Check Out Our Legendary Wildwood 10s—Available Exclusively From Wildwood Guitars
Years ago, we approached our friends at the Fender Custom Shop with a proposal: would they build us guitars that combined the mojo of a true-to-vintage reissue with modern handfeel and comfy modern ergonomics? They were enthused about the idea, and the Wildwood 10 was born. Thanks to the Custom Shop’s incredible craftsmanship and artistry, these guitars look gorgeous, sound killer, and play like butter.
Each of these Custom Shop creations features a thin fifties-style nitrocellulose finish, which allows the voice of the resonant hand-selected tonewoods to shine through. They also have hand-wound Custom Shop pickups that are sure to inspire you to reach new heights on your sonic journey. Wildwood 10s feel great in your hands, too. Their modern 10” radius is suitable for a wide variety of styles and techniques, and their 6105 narrow-tall frets allow you to expend less energy with your left hand, especially when bending strings. To top it all off, they come with a limited edition Dealer Select Wildwood 10 hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity.
We invite you to browse our inventory and see all the various models we offer. You’ll find all sorts of Wildwood 10s with different relic’d finishes, colors, and neck profiles. We’re sure you’ll find one (or a couple dozen) that inspire you, so feel free to browse away—just remember not to drool on your keyboard!
Wildwood 10 Neck Shapes and Sizes:
Each and every Wildwood 10 neck is hand-sanded with love and care by the woodworking wizards at the Fender Custom Shop, and all of them are recreations of classic Fender neck profiles. Below, you’ll find a chronological compendium of all our favorites so you can find the shape that will inspire you the most. Naturally, each neck is a little different because of that all-important human element that can only come through when skilled artisans build things by hand. So, they vary slightly in size and taper (taper refers to the graduation of thickness from the nut to the twelfth fret) from guitar to guitar. So, the measurements below are meant to give you a ballpark idea of how each of these fabulous necks will feel in your hand rather than an exact figure.
Nocaster U – The Nocaster U neck profile measures roughly .998″ at the first fret – 1.013″ at the twelfth fret. It’s the largest neck profile that Custom Shop makes, and it has very little taper.
’52 U – The ’52 Medium U neck profile measures about .990″ at the first fret and .990″ at the twelfth fret. It’s close to the shape of a Nocaster, but it has a little less taper for a more symmetrical feel up and down the neck.
’54 U – The ’54 U neck usually measures roughly .910 at the first fret and .990 at the twelfth. It’s similar to the ‘52 U in shape, but it’s much skinnier near the first fret. For players seeking vintage chunkier feel with more of a taper, this neck profile will get the job done.
’54 V – The ’54 V was Fender’s first non-U neck profile, and it usually measures about .91 to .99. It has a softer V-shape than other similar profiles, and it is a bit chunkier than later V necks.
’56 V – The ’56 V neck measures roughly .880″ at the first fret – .980″ at the twelfth fret. It’s also known as the Boat Neck, because, well, it kind of mimics the shape of the bottom of a boat. There are small “shoulders” at the first fret (or “bow”), and it tapers to a rounder C-shaped feel around the fifth fret. Most of its girth is at the very center of the back of the neck, too.
’57 Soft V – The ’57 Soft V measures about .850″ at the first fret – .990″ at the twelfth fret. This shape is similar to the ’56 V Boat Neck, although the ’57 V Neck is slimmer at the first fret and fatter at the twelfth Fret. The V shape becomes more rounded higher up on the neck, but you can still feel the “spine” of the V up around the tenth fret.
’59 Large C – The ’59 Large C profile measures around .860″ at the first fret and .980″ at the twelfth fret. It’s a chunky shape with larger shoulders than the mid-60s C, which gives you additional leverage for bends.
Mid-60s C – The mid-60s C neck profile measures roughly .790″ at the first fret to .930″ at the twelfth fret. It’s the slimmest of the Wildwood 10 neck profiles, and the shape is similar to Fender’s ’65 neck shape ( .842″- .970″ ) but not quite as large.