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Neck thickness from Bean to Bean

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stanko

PostPosted: 01/26/2007 at 11:15 AM    Post subject: Neck thickness from Bean to Bean link

Hi folks. Never posted here before but have lurked much.

I've got 1000s 1157, and it's got a monster neck, thick like a Sequoia. A friend has 500 175, and it has a much slimmer neck. My friend also has two 2000 basses, one with a slim-ish neck and one with a pretty thick one.

Can anyone tell me: does this inconsistency in neck thickness hold true for the whole Bean line? I've played other Beans, but it's been so long that I just don't remember.

Thanks for any help on this question.

BTW, I'm not using "inconsistent" in a derogatory sense, just a descriptive one.

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rob

PostPosted: 01/26/2007 at 1:21 PM    Post subject: RE:Neck thickness from Bean to Bean link

from what i understand some necks are hollowed out and others don't. this may have something to do with it. also, the thicker (or thinner necks for that matter) may be custom orders for some reason. couldn't tell you without seeing the guitars themselves, but this would be my guess.

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Kevin

PostPosted: 01/28/2007 at 7:13 PM    Post subject: RE:Neck thickness from Bean to Bean link

They varied mostly due to the way they were machined. A big pc of billet(something like 4x4 or 5x4) was spun on a lathe to get the neck profile then split in 2. From there it was cut down to the final dimensions, so every step was up to the machinist cutting them. .100 isnt much in all reality, but when its on a guitar neck it makes a huge difference.

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Johan

PostPosted: 02/02/2007 at 7:10 AM    Post subject: RE:Neck thickness from Bean to Bean link

Hi ! i have 2 tb1000s , one is early modell(#114) and the other one is a late number (#1509?)there are a big differens in the thickness of the necks on thoose two, #114 has a slim neck and #1509 has a pretty thick neck. i have never played any other early number beans besides mine but all the late number beans i have played (4 or 5) all had pretty thick necks.Does any one know if the changed the thickness standard of the necks during time ? in other words , early numbers had slim necks and late numbers thick necks ?
/Johan

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guitarcharlie

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PostPosted: 07/08/2007 at 8:41 PM    Post subject: RE:Neck thickness from Bean to Bean link

It would be interesting to know when the neck sizes changed and the variation that occurred over the years. The recently posted #100 also has a very skinny neck (37mm or about 1 7/16") I played artist #4xx and it was skinny but not that skinny. My two mid-late standards (#13xx) are 1 5/8". One early standard #2xx is almost 1 3/4".

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old-bohemian

PostPosted: 07/09/2007 at 9:48 AM    Post subject: RE:Neck thickness from Bean to Bean link

Maybe the neck thickness had something to do with the transition from solid aluminum necks to hollowed out necks. The solid ones were thin, and the hollowed ones had to be thicker to preserve its sturdiness or some other factor? Note "Angie14's" post in forum Wanted/For sale - TB T-shirts has an anecdote about the time when the solid versus hollow neck approach was being discussed.

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guitarcharlie

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PostPosted: 07/09/2007 at 1:03 PM    Post subject: RE:Neck thickness from Bean to Bean link

I'm pretty sure the neck widening occurred well before the hollow neck change. Both of my wide horn standards (#13xx) have the non hollow neck detail and a 1 5/8" nut width. While my early standard (#2xx) has the widest nut I've seen at almost 1 3/4". I am curious when the hollow neck change occurred. I think it was pretty late. Any other measurements out there?

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PostPosted: 07/09/2007 at 1:23 PM    Post subject: RE:Neck thickness from Bean to Bean link

Hello

My #8xx Standard has 1 3/4 width nut. Interesting to see 2xx - 8xx at least have that thickness. I really like the the nut to be around 1 3/4. My EGC Standard is 1 5/8.

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ECC803S

PostPosted: 07/09/2007 at 2:23 PM    Post subject: RE:Neck thickness from Bean to Bean link

... #100 with the 37mm nut has a hollow neck.

Years ago I had access to an X-Ray tester (where we once checked cast-aluminum housings for cavities and bubbles).
I was curious if #100 has a hollow neck or not, and could clearly identify two cavities.
One, in the area between A5 / D4 and the other between G3 / B2 starting from the
1st fret to ..- say 19th fret, as I remember.

Cheers !

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