Fender Neck Profiles Explained

Posted by The STRATosphere on 17th Aug 2021

Customers often ask for recommendations on which neck profile is the best fit for their hands and playing style. Below is a list of the 3 most popular profiles we offer including key Fender models that each can be found on. It's time to bolt on your next dream neck!

Modern “C” Shape: Thin profile, easy/fast playing, usually 9.5” radius, the Fender gold standard for the past 25 years. These necks have an ultra-comfortable flattened oval shape fit for just about any style (particularly modern rock). They are not cut as deep as “U” or “V” shaped profiles.

American Standard     American Special          Mexican Standard       Blacktop Series

Soft “V” Shape: 50s profile, fit to shape of palm, almost always 1-piece maple, usually 7.25” radius, retro feel. The boat shape "V" was accidentally crafted in the Fender factory back in the 50s. These soft "V" necks are the perfect fit for players who lay down chops with their thumb hanging over the edge of the fingerboard. The profile of choice for Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan.

'50s Classic Strat         Eric Clapton Strat        American Deluxe "V"    Jimmie Vaughan Strat

“U” Shape: Large rounded profile, great for larger hands, usually 7.25” radius, "chunky" feel. Often referred to as “baseball bat” necks they are often featured on vintage/reissue Telecasters. This is a match made in heaven for players with larger stature or those who anchor their thumb on the back or side of the neck. Some believe the extra mass also improves tone/sustain.

American '52 Tele        GE Smith Tele             '69 Thinline Tele          '70s Classic Strat