Sound Test: Wood Neck vs. Aluminum Neck

I’ve been wanting to try this A/B test for ages. I recorded my lipstick-tube “parts” Strat/ Then I replaced the MIM Fender neck with an aluminum neck from Alef Guitars before playing the same music through the same signal chain. The sound contrast is dramatic, consistent, and repeatable.

Is an aluminum neck for you? That’s a subjective call. It makes tones tighter and brighter, possibly at the expense of some midrange warmth. Since the EQ curve produced by the aluminum neck looks an awful lot like EQ adjustments I commonly make while mixing, I love the results.

The feel is equally subjective, but I love that as well. It’s almost surreally smooth and consistent.

What are your impressions?

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