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Buildermike
02-06-2013, 04:54 PM
I can play any of the PRS neck carves past and present comfortably. But the one that feels the most at home the second I grab it is the Wide Fat carve. What is your favorite?

LJD
02-06-2013, 05:33 PM
Wide fat for sure. The current Pattern shoulder shape just doesn't cut it for big hands.

11top
02-06-2013, 05:51 PM
I voted wide fat, but pattern is nice, too.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
02-06-2013, 05:55 PM
Santana for those of us with meat hooks.

I once heard a fellow forumite say "Wide/Thin necks should be illegal". It is safe to say, I agree. :D

CantankerousCarl
02-06-2013, 05:56 PM
I am a sucker for a good wide thin - that's what my first CU24 had, and that "feels PRS" to me.

clcwarlock
02-06-2013, 06:32 PM
I can play wide thin or pattern regular but I think I prefer pattern regular now.

Mikegarveyblues
02-06-2013, 06:52 PM
Wide fat all the way!

That profile seems just about perfect for me. The wide thin on my SE C24 is taking a bit of getting used to.

PRSHB2
02-06-2013, 07:10 PM
Wide Fat is my favorite, but Pattern feels fine to me as well. Never owned any of the others, but I do know I couldn't stand the neck on a R0 I used to own. Felt like I was holding a straw.

Fbrandw
02-06-2013, 07:16 PM
Love love love the pattern thin....I can't get along with my pattern neck at all now after just an hour with my pattern thin the day it arrived.

swede71
02-06-2013, 07:43 PM
With the current PRS neckshapes,where does my Regular D fit in?That neckshape and the Fender Eric Clapton soft V neckshape is my fav necks of all time.

bluefade
02-06-2013, 07:49 PM
WIDE FAAAATTT... FEELS LIKE YOU'RE PLAYING A MUSICAL HOWITZER...LOVE THAT TAPER ON THE BEAST...FILLS THE OLE PAW REAL FINE...OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dirty Bob
02-06-2013, 08:14 PM
I honestly have no idea which way to vote...I get along with all of the carves....the new pattern regular with the 25.5 scale on the 305 is pretty badass....as is the standard on my TGS 85 tribute.....the Dirty100 is the widest fattest wide fat I've ever come across and just feels right.....wide thin was the first carve I ever held and feels like home...the Santana carve just works with 24.5....I own more wide fats then any other carve....my Thorns are basically wide fat specs....hmmmm....I don't like super huge baseball bat fenders or the huge early Lester carves...or super thin shredders for that matter,,,..I guess the PRS carves just work for me....


I'm leaning toward the standard and the pattern regular....just because they are a bit of a novelty lately for me....and I can't get over how comfortable they are....hmmm..

my current lineup though indicates wide fat is where it's at.


ehh...I can't decide....I'm gonna pick one at random.

markie
02-06-2013, 08:17 PM
W/T......... But I can live with any of them. It's just not a big deal to me!

sergiodeblanc
02-06-2013, 08:48 PM
I voted Regular/Standard, I think that's what's on my 93CE? It's not W/T or W/F I can tell you that. I adapt easily so there is nothing I "hate" or "can't/won't" play, just varying degrees of love.

cjmwrx
02-06-2013, 09:04 PM
Wide Thin here. My LP Standard has a beefier (Asymmetrical) neck than my PRS. I find I can fret on the PRS much smoother, with exceedingly more comfort. Much easier to fret with my thumb.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
02-06-2013, 09:21 PM
WIDE FAAAATTT... FEELS LIKE YOU'RE PLAYING A MUSICAL HOWITZER...LOVE THAT TAPER ON THE BEAST...FILLS THE OLE PAW REAL FINE...OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ9cm_ovGvI

Steph
02-06-2013, 10:57 PM
Wide Thin for small hands used to play on classicals. But as PRSH is reputed to have said himself: That name is kind of odd as the W/T shape is not that wide and not that thin...

tiboy
02-07-2013, 05:45 AM
Pattern regular for me.

CoreyT
02-07-2013, 05:54 AM
I like the wide/thin necks the best like on my SE Tremonti Custom and SE Custom 24.
I bond better with those necks better than the wide/fat neck on my SE Santana.

