2010 American Standard Stratocaster

2010 American Standard Stratocaster

This is my 2010 Fender American Standard Stratocaster. I have modified this guitar with a set of Schaller strap locks and Seymour Duncan Antiquity Texas Hot pickups.

I’ll add more info and pictures on the Duncan Antiquity pickups later! Click ‘more’ to see a video and the factory specs.


2011 Fender American Standard Telecaster

Filed under: Guitars — S. Kindley @ 6:06 pm
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Fender Telecaster 3 Color Burst

Fender Telecaster 3 Color Burst

This is my 2011 60th Anniversary Fender American Standard Telecaster. This is the three color sunburst model in Ash. With the exception of the strap buttons mine is completely stock.

Click ‘more’ to see a demo video and the specs:


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