-In light of the fact that since I can't go out to a music store anymore to try out guitars because of the "Coronavirus"---I am hoping that someone can enlighten me!
-I have relatively short fingers. I am looking to purchase a "Heavy Metal" Guitar with a small neck like my 1971 Strat "C-Thin"to branch out a bit. The Fender "HM Strat" has really caught my eye! I love the "Neck Specs" from what I've seen.
-I have only one question! What is the "Neck Width" at the "12th fret" on the Fender "HM Strat"?
Hi - the HM's do have really comfortable necks - that's one of their main features. It is a wide neck though. I just took a rough measurement of one of my HM's and the 12th fret width is approximately 53mm. I can't guarantee that is the same as a new HM, but I believe that the necks are made to the same specs. The vintage necks are more "D" shape than "C" shape I would say.
I have small fingers as well and I like the HM's just fine. I have a couple of Kramer Striker re-issues from awhile back and those were made with 1 5/8" necks, which are really comfortable for my hands. 12th fret measurement on those is more like 51mm. Something to consider if you're looking for a smaller, C shaped neck. New pickups and a Schaller bridge and they're nice guitars. vintagekramer.com/musicyoStriker424.htm