My 408 MT I ordered is getting the pattern thin, so I hope it is similar.

My Gibson SG '61 Reissue also has a slim neck 60s profile they call it, and I like that too.

DISTORT6
02-07-2013, 08:46 AM
Wide Fat.
Fits my hand just right.

QueenCityGuitars
02-07-2013, 09:12 AM
I voted wide fat, but pattern is nice, too.

My sentiments exactly.

Twinfan
02-07-2013, 09:34 AM
My sentiments exactly.

I'm the opposite - Pattern, but Wide Fat is nice!

vchizzle
02-07-2013, 01:04 PM
Wide fat but pattern suits me just fine too.

Gnal
02-07-2013, 01:39 PM
I voted 'Wide Fat' though I wish there was a 'Wide Fat or Pattern' option. I have 4 PRS now, 2 with Wide Fat and 2 with Pattern. I honestly cannot feel a difference between the two. At least, not anything significant.

MykeWright
02-07-2013, 06:27 PM
Wide Fat, although a bit wider and even fatter would be better (possibly). Always liked the Santana carve but it felt more like a boatcarve/soft V to me.

Sage
02-07-2013, 07:09 PM
Wide thin, without a doubt. If I could get a HB II with a wide/thin neck I would.

geese_com
02-07-2013, 08:38 PM
Pattern thin. Almost reminds me of my favorite neck of all time, the Music Man Axis.

Woundtight
02-07-2013, 09:46 PM
No DGT love?

I like'em all, but a DGT just feels like home.

Egads
02-07-2013, 10:34 PM
My first was a wide/thin and made me fall in love with PRS. It's the only w/t I've had. I'm fine with everything else, though.

Does anyone know how the "513" carve fits in with the Pattern series? My 513 is an '08 and the specs just said 513 carve.

LSchefman
02-08-2013, 10:19 AM
I like Pattern and Pattern Regular best, but honestly, I've got no problem with any PRS neck carve.

John Beef
02-08-2013, 10:28 AM
Ugh, I hit Wide thin on accident, I meant to hit Wide fat. It's that kind of morning.

rugerpc
02-08-2013, 10:50 AM
From the PRS website:

PATTERN NECK SHAPES - CURRENT

Neck shapes have always been a high priority for PRS and a hallmark of our quality. A guitar should feel comfortable, like "home," as soon as you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. These new neck shapes reflect modern tooling and programming that allows us to even more preciously shape and consistently reproduce our necks.

Perfected after years of prototyping, the new "Pattern" neck is an updated Wide Fat PRS neck style based on Paul’s pre-factory design. These necks were found on the instruments built for Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton and Howard Leese from the late 70’s to the mid 80’s.

The new "Pattern Regular" neck shape is similar to the traditional PRS regular neck found on guitars made in the late 80’s at PRS’s former Virginia Avenue location.

The "Pattern Thin" neck is an updated version of PRS’s traditional Wide Thin neck.

FORMER NECK SHAPES

The Regular (sometimes called Standard) neck is a round neck shape that is 1/32 narrower and not quite as thick front to back as our Wide Fat neck.

The Wide Fat neck has the same nut width as the Wide Thin neck, but it has a deeper profile. Because of its strength and longer "heel", the Wide Fat neck produces warm tones with lots of sustain.

The Wide Thin neck has a thinner profile front to back than the Wide Fat. It is a favorite of fast players and lead guitar players.

WIDTH OF THE FRETBOARD AT THE NUT:

* Pattern, Wide Fat - 1 11/16"
* Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 1 11/16"
* Pattern Regular, Regular - 1 21/32"

WIDTH AT THE BODY

* Pattern, Wide Fat - 2 1/4"
* Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 2 1/4"
* Pattern Regular, Regular - 2 1/4"

NECK DEPTH AT THE NUT

* Pattern, Wide Fat - 27/32"
* Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 25/32"
* Pattern Regular, Regular - 27/32"

Essentially there appears to be only 3 choices for neck carve.
1. Pattern (Wide Fat)
2. Pattern Thin (Wide Thin)
3. Pattern Regular (Regular)

I can find no unique dimensions for "Santana" or "DGT" on "513" other than the Santana is 11 1/2" radius instead of 10" and has a scale length of 24 1/2 " instead of 25". Scale length of the 513 is 24 1/4 ". Does anyone have hard data on the other specs for the Santana or 513 neck carve?

