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‘61 SG neck vs. Standard

dieselweasel

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I live in Washington state, just acquired 61 SG locally… i A/B'd these two and the necks were predictably way different. The 61' was super thin...BUT it seemed quite wide! Almost felt like an Acoustic neck. Is that true? I know the nut widths are the same but I think the 61' slim taper widens out really fast or something. I asked Gibson and they had zero info on width at 12th fret vs 1st etc so lame).


The Standard neck felt like a Strat neck but with a bit more shoulder to it. I can't tell which I liked more (didn't get to play each for an hour and fretboard was bone dry).


Can anyone shed some light on the 61' neck and if that's a good thing or not? (I've heard tune stability is poor with the thin neck).
 

c_wester

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The 2015 had wide necks. If it was a 2015. Still, the necks can be all over the place.
 

jb_abides

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Can anyone shed some light on the 61' neck and if that's a good thing or not? (I've heard tune stability is poor with the thin neck).

Only you can determine which feels best. Personal preference. Current crop ]and recent] 61 SlimTaper versus Rounded (C, 50s) descriptions are widely available online, same nut width.

Own SGs with both types: I haven't experienced any tuning stability differences between these two... or anything 'out of the ordinary' for modern Gibsons with Kluson style. If that's the main concern, well I suppose thicker will give more peace of mind.

Most discussion RE SG stability had centered on the heel joint construction, I believe we are long past those days and most folks have issues because of improper nut, tuner issues and poor winding and stretching, or on the other end... bridge issues.
 
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