On another thread I made some comments about the differences in the neck shapes of my 3 Stratocaster. Afterwards I got to wonder about them and which if any was my favourite and why. From the off the one thing that was consistent for me was the Scale. All my guitars are 25 and half Fenders. I’ve only owned these types over my playing days and I honestly struggle with any other, such is the ingrained memory of where the frets are up the neck. Had I owned or played others more regularly I suspect things may be different, but now not very likely. Next the radius. I have again played the vintage 7.25 for the most part, but over the years have had to come to terms with playing a 9.5 modern style. Do I notice the difference - in all honesty not a lot. I think I adapt the bending of strings to the guitar I am playing and know how far they can be pushed, so choking off isn’t a major problem. Alternatively I may not be one who really pushes it too! Do the 9.5s allow me to play faster. No. They are a little easier perhaps, but years of playing vintage ones comes into play here. The fastest, I feel is the Telecaster, though I will often use the Affinity for quicker paced solos. Finally, there is the neck shape. For the most part I have played a C shape, mostly the 60s style, but a thinner modern C shape on the Affinity and latterly a U shape on the Fender Strat. I thought I would really struggle with a larger neck as my hands aren’t that big, but very quickly I’ve got used to it and it is surprisingly quick. The Affinity is much thinner and I change my technique slightly with placing my hand and thumb slightly differently and getting my fingers to arch over the fretboard more, which seems to help compensate for the variation in the width of the neck. Over time this has become automatic so isn’t a problem. It’s a different feeling entirely with the SQ an Tele as those feel like coming home. You just know where everything is and can relax. So which is the best. In the end it depends on what I want to play. I do have certain limitations and preferences, but to my mind we can place too much emphasis on things like scale, radius and shape and it can be to our detriment as players. I’m aware I have got fixed on the scale of a neck because of my love of Fender and Squier guitars. But surprisingly for the other aspects, I like the vintage feel of a 60s neck, but when it comes down to it this isn’t something I worry so much about. Anyway let’s know your thoughts and feelings on guitar necks. And we didn’t even get going on rosewood v maple v any other!