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    Two Pattern Necks, Two Very Different Necks

    I have a new 2013 Hollowbody II that I love. The neck is a Pattern Neck, as stated on the tag.
    I just got a used 2013 408MT. The neck is a Pattern Neck, as stated on the tag. However, it feels quite a bit thinner.

    I am not 100% sure how to quote the Micrometer as a decimal, but am attaching photos to show the difference at the first fret as well as the hang tags.

    Is there a variance for the spec to a Pattern Neck? Do they vary this much typically? Or might there be an error on the spec from PRS for one of these guitars?

    I don't think there's anything to be done about it - really just want to know.

    Thanks,
    Bob

    Here's the 408:



    Here's the HB-II:



    And here are the hang tags (yes, the serials match the guitars):


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    The 408 could have pattern or pattern thin. I don't know for sure but I'm wondering if the hang tag is wrong...

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    Bob, is that a metric or English micrometer?

    Sorry for the grainy pic, but I found this as some instructions on how to get the exact measurements.

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    The 408 has a Pattern Thin neck. Unfortunately your hang tag is wrong.

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    That's what I suspected, Shawn. These ARE available with a regular Pattern neck, though, aren't they?

    Thanks,
    Bob

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    John, it's measured in inches, not mm.

    Thanks,
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    Bob,

    sorry about that...I was told it was a Pattern and the tag "confirmed" that.

    It felt a little different to me, but as you know I haven't been playing ANY of my guitars lately due to the flood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    The 408 has a Pattern Thin neck. Unfortunately your hang tag is wrong.
    Doesn't the MODCAT thingy tell the neck carve?
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    Quote Originally Posted by uburoibob View Post
    That's what I suspected, Shawn. These ARE available with a regular Pattern neck, though, aren't they?

    Thanks,
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    Yes, Pattern or Pattern Thin

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    SO, if I understand correctly
    the 408 has somewhat closer to a pattern thin neck ?

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    No, bob thought he had a pattern neck, the hang tag said it was pattern, his retailer said it was pattern, but it's actually a pattern thin . The tag is incorrectly labelled.

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    The person I bought it from and I thought we were getting a Pattern Neck, due to the hang tag, but it's a Pattern Thin neck.

    The MODCAT seems to verify that it's a pattern thin with the first T in the second set of letters/numbers.

    Here's the MODCAT: 48M2F_HTNST_LL_NB_B4

    I am giving playing on a Pattern Thin neck my best shot. It's not bad, by any stretch of the imagination. Just different right now from the PRSi I am used to.

    Heck, I've got a couple of Parker Flys from the Ken days. Those are mighty thin! This oughta be fine.

    I'll put a little sticky with the hang tag that corrects it in case I sell it or arrange for a trade with someone who's got a Pattern but would prefer a Pattern Thin.

    Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desperado View Post
    No, bob thought he had a pattern neck, the hang tag said it was pattern, his retailer said it was pattern, but it's actually a pattern thin . The tag is incorrectly labelled.

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    Ouch. Good luck adjusting. I know I would have a pretty rough time. I like Wide/Fat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    Ouch. Good luck adjusting. I know I would have a pretty rough time. I like Wide/Fat.
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