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Dear Emily: "What's Up With Neck Profiles" Edition

Posted by cfmartinguitar

Dear Emily, 

I'm a beginner guitar player and need of some advice. What is up with neck profiles? I don't know where to start.--Beginner Dan



Custom Shop Administrator- Emily

Dear Beginner Dan,

When it comes to finding the right neck for your hand, there are two things to keep in mind- the profile (back of the barrel) and the spacing.

For a beginner, I would recommend a low profile or a modified low oval barrel. Both are on the smaller end of the spectrum and are easier to hold and move around. A D-28 is an example of a low profile and the 000-15M is an example of a modified low oval barrel. 

When it comes to spacing, I recommend a 1 11/16" or 1 3/4" at the nut for a beginner. These are on the thinner side and feel less daunting.

You can mix and match all kinds of profiles and spacing at the Martin Custom Shop.

Of course it all comes down to trying out different necks and see what feels right to you. Maybe you have sasquatch hands like me which makes the full thickness of the V a perfect fit! --Emily 

Contact your local Authorized Martin dealer to start your custom shop guitar or to try out a model. You can find your nearest dealer here.

Emily has worked at Martin Guitar for 8 years. She has been cross-trained in every aspect of guitar building and currently serves as the Martin Guitar Custom Shop Administrator. Ask Emily is an advice column that will appear bi-monthly on the Martin Guitar Blog.

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