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    Does anybody know if Givens F style necks are replicating the Loar neck/fingerboard dimensions?

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    Hey Devitt - I know you. Welcome to the Cafe.

    Since when have you been interested in Givens?

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    that's a tough question as many givens necks have a pronounced V shape..some have tiny necks etc
    mike conroy--
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    Ive played about a dozen out of the 800, As and Fs and they all seemed to have a slimmer neck profile and nut width than Loar or Master Model F5s. They were all fast, articulate and loud and Id be happy to own any of them.

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    I have played a few, all incredible, I have owned a few. A5 with V neck wider than loar. A6 C neck narrow radiused. F5 Late 70's V neck same as loar. F5 late 80's C neck same as loar radiused, and i have a good friend who has two both A and both have wideish necks. I love the tone of Givens and I regret ever letting any of them go.

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    Same experience here. I play with a fellow who has an F5, an A6, and an A4, which I am buying. All three have significantly different widths and neck profiles. The A4 is the widest, while the F is definitely narrow like many old Gibsons. All are radiused, and all sound super. I had an A6 for a while that I sold to a Cafe member who originally owned it, and it was one of the best sounding mandolins I've ever played. The neck was narrow, and shallow, but smooth and easy. I've yet to hear a Givens that didn't knock my socks off. Frank
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