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    Help me navigate the various EBMM neck profiles

    Hi there,

    In recent months Iíve been looking for a guitar thatís really easy to play. Over that time, Iíve played a few EBMM guitars and I love the finish on the necks. I also love the 1 5/8 nut width.

    Right now I have a Music Zoo Axis in purple quilt with roasted flamed neck at my studio -sent over by a friend to see if I wish to buy it. Itís beautifully made, intonates perfectly, sounds great and the neck feel is amazing Öbut playing on that asymmetrical carve has inflamed a joint in my index finger. Modifying my technique helps, but Iím already doing that to avoid the high and low E strings slipping off.

    If the Axis neck was not asymmetrical and basically was the same on the treble side as the bass side, I think Iíd be more comfortable.

    So hereís my question:

    Of the 1 5/8 nut Ball guitars, which have the deepest, non-asymmetrical neck profiles?

    I already know this:

    JP -too wide/thin for me
    Luke -too tiny for me
    Morse and Valentine: A little small, but acceptable. Iíd like fatter though.

    Iím especially interested if there are any limited editions that popped out with 1 5/8 nut and fat backshapes. Especially Axis models.

    Let me know what you know. I just love the neck finish, and would really like to make my next guitar an EBMM.

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    I want Knuckleheads to volunteer - neck profile project.
    I assume the newer models are not in there yet

    The deepest may be the AL, Armada or a Morse "Dark Lord"
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    I would steer you away from the Silhouette models if you find the Luke necks too small. This process may be successful through process of elimination.
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    Having played two Valentines (regular Toluca Lake Blue and a BFR w/ bound neck) if you like the neck profile but find it a bit slim I'd recommend seeing if you can try out a bound neck version.

    Going purely off memory/recollection, but I think the bound version has a slightly thicker neck (maybe thanks to the binding).

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    The Albert Lee fits the bill. Think of it as a little fatter Axis neck without the asymmetrical carve. It’s a very comfortable guitar to play and if you go the HH route its got the same HB’s as the Axis. The rosewood neck is really nice as well, though the roasted maple on the 2021 version should brighten it up a little. I’m an Axis guy and the AL neck is as close to the Axis as I can find without being an Axis.
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    Agree with Stratty316. My AL neck feels like a slightly fatter Axis neck.

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    Also look for a used Reflex or 25th Anniversary. They were not thin, right?

    And as banjoplayer said, the Morse "Dark Lord" was a pretty thick neck, made initially to Joe Bonamassa's specifications (with Morse's blessing).
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    Thanks everyone for your comments!

    Looks like the AL is the path to pursueÖ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shankly View Post
    Thanks everyone for your comments!

    Looks like the AL is the path to pursue…
    Such a great guitar, hope you like it.

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