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Anyone ever filed their neck down so it's thinner?


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Hey,

I came to buying a Mustang (from a Jag and before that a LesP) b/c I has small feminine hands hehe. The short scale of the Mustang is good although the neck is still a bit too thick for me to properly get my thumb over/it gives me cramps.

Has anyone ever filed their neck down so it's a lot thinner? Is this a bad idea/does it hurt tone? It'd prob help me a lot!

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Its common (not among fender players though) but its not filed, its sanded, and mostly done by professional Luthiers. Which I advise in this case. You do it yourself you can risk fvcking it right up.

Guitar teachers (of which I've never been to one :mrgreen: ) will say "you shouldn't have your thumb over it" anyways. But I'm guilty of this all the time myself, I cant get out of it and really dont care.

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Its common (not among fender players though) but its not filed, its sanded, and mostly done by professional Luthiers. Which I advise in this case. You do it yourself you can risk fvcking it right up.

Guitar teachers (of which I've never been to one :mrgreen: ) will say "you shouldn't have your thumb over it" anyways. But I'm guilty of this all the time myself, I cant get out of it and really dont care.

LOL I do the same, but my hands are monsters. Only my fatneck tele is big enough for me not to. :)

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I do it on guitar necks as thick as Les Paul customs, vintage mustangs, they are .900" at 1st fret. So I dunno how big that makes my hands. :mrgreen:

Japanese Jags are around .830" and american around .850". The 61 SG is .800".

My thinest neck is .767" and thickest .900". So long as it has big frets I dont care much but do kinda prefer thinner like around .800"-.850"

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  • 5 weeks later...

Necks can be vulnerable to breaking, especially near the nut. With that immense string tension...someone compared it to standing the guitar on end with a small adult balanced on the top edge of the headstock...whew! I'd learn to live with the Mustang neck.

Doug

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