C-V-U? WHICH NECK SHAPE IS FOR YOU?
The term “neck profile” refers to the shape of the back of a guitar neck in cross section, and it’s often used interchangeably with the term “back shape” or even “neck shape.”
What does all this mean to the average guitar player? First, it’s important to understand that neck profile doesn’t affect the sound of the guitar itself; rather, it affects the way you play it. And there isn’t one shape that’s objectively better than another when it comes to playing. It’s purely a matter of personal preference.
Fender generally uses the letters C, U, V (in addition to Oval) to designate its neck profiles. The actual shape of these letters roughly corresponds to the shape of the back the neck in cross section, and each may have varying depths — different thicknesses from the front of the neck to the back, resulting in terms such as “thick C shape” and “deep U shape,” etc. Let's take a look at some neck profile options and what each can offer you.