Guitar Neck Back Contours

The Back Contour is the profile or grip shape of the neck, and is important for optimum playability and hand comfort. To determine which works best for you compare the dimensions below (measured from the face of the fingerboard to the back of the neck) to those of your favorite neck.

NOTE: Some neck types have limited back contour options.

Standard Back Contours

Available at no extra cost

Standard Thin

  • Similar to: Modern Fender® American Standard Strat® or Tele®
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: .800"
  • Thickness at 12th Fret: .850"

The Standard Thin is our most popular contour, very similar to modern Fender® necks. Its medium "C" shape will feel comfortable to most players.

Fatback

  • Similar to: Vintage Fender® deep "U"
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: 1.00"
  • Thickness at 12th Fret: 1.00"

The Fatback is our thickest, roundest neck contour, made for players who love a fat vintage feel.

Boatneck

  • Similar to: Vintage Tele® (52 Reissue)
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: 1.00"
  • Thickness at 12th Fret: 1.00"

The Boatneck is the same thickness as the Fatback, with smaller shoulders. This results in the same fat feel in the palm, but easier access for the fingers and thumb.

Custom Back Contours

Available for $35 extra

59 Roundback

  • Similar to: 1959 Gibson® Les Paul®
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: .860"
  • Thickness at 12th Fret: .960"

The 59 Roundback is based on early Les Paul® neck dimensions. It is also our contour most similar to the PRS® neck shape.

Clapton

  • Similar to: Early Fender® Eric Clapton signature Strat®
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: .850"
  • Thickness at 12th Fret: .940"

The Clapton features the soft "V" shape popularized by Eric Clapton.

SRV

  • Similar to: Early Fender® Stevie Ray Vaughan signature Strat®
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: .835"
  • Thickness at 12th Fret: .970"

The SRV is based on an asymmetric shape popularized by Stevie Ray Vaughn. It is rounder on the thumb side and slimmer on the finger side, which gives it a nice full feel in the palm while providing easy finger access. Compared to the Wolfgang it is slightly thicker and less off-center.

Wizard

  • Similar to: Ibanez® Wizard II neck
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: .750"
  • Thickness at 12th Fret: .820"

The Wizard is a thin, flat shape that became popular in the 80's and remains so today. Easy access and speedy fretting define this shape.

Wolfgang

  • Similar to: Peavey® Wolfgang®
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: .815"
  • Thickness at 12th Fret: .940"

The Wolfgang is based on an asymmetric shape popularized by Eddie Van Halen. It is rounder on the thumb side and slimmer on the finger side - a very comfortable shape that feels both quick and substantial. Compared to the SRV it is thinner and more off-center.

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