Just how thick is the Fender Steve Harris neck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nurnay, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. nurnay

    nurnay Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Chico, CA
    I'm used to playing a Stingray, which is fairly thick. Is the SH model that much thicker?
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Yes, and it has a wider nut than your Stingray too. It's simply massive IMO.
  3. She's a handful...and with no neck dive.
  4. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    I like stingray and most pbass necks but the steve harris neck is just ridiculously thick, Id stay away from it
  5. StevieMac

    StevieMac Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    I don’t have a measurement for you but it’s definitely pretty thick front to back. Personally I like it and I have really small hands. Fender specs say its 1 3/4” wide at the nut but mine is 1 5/8”.

    I never thought I’d like a neck that thick but I do. My fretting hand seems to get fatigued less and I don’t find it any more difficult to play than my basses that have thinner necks.

    I have another pbass that also has a 1 5/8” nut width but is much thinner front to back and for me the Harris neck is WAY more comfortable. YMMV.

    It's been a LONG time since I played a stingray so I can't help you with a direct comparison.
  6. Thrash3r


    Aug 5, 2013
    It's thicker than a Stingray but I never found it an issue, if anything I found the SH more comfortable to play.
  7. ynot12

    ynot12 Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2012
    Elk Grove Village, IL
    I had one of the rare 1 5/8 nut Steve Harris necks and it was one of my favorite P Basses. It was a handful, but a surprisingly comfortable handful. And I have medium sized hands.
  8. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    Yep they're nice chunky necks that seem to stay in tune for ever. I think the 1 3/4" nuts are actually the rare ones despite the published specs.