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Guitar Neck Profiles

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Guitar Neck Profiles 2024-02-25T10:54:07-05:00

The shape of a guitar’s neck determines how comfortable a guitar feels to play.
A guitar neck profile is the shape of the back of the guitar neck. From the headstock to the neck pocket in the guitar body encompasses the whole neck profile.
Guitar neck shapes provide comfort for the hands of players.

What is a guitar neck profile?


It’s the shape from the curve of the back to the thickness of the neck, all the way down. As a guitar player you have to be comfortable with your guitar. The back of the neck is where your hand interacts the most with your guitar. That is where you need it to be comfortable.

You may have noticed that some guitars have chunkier guitar necks and others have slim necks. There are a few common guitar neck shapes, but we do ALL shapes for guitar players. That is what comprises “Custom Guitar Neck Profiles” in our shop.

“Custom” is all about-YOU the player!

Ever ask yourself: What Kind Of Guitar Neck do I need? What do I want to “feel”? Slim? Fat? Somewhere in-between?

Consider thickness as well as your preferred back profile… here are a few profiles you can choose from:

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What guitar neck profiles Do You Prefer?
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Standard Thin Neck Back Profile
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Clapton Neck Back Profile
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Fat Back Neck profile
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Boat Back contour
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Wizard Neck profile
image of Haywire Custom Guitars '59 Round back Neck profile

What Are Custom Guitar Necks?

“Custom Guitar Neck Profiles”? Why? Because, It’s all about-YOU!
What Are Custom Guitar Necks? Easy answer! They are simply guitar necks that suit the user only-YOU. Every guitar player has different hands. There are as many hand sizes as guitar players. If you’re a player, why should you settle for the necks out there that come standard equipment on guitars which don’t fit your hands? You don’t need to. This is where a custom guitar neck profile comes in.

Yes, there is a solution to uncomfortable guitar neck profiles.

Guitar manufacturers don’t care if you don’t like their necks-they just want to get the guitar out the door. A guitar tech, builder or Luthier has the skills to tailor a guitar neck to fit your hands. That’s what we do. That’s why we have jobs. We can do what manufacturers fail to do in addressing the needs of guitar players like yourself.

We have the skills to tailor a guitar neck for your hands

It’s not always necessary to settle for what the “music store” has to sell you. Do better for yourself. Yes, there is a solution to your uncomfortable guitar neck.

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Find your perfect Guitar Fingerboard Radius for max comfort
image Guitar Neck shaving, Reshaping A Guitar Neck in the Haywire Custom Guitars-Custom Shop
Guitar Neck Profiles-Guitar Neck shaving in the Haywire Custom Guitars-Custom Shop for max hand comfort.

There are many ways to get you the best feeling custom guitar neck possible. We know all of them! Ask us. “Custom” is all about-YOU!

Fat Guitar Necks

Fatter neck widths are better for players with bigger hands or who want more wood in their hand to facilitate fretting notes more cleanly.

A fatter neck offers less separation between the palm and back surface of the neck.
Their shape as well, will suit certain players more than others.
Neck profiles offered are in “C”, “D”, “Soft V”, “Hard V” shapes
with optional lower shoulder radius choice.

Often, it’s a case of the guitar neck size, feel and shape you needs to take in consideration one other thing. The “style of playing” preferred.
If you have a size 13 foot, you need a size 13 shoe. So, right equipment can lessen any roadblocks to your success as a guitar player.
Get the right equipment for you and you’ll play your guitar more naturally.

Do you want to play great?

Then your plan should include the “best” equipment.
Which would be, “specifically” for you.

Fat necks are built and designed for guys who need them.
A good neck meets the standards for great players including: speed guitarists, finger pickers
and any guitarists needing a more beefy feel.
More wood allows closer proximity to the neck back for more intimate neck-hand-guitar attitude.

The benefits of the appropriate guitar neck include but are not limited to: better action, better pull-offs, less crowded fingers, easier finger placement, clearer notes.
A great guitar neck, custom for you, is a simply playing technique to add comfort to a guitar that you cannot get from “off the rack” instruments.
There are real benefits to a custom beefy guitar necks and a good luthier who understands what techniques to apply to an instrument for your success.

Wide Neck Option

Advantages of a wide neck:

A wide neck electric guitar means that you can allow more room between the strings. It’s great for a beginner or a Pro with larger hands. Your playing will improve immensely.  Confidence and more comfort is evident on a wide neck guitar. If you need this option, we can provide a very suitable wider neck for you. The choices are: 1-3/4″, 1-7/8″, 2″ and 2-1/8″ wide widths.

The wide neck guitar is for larger players, Big guys who have big hands and fingers need these guitars. The added spacing between the strings make your guitar easier to play and give you more confidence that the target will be easier to hit.

There are some acoustic guitars that feature a wide neck and more space between the strings. If you are used to playing one of these, then this wide neck on your new electric guitar will feel very familiar.

Once you play a wide neck guitar the new experience will not only be amazing but greatly appreciated by your fingers.

Customers who want special custom shop guitars and features without the custom shop prices, here we are. Thanks again for your support, patronage of our dedicated custom shop and confidence in our abilities. 

Guitar Neck Shapes

The shape or profile of a guitar neck can make a huge difference in how your guitar feels.

A guitar neck “feel” can be broken down into several areas.
These are the most important to consider with your hand shape and size.
They are:

Depth (thickness of your guitar neck at the 1st and 12th fret)
Fretboard Radius (arc across the top on most necks is not the same)
Profile (shape of the neck with a cross view as if slicing through the guitar neck)
Nut Width (width across the nut)

How do you choose the best guitar neck for you?
Try each different one. Then you’ll be able to make a choice.

Basic Neck Shapes

What are the neck shapes?

Basically 4 guitar neck shapes define the choices.
There are however some custom variation off-shoots from these.
Variations are often defined by the player.
The more a player knows about his own comfort, feel and playing style, the better he can make a choice.
Here are the basic neck shapes:

C-Shape
Round shoulders and round back

D-Shape
Flatter middle and broad shoulders

U-Shape
Deep square shoulders and round back

V-Shape
Small shallow shoulders and pointed center section

Thicker guitar necks are better players with larger hands.
Thinner necks are better players with smaller hands.