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    I have been playing a Gibson Les Paul Studio. I have small hands and need a better neck configuration. I will never be a performer but I will play for my own enjoyment. I do expect my tools (guitar) to fit well and therein lies my problem.

    I need a guitar neck and body that would fit short puggy fingers. I am also short. I don't want to buy and sell a number of guitars so I will sell my current guitar. Here is the thing I tried a PRS 1995 I believe it was a 24. Loved the guitar. It fit very well. I need some advice based on the info I have given. What model should I narrow in on. I like clear clean tones. I play old rock. Joe

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    I too have short, pudgy fingers, and I've not met a PRS neck profile I haven't liked. Even the wide/fat feels good to me, and I despise the big ol' Gibson baseball bats. What's your price range?
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

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    PRS has that rounder fretboard radius that really appeals to me. Close to Fender in terms of chording ease, but with added bend-ability. That 25'' scale is what got me sold on. It's also got this special neck shape, that isn't purely C or D or V. It's more like a fusion of all the best things in guitar necks.

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    I have small hands also the Pattern and the Wide Fat 25" scale does it for me !!!
    Look at a CU22 or a 408 with a WF or Pattern Neck I believe you will be HAPPY if you want something just a bit more narrow ( 1/32" ) the Pattern Regular would be for you
    I also have a Studio that has a 60s neck and I find the neck on that guitar wider and thinner that my PRSi
    The X-Factor Gibson ( 50s ) on mu Flying V was just a bit larger than the WF for me ( but nice )
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    The regular or pattern regular is a nice fit for those of us with less than lengthy hands - one of my buddies once said I have "Billy Barty hands". The regular is a great fit - and actually, the DGT is possibly the best carve I've ever played. The pattern necks have rounder shoulders that make them feel a bit smaller, so that may help you as well.
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    Thanks guys you have been a great help. So I guess the best thing is to just try on a couple of different guitars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reconjoe View Post
    Thanks guys you have been a great help. So I guess the best thing is to just try on a couple of different guitars.
    Yep absolutely! Try as many as you can. I was convinced I was going to prefer the Pattern neck when I started looking for my dream PRS, in the end I came back with a Pattern thin, although i'm convinced it's actually halfway between the two!! There's no doubt that my pattern thin feels thicker than the other pattern thins I tried out.

    Enjoy the shopping around......

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    I have the same problem. There's a lot of us out there. PRS has dramatically changed their neck configurations. I have a '08 CE-22 Alder with the wide fat neck. I found it hard to get used to. I still liked say, a start neck by comparison. I just bought a '12 Custom 24 with a thin pattern neck. Bingo!
    I t has the room for fat fingers between the strings and is smaller in circumference. this means the fret board is the same dimensions as the old wide fat neck, yet I can get my hand more easily around it. I bought a new Les Paul Standard but retruned it because I HATED the variable circumference neck. this is a new feature which makes he neck thinner where the high strings are and thicker where the bass strings are. Since I use all of the neck when playing lead, it just wasn't comfortable for me. I think, if I were looking at Les Pauls, I'd favor the '60s necks. The PRS thin pattern neck also took some getting used to but once I did I had excellent string articulation, even in the lower registers.

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    The Gibson "Baseball bat" necks are good in that they add structural reinforcement to a poorly designed guitar. i think it's more of an issue with SG's than Les Pauls. I don't know anyone with a vintage SG that doesn't have cracks along the horn curves or fractured headstocks. It got really bad in the 60's. I have a '67 SG with aforementioned cracks and mine has more of the "Baseball Bat" feel to it, mostly above the eighth fret.

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    I have not come across a PRS neck profile that I have not liked. The fat/wide also feels great for me, as well. What is the estimated cost?

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