8 string neck profiles

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  1. jwade

    jwade Doooooooooom

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    So I've never owned an 8 string. I've played quite a few for short bursts at stores, and rented an RG8 for a week awhile back. As I'm about to start carving the neck of the 8 I'm building, I thought it might be a good idea to open a discussion about neck profiles.

    Enough of you guys are familiar with/own/have built a good variety of 8s, so I'm wondering I anyone would like to chime in on your preferred neck profiles for 8s.
     
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    I've had a couples of 8s

    My favorite profile so far is that of my Aristides 080.
    Normally guitar necks go from thin to thick, and this one its just the opposite :)
    This goes from like the "thick" part of a ibby neck to a insanely slim after the 12 fret.
    You have enough thickness at the first frets for chords and cosmic speed thinness afterwards. Reminded me of the idea of a Endureneck without that trapezoid shape (where again it starts really thick to thin).That and the almost non-existent "heel" make up for the best upper fret access ever.The shape would be a C-shape to an almost Thin U shape imo. Best profile so far. I find it more comfortable and faster than my Ibanez 1527 Neck.

    My second spot is for the Ibanez RG852 I had. This one is also #1 on my Ibanez neck list. It was fast and slim but not as extreme as flat as the early ibanez necks, had more of "C" shape. What I liked the most is that I felt like I was playing a 7 String neck rather than a 8. It had a bit more of string spacing but I found that perfect for those licks where you have to tap the first notes with your left hand and tap chords with your right hand. Like I did not feel like I was cramped but more like I had "more room to play with".

    I also had a DC800 with a 3 piece walnut and 2 maple stripe construction. The walnut made the neck have a great almost porous feel akin to wenge in my hands. The C-shape made it easier to play for extended amounts of time than flatter Ibby necks that I had tried like the 2228 and Rg8. However, I think this was one of those "slimmer neck" option because I bought a Vader 7 afterwards and that one was much more fatter than this one.

    I also used to have an Agile 828 that had a baseball bat as a neck profile. Worst ever :)
     
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    Ibanez necks are too thin and flat for my large hands to play for very long before they, my wrists, and my arms become inflamed. Schecter was a better fit but I got an Agile Intrepid instead and its closer to the Schecter. I'm weird, I like narrow baseball bat necks
     
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    I find my RG7621 a little bit tough to play for overly long periods before I need to switch to my SG or LP for awhile. I'm guessing that the profile on the TAM100 (19 mm/21 mm) and the M8M (19.5/21.5) wouldn't be overly compatible with me.
     
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    I wish ibanez would have a fatter neck option. I love Ibbies but the skinny neck is their biggest downfall for me. I swore by a nice round Fender C shape until I picked up a PRS. I almost never get sore now. I'd be interested to feel a PRS 8 neck..
     
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    I think I'll probably go with something like my SG, .85/.92
     

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