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Guitar Neck Profiles 2024-01-25T14:14:20-05:00

What Are Guitar Neck Profiles and Why Are They Important to a Guitar Player?

A Guitar Neck Profile

Guitar neck profiles are important because they contain most of the characteristics that players need to consider when selecting their perfect neck for maximum guitar neck comfort. Every guitar player is different and so are his/her hands. It is not a “one size fits all” world. If it were then you wouldn’t be reading this article. The neck is the part of your guitar that projects from the main body and is the part that the guitar player interacts with most. Therefore feel, grip, sheen, finish depth, width, string gauge, thickness, wideness and fret size all determine comfort and play-ability levels for each player.

thickness, width and fret size all determine comfort

If a guitar neck profile doesn’t feel right the first thought is to find someone to blame. The manufacturer, the salesman, the Luthier/tech, the guitar store. Right?  No not really. How about YOU? As a player you are responsible. It is incumbent upon the guitarist in educating him or herself in the areas where comfort is of major concern.  It is important for the guitar player to be familiar with all of the parts of the neck and which ones specifically affect the comfort level they seek, to become the optimum player they want to be. The term “guitar neck profile” refers to and encompasses the shape of the back of a guitar and the width of the fretboard at the nut. It is where the brain and the hands come together in most contact with a guitar. It’s where the musician’s hand spends the most time while engaged in playing a guitar. (See below: neck in cross section) The profile is often used interchangeably with the term “back shape” of which the “thickness” is an integral part. It’s where the sweet spot is. You need to have the profile area on your side when asking specific tasks of your guitar.

“Guitar neck profile” refers to the back shape.

You can also refer to it simply as “neck shape,” although there are other important neck measurements with which “guitar neck profile” shouldn’t be confused such as; neck width, neck depth and fingerboard radius. The shape of the neck’s cross-section can also vary from a gentle curve to a more pronounced “V” however there is no perfect guitar neck shape for everyone.

Image result for What Are Neck Profiles And Why Are They Important?, Standard neck profiles from Warmoth Guitar Products featured in many Haywire Custom Guitars

Standard neck profiles from Warmoth Guitar Products featured in many Haywire Custom Guitars

It’s important to understand, the guitar neck profile doesn’t affect the sound of the guitar itself; rather, it affects your comfort level and that in turn, affects the way you play it, how long you can play it, how your hand feels after you play it and general satisfaction with not having to alter your style because of it and in the instrument itself.  As a result, at Haywire Custom Shop our job is to have the right guitar matched up with the right hands. Probably, this accounts for our decision not to offer a “Click and Buy site” for many years as we know that most players are not familiar enough with the parts of the guitar neck. They also don’t know much about profiles that really will matter to them immediately and over time. We need to discuss comfort needs FIRST. Then will we be on the right track to offer the best instrument for playing style for now and as it evolves in the future. At Haywire Custom Guitars we want guitar players to have a guitar they can “grow” with. We want them to feel great about playing a guitar they get from us.

guitar neck profile

So, finally, what does all this mean to the average guitar player who is considering buying a guitar with a description that mentions the guitar neck profile? Everything! Comfort, sound, feel, speed, action, fatigue and overall feeling of reliability in the instrument are affected by the neck profile.

Because of this there is no perfect guitar neck shape for everyone. Your neck profile should make it easy for you to comfortably reach all the frets. Bottom line: Neck profile and neck width is important; so pay attention to what feels right for you so WE can get it right for you because ONLY YOU know what feels right for you. We work for guitar players every day creating perfect guitar neck profiles for you.

At Haywire Custom Guitars we’re…….Musicians working for musicians……

image Guitar Neck shaving and guitar neck profile building at Haywire Custom Guitars
A Faster Guitar Neck Guitar Neck shaving and guitar neck profile building at Haywire Custom Guitars-Custom Shop

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.