wide vs thick?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LeeP, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. LeeP


    Aug 22, 2002
    Frankfort, KY
    I've seem some discussions regarding neck thickness and width in which people were using these terms differently.

    I define the width of a neck as the distance from one edge of the fingerboard to the other, and the thickness as the distance from the fingerboard to the back of the neck, as measured through the neck.

    Is this correct?

    (Forgive me if this has been done to death, I did a quick search and didn't find anything similar)
  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    I'd agree with that. I think the most common case of misuse is people referring to width as thickness.
  3. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Sounds right to me.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yep - wide/flat necks = good!
    Thick, narrow neck = very bad!! ;)
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Some may also mean:

    width of neck = width of the outer strings
  6. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    That's the description I use all the time. Flat and wide is my preference. I played a Fender Jazz 4 the other day that just about killed me... very small radius on the neck and fretboard. Everything was very round and C shaped. Some dig it... whatever. After the first few notes I could just feel my Carpal Tunnel starting to flare up.
  7. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Whoa. To much dirty movies for me.

    When I saw the title of this thread......


    Sounds right to me to man.
  8. superphat


    Sep 30, 2001
    i've heard luthiers (and other TB regulars) refer to neck thickness (front to back) as neck PROFILE.
  9. Only


    Sep 8, 2002
    Warrensburg, MO
    I've always used profile to describe the shape of the neck.

    C profiled neck, D profiled neck, etc.
  10. superphat


    Sep 30, 2001
    you're right~
    i guess that was the context i had heard it used in...
    so it wouldn't be wrong to say the neck profile is thick or thin, etc.
  11. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Now that I think of it, I think a lot of the confusion comes when someone says "thin," which can be taken as either narrow side-to-side or shallow front-to-back.
  12. How would you guys define Warwick necks?

    everyone has told me that GSR's have thin necks(my bass)

    I can't tell:confused:

    I only can tell width...

  13. I could make a wiener joke about now......
  14. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    This sounds like a subject you overhear on a "Girls' Night Out". :D
  15. Darn, you beat me to it... :)
  16. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Am I the only wierdo who uses the terms, "string spacing" and "Girth"?
  17. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I use string spacing when I'm getting specific to say like, the strings are 18 mm apart or somethin, but generally I'll say wide and thick. I think I am one of the most impartial players out there as far as neck shapes. I can play the skinny fat ibanez necks or the wide flat conklin ones fine. Maybe I'm nto old enough to feel the pain in my hands yet or something, who knows. Hopefully I won't regret buying the "baseball bat" necked Czech spector. :D
  18. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Warwick necks are generally pretty darn thick. My Corvette had a C-shaped neck with a fairly narrow fingerboard (Jazz bass-like) and a very flat fingerboard. I'm pretty sure all Warwick come with a standard 20" fingerboard radius or something similar to that.
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I'm not sure - that might be confused with the shape of the neck, rather than actual thickness.

    So - you might see the Tobias basses referred to as having an assymetrical neck profile - but it doesn't tell you how thick?
  20. superphat


    Sep 30, 2001
    EXACTLY! i agree with you. (my first post was misleading in the way i worded it) sorry!
    Thickness is just an adjective. it refers to/describes the PROFILE.

    so you could say "X bass has a thick C profile" as opposed to "X bass is thick front to back - don't confuse that with width" :D