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« on: June 29, 2012, 03:24:19 PM »

I've had my Bakersfield just over a month but have'nt had many oppertunities to play it. Last night I gave it a shot but was having trouble the neck felt awkward...I don't have big hands or long fingers... I am not sure if its because I am used to newer style necks on my Fender models. Does it take time to get aquianted with this neck profile or is it just the wrong type for me.
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2012, 04:58:49 PM »

The neck is bigger then the new Fenders but you should be able to adjust.If youi can handle there acoustics the Bakersfield will be easy.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012, 06:00:06 PM »

Thanks for the reply...I was hoping someone would say that...it just may take some time...I would hate to have to get rid of it.
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2012, 06:14:56 PM »

The neck is bigger then the new Fenders but you should be able to adjust.If youi can handle there acoustics the Bakersfield will be easy.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2012, 08:51:21 PM »

Neck size is a personal thing. I find most Fender necks to be way too thin for my liking - I had a very nice American Standard Strat a few years ago that I really liked, but I didn't care for the thin neck, so I sold it. I just play my Warmoth Strats now ... all of them have necks that are similar to the Bakersfield. The neck size was one of the things about it that I really liked when I saw the specs.

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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2012, 11:10:23 PM »

My guess is that your are more feeling the difference between a wide neck and a narrow neck.

The neck profile was one part of the bakersfield that we really took our time on. My friend Nacho Banos (Author of "The Blackguard") was kind enough to take countless profile measurements off some of his early 50's broadcasters/telecasters for me. There was one particular neck from 1952 which stood out to Nacho as "the most comfortable neck he ever felt". We very carefully replicated that neck shape but altered the shoulders to allow for easy behind the nut string bends.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2012, 01:58:17 AM »

My guess is that your are more feeling the difference between a wide neck and a narrow neck.

The neck profile was one part of the bakersfield that we really took our time on. My friend Nacho Banos (Author of "The Blackguard") was kind enough to take countless profile measurements off some of his early 50's broadcasters/telecasters for me. There was one particular neck from 1952 which stood out to Nacho as "the most comfortable neck he ever felt". We very carefully replicated that neck shape but altered the shoulders to allow for easy behind the nut string bends.
Thanks I hope your right....and its the differnce I am feeling...The guitar is beautiful...just sent it out to be set up by one of the best....as I said before I really dont want to get rid of it.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2012, 05:13:37 AM »

I found the Bakersfield neck to be quite different from what I was used to as well but after spending a month with the guitar, and only the Bakersfield, it felt just right in my hands. Also, switching guitars is not a problem once you get used to the profile of the neck.
I as well do not have large hands so I understand what you mean, but stick with it. The guitar is a keeper. I also had mine set up properly by someone who used to build for Larrivee. She did a great job as she does on all my guitars.
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2012, 04:18:33 AM »

Thanks teacycle...I'm convinced it will just take a lil bit of time....Looking forward to getting it back from the tech.
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2012, 02:51:19 PM »

Well...as I stated back on June 29th I had sent my NEW Bakersfield out for set up...turns out it needs a new neck. It is going to be covered under warranty, but I must say still a little dissapointed I probably wont see it till end of July or early August. I am trying everything in my power to convince myself that I didnt make the wrong choice in choosing this guitar.  Anyone else have issues with a New guitar?
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2012, 04:32:38 PM »

Gotta be a pain, I had a bridge lift but opted to get it done locally vs. testing the warranty system and pay shipping at least one-way.  What was wrong with the neck that it turned out to be a warranty item ?
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2012, 05:39:32 PM »

Gotta be a pain, I had a bridge lift but opted to get it done locally vs. testing the warranty system and pay shipping at least one-way.  What was wrong with the neck that it turned out to be a warranty item ?

Gotta be honest...not 100% sure...I sent it in as I was noticing a bunch of string buzz that was not evident when we tried it at the store...took it back and they put new strings on it that did nothing to solve it thats when they suggested to get it set up. Turns out that the truss rod cant be adjusted or is installed incorrectly.. and after the guitar was climatized the problem surfaced...something to that effect... anyways the good news its covered...I guess my expectations were just a little to high and s*** happens. I just did'nt expect it based on the reputation and price...guess its better it was discovered in the first month then a few years later I have several guitars so some very seldom get played some have less the an hour playing time on them....my bad.
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2012, 11:23:54 PM »

HotRod40,

PM sent ... I don't think you're the only one with a neck issue... whistling
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« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2012, 03:16:35 AM »

HotRod40,

PM sent ... I don't think you're the only one with a neck issue... whistling
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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2012, 12:57:31 PM »

Yeah, it may take a little time to get used to if your used to playing thinner necks.  I have a 52 reissue Tele from fender and it's a thick baseball bat neck and I love it!!!! I had an American Standard Tele and it had a really nice playing neck, and I would buy it again, but I really just like the thick necks.  Give your a little time and I think you'll like it.  Now the radius is another hot topic and as long as it feel right to you then rock on with it.
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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2012, 04:17:17 AM »

Preimere Guitar reviewed the Bakersfield and said the fret board could have been rounded more. I guess I should have played mine more, it's still for sale. One problem I had was the neck p/u would not adjust, stripped screw who knows.
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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2012, 04:34:28 AM »

Preimere Guitar reviewed the Bakersfield and said the fret board could have been rounded more.

Tasters Choice on the Fret Board but HERE is the Mag's review
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« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2012, 04:26:50 PM »

Tasters Choice on the Fret Board but HERE is the Mag's review

Good review - remember reading that before I received mine. Even though the neck edges may not be as "rounded" as what Fender now touts on their American Series guitars, I still find it extemely comfortable, but then I really like the thicker Warmoth "boatneck" profile that is very close to the Bakersfield neck shape, and I like 1 3/4 nuts on electrics, too.
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