Especially a 5er It also evokes the days when Leo Fender himself made guitars with a variety of different neck shapes, diving deeper into period-specific designations, such as a ’50s “V” shape, a ’61 “C” shape and others. It’s a common mistake that some players state all C-shapes are the same. Letter designation in reference to nut width is usually best used when speaking of vintage Fender guitars, because more often than not, that’s where it’s discussed most. I was given a 1988 Fender Heavy Metal Strat that had a D neck, the first I had ever seen in 56 years of playing Fenders. Fender Roasted Maple Standard Series Replacement Jazz Bass Neck with Modern C Profile, 9.5" Radius Maple Fingerboard, 20 Medium-jumbo Frets, and Pre-slotted … U – Early 1950s or 1970s shape checkguitars at hotmail dot com us the way to reach me! C – 1 3/4-inch Thats an upright! The older P basses were the 1.75 nut width and a 7 1/2″ radius? Soft V – Early 1950s It’s all about the accuracy of the fret plane. Fender literally wrote the book on electric basses, laying the foundation for musical innovation and evolution. Click here to learn more about the American Elite Series. But if you tried using the same terminology with your bass player friends or salespeople at the guitar store, you’ll most likely get the deer-in-the-headlights look. When looking at the neck in cross section, that is, it begins with a modern “C” shape at the nut and gradually morphs into a modern “D” shape at the body joint. For example, there is the lesser-known “Medium V” shape. Hard V or just V – Mid-1950s shape Again, there’s nothing wrong with the neck when that happens even when properly set up as it’s just the nature of what vintage-spec is like. I was sure the P bass Vs were wider yet…. And yes, learned players that know their Fender vintage necks can feel the subtle difference between a Soft V and a Medium V. Better luthiers know the old-style letter designations for Fender nut widths. So I’m looking for a neck with a width around 1 7/8 at the nut. Fret size has nothing to do with fret buzz. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. All Rights Reserved. One of the most talked-about features of the Fender American Elite series is the neck, which has a 9.5”-14” compound-radius fingerboard and blends perfectly into a comfortable asymmetrical neck heel. For example, if it were the case where a luthier was trying to recreate the exact feel of a ’63 Fender neck with a Medium V profile but didn’t have the original item for reference, he would take his best guess that the neck shape would either be a Soft or a Hard V, which of course doesn’t hit the mark of what a Medium V is supposed to feel like. In addition, the older 7.25-inch radius can in fact “fret out” when doing bends of at least one semitone. The common term we use now is that a guitar, say a Stratocaster, has a "C" neck, which describes it's 'feel'. Want to Find Out if This Will Work with Your Bass. The chunkiest neck shape is without question the U. 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″). Any help is appreciated. The “U” profile is fatter (i.e., a “baseball bat” neck), and the “V” profile has narrower shoulders and a sharper spine. C – Late-50s oval shape Tall frets, short frets, wide frets, narrow frets. But this is incorrect terminology. A ‘true vintage’ build would probably be a Soft V shape with a 7.25-inch fingerboard radius and tall/skinny frets, meaning a super-round fingerboard with frets that no matter how well-done by the luthier will buzz all over the place because, well, that’s what tall/skinny vintage-style frets do. , How bout the head stocks? Or a graphite neck ie. No. It’s all about preference. A – 1 1/2-inch Copyright ©2020. If anyone has a picture I’d love to see… If it has the heel stamped as D, I’ll believe you. In other words, when you say “C”, the assumption is that you’re talking about the neck shape and not the nut width, so… best to stick to that. Correctly! …and this can be hell for a luthier trying to recreate that shape if he doesn’t have an actual ’63 for a frame of reference. 59 year and me neither! Fender guitars and basses typically have a “C”-, “U”- or “V”-shaped neck profile (sometimes referred to as backshape). . Fender neck shapes can be C, U, or V, and these letters literally refer to how the back of the neck is not only shaped but also how it looks. Where it gets really confusing however is that a letter designation can refer to the neck shape OR the nut width. BLACK FRIDAY SALE: Get 50% off an Annual Plan. Letter designations for bass guitar necks is more or less “a Fender thing”, and because Fender terminology is so pervasive in bass builds, Fender’s letter designations are used even for bass guitars they don’t even make. Modern C – Modern flat oval shape, (Tip: Looking for tuners that will fit your Fender neck?). …and these were the original letter designations for Fender necks well before the whole neck-shape-by-letter thing came into being. The instrument would be well-built, but it “wouldn’t feel right” because the profile is off just a tad. That’s where the compound-profile neck, with its graceful “C” to “D” metamorphosis, comes in. It was SO wide and, with a 17-inch fingerboard radius, SO flat that I removed the frets, reduced the width to that of a B neck, and radiused it to 7.25″ before refretting it. One of the most talked-about features of the Fender American Elite series is the neck, which has a 9.5”-14” compound-radius fingerboard and blends perfectly into a comfortable asymmetrical neck heel.