Does anyone know the specs on the DGT neck carve? Or are they just one of the standard three (non 12 string) choices?

Whatever the unique dimensions of the Santana, DGT and 513, and lacking any other data, it would seem that:
A vote for Pattern is also a vote for Wide Fat and vice versa. (28 as of this post)
A vote for Pattern Thin is also a vote for Wide Thin and vice versa. (16 as of this post)
A vote for Pattern Regular is also a vote for Regular and vice versa. (10 as of this post)

Dirty Bob
02-08-2013, 10:55 AM
From the PRS website:

WIDTH OF THE FRETBOARD AT THE NUT:

* Pattern, Wide Fat - 1 11/16"
* Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 1 11/16"
* Pattern Regular, Regular - 1 21/32"

WIDTH AT THE BODY

* Pattern, Wide Fat - 2 1/4"
* Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 2 1/4"
* Pattern Regular, Regular - 2 1/4"

NECK DEPTH AT THE NUT

* Pattern, Wide Fat - 27/32"
* Pattern Thin, Wide Thin - 25/32"
* Pattern Regular, Regular - 27/32"

Essentially there appears to be only 3 choices for neck carve.
1. Pattern (Wide Fat)
2. Pattern Thin (Wide Thin)
3. Pattern Regular (Regular)

I can find no unique dimensions for "Santana" or "DGT" on "513" other than the Santana is 11 1/2" radius instead of 10" and has a scale length of 24 1/2 " instead of 25". Scale length of the 513 is 24 1/4 ". Does anyone have hard data on the other specs for the Santana or 513 neck carve?

Does anyone know the specs on the DGT neck carve? Or are they just one of the standard three (non 12 string) choices?

Lacking any other data, it would seem that:
A vote for Pattern is also a vote for Wide Fat and vice versa.
A vote for Pattern Thin is also a vote for Wide Thin and vice versa.
A vote for Pattern Regular is also a vote for Regular and vice versa.

It seems the shoulders differ....in direct comparison.

rugerpc
02-08-2013, 11:05 AM
It seems the shoulders differ....in direct comparison.

Yeah, I was reading that... I edited my post to include the website description of the current carves.

LJD
02-08-2013, 04:34 PM
The depth and width of the wide fat and pattern may be the same, but in regards to the shoulder carve... no way. I hope this poll/thread makes it's way back to the folks who design the necks. I hate the pattern carve compared to the wide fat, or wide thin as well. There, I said it.

Dirty Bob
02-09-2013, 07:06 AM
You know I was playing wide fat carves last night and it definitely gave my hand less fatigue than the pattern regular...very subtle but there....I wouldn't have even paid attention to this if it hadnt been for this thread...then again it's hard to tell because I was playing different scale lengths...

ArtG
02-09-2013, 10:19 AM
Satin finished WF feels just right in my hands

izzyizborn
02-09-2013, 11:03 AM
I'll say W/F, only because it's the CU22 that I've been closest to over the years, but I enjoy the DGT, Pattern Regular, and Pattern thin just the same.

jrw32
02-09-2013, 06:02 PM
Pattern Thin. Used to be Wide-Thin, but I think the Pattern Thin's actually a little comfier...feels like there is just a hair more beef to the neck. Feels a lot like a Gibson 60s profile, which I like. Only Wide-Fat I've gotten along with was a McRosie, perhaps because of the unfinished rosewood neck.

David Grantham
02-10-2013, 06:00 PM
I like both Wide Fat and Pattern. Here's why I like Pattern. ( somebody pass the lotion ) lol. Ok name this chord?

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp226/davidgrantham/Stretch.jpg

The JA15 also has incredible upper fret access!

altoidman
02-10-2013, 06:44 PM
Easy, wide fat.