Squier Neck Question

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by JK202, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. JK202

    JK202 Squier Talker

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    Hey Everyone,

    Two months ago I got my 2005 Affinity Strat and two weeks ago I got my 2018 Bullet Tele. I thought I would love the Strat (I also have an 2005 '51) but the neck is too narrow for me at 40mm below the nut. The Tele is 42mm and I just love the feel of it (polished the frets).

    I imagine it might be a simple job to replace the Strat's neck or am I missing something that I don't know?

    Scanning with Google reveals some very pricey necks - more than I paid for the guitar itself!

    Where might I pick up a 42mm neck like my Tele or do I need to get a cheap Tele guitar and cannibalize it?

    Thanks!

    JK
     
  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

    Sep 27, 2014
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    Sell the Affinity, buy another Squier Strat with a 42mm width nut....the Affinity to me has a garbage neck I can't play for that very reason. That is the best and most economical way to go about it.

    No point in buying a neck for like $100-150 and then risking the chance it won't even fit, or that it has unlevel frets, a truss rod issue, etc....
     
  3. Dave M

    Dave M Squier-Nut

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    First off there is no such thing as a cheap tele..:(...The HH bullets are normally 90 to 150 used. Market and Availability.. other than random place's like CL...anywhere you fine a Used squier tele for sale it won't last long...like this one over priced it been up for awhile.... https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Squier/Telecaster-HH-Solid-Body-Electric-Guitar-114982710.gc
    there's on in NY GC they want 199 !!!!
    But tele necks don't fit on strats...keep a look out for squier standard necks on ebay....I personally dont like the price they want for used necks...if you wait the whole guitar will be cheaper....
     
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  4. Dave M

    Dave M Squier-Nut

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    great advice !!!! But i did buy a standard from GC with a crap neck, popin' frets and frets that were pushing out the rosewood, got a great deal on E-bay.won it .$70 Shipped.perfect neck ! ..Now I'm going to learn refretting....!!!
     
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  5. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    Sell or trade the affinity for a SE or NC - both have great necks !
     
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  6. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

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    Here's a neck for ya :)

    Rosewood

    http://www.squier-talk.com/threads/bullet-strat-neck-tuners-60-shipped.152312/

    Maple

    http://www.squier-talk.com/threads/fender-starcaster-strat-maple-cxs-neck-60-shipped.151893/
     
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  7. IronSchef

    IronSchef Squier-holic

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    Flew here on my Dragonfly
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  8. DoctorBB

    DoctorBB Squier-Meister

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    That’s why I stay away from Affinity’s. Don’t care for the thin body or narrow nuts. I like SE and Starcaster.
     
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  9. jvin248

    jvin248 Squier-Meister

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    It's not the 41 vs 42mm ... it's the method of the carving on the back of the neck. If the carve starts from the front edge of the fretboard, so the fretboard has nearly a knife edge, most of the shoulders on the back are removed and the circumference is dramatically reduced. They do this on Squier Strats to 'help the kids learn to play', but they should really make two sets of necks. The chunkier feeling ones have flats on the sides of the fretboard where the carve starts behind the fretboard glue line. There is more wood back there and a larger circumference.

    Sometimes, if there is a picture of the back of the neck, you can see fretboard on both sides and know it's the narrow carve. If you only see fretboard on one side or neither (if square on picture) then you know it will be the more chunky neck carve.

    I stick to the Starcasters and even non-Squier that do a better job copying MIM/MIA. I kind of gave up on Squier Strats because of the too thin necks. Some Squier Teles have the thin carve like the Squier Strats and some the chunkier carve. Not identified and price point doesn't matter. I have an Affinity Tele with a chunky neck and a Standard Squire Tele that has the thin Strat carve.

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  10. JK202

    JK202 Squier Talker

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    Thx KM.. I'm acronymically-challenged I guess SE is Special Edition but what's NC?

    Cheers,

    JK
     
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  11. JK202

    JK202 Squier Talker

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    Thanks Jvin248, I learned something else :)

    JK
     
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  12. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    @jefffam @Eddie - these guys know the fine points - it's a "series" of Squier's
     
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    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

  14. TEXINGA

    TEXINGA Squier-Meister

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    Dec 7, 2018
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    I have to say I love my Affinity Strat, great price and weight. and the 9.5 radius is fine.

    fullsize.jpg backplate112577.jpg backfensqui4.jpg
     
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  15. alan s

    alan s Squier Talker

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    That is a lovely guitar Tex,welldone.

    Interesting thread on neck widths,I have a recently upgraded an Affinity with a 40mm nut and thin body ,I really enjoy playing it now with the new Alnico pickups ,non staggered poles ! :)
    I also have several other guitars with wider 43mm necks (Ibanez SA 360 very thin neck) which is also very comfortable to play.
    But everyone to their own,whatever suits you best.

    Alan
     
  16. VMamp

    VMamp Squier Talker

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    I guess we all have our own preferences but I much prefer my 22fret 41mm neck on my 2000 Standard. I liked it so much that when a neck from the same year came up on EBAY I bought it.

    The quality of the Maple is higher, getting on for 20years old, if it ain't twisted or bowing by now it never will, Rosewood fretboard with the pearl dot inlays and a great C profile beats my 42mm neck by a long way. Looking at the truss rod nut I get the impression that the truss rod itself may be more substantial.
     
  17. TEXINGA

    TEXINGA Squier-Meister

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    Dec 7, 2018
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    Its funny you just never know what you will get with a Squire, I purchased a COMPENSATED 1 5/8' BRASS NUT, made no adjustments just popped it right in, and I have a cheap affinity brassnutcompen.jpg
     
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  18. SpeedKing

    SpeedKing Squier-holic

    Apr 9, 2015
    UK
    Interesting thread.

    I have a beautiful Indonesian Squier VM70 with 42mm nut and a really thin neck.

    I have a simply incredibly beautiful MIJ Fender '72 Re-issue with 42mm nut and a nice chunky neck I love.

    I also have a Squier MIC Affinity with 40.6mm replacement bone nut cut to v. slightly expand the string spacing and a nice chunky neck.

    To me the Affinity is a close second to the MIJ.
     
  19. daveydog

    daveydog Squier Talker

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  20. TEXINGA

    TEXINGA Squier-Meister

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    Dec 7, 2018
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    Amazon, The Locking tuners are Fender Built and the bridge is made of of several bridges put together so it would work. Also my saddles and a hybrid, they look like stamp metal but they are like a Telecaster and solid and have a string grove.
     
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