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Last Updated on March 2, 2024 by Teemu Suomala

D-shaped neck gives you a meaty feel and firm grip. And even though the D shape is too thick for some players, it does offer a great playing feel when churning classic rock riffs or blues solos. Sounds good to me!

I’ll be completely honest with you here…guitars with D-shaped necks are not my favorites. I like them, but they are not my go-to axes. But one thing is for sure, some people swear by the name of D-shape. It’s the only true neck profile. After all, it can be found from old school Gibsons. And this is why I was happy to put together this article listing the cream of the crop guitars with D-shaped necks. Both acoustic and electric guitars. And I also reveal the 4 best ones. If you have any questions, just check the FAQ section or leave a comment.

Let’s get started!

To find out more about neck shapes, check this article I crafted: Guitar Neck Shape Guide – Shapes Explained.

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Author: Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I love guitars and have played dozens and dozens of different guitars through different amps and pedals over the years, and also, building a website interested me, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website.

I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have also been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as SongsterrMusicnotesGuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar.

I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog (I guess that went the right way…).


D Neck Shape

image displays 1950s D neck shape looks
D (1950’s D)

The deep old-school versions of D shape are the chunkiest neck to me. More round than the U shape, but have larger shoulders than the U or C shape. The back of the neck is good for your thumb placement, but U and C shapes are more fast playing to me.

image displays Slimtaper D neck shape looks
Slim Taper D

Slim version of the D shape. Like an oval cut in half. Doesn’t have large shoulders and has a slim feel. There are tons of different versions of Slim Taper D available, but in general, they offer easy and slim playability.  Provides better fret access than the original D or U shape. Also surprisingly versatile neck shape.

About These “Guitars With D Shaped Necks” Lists

I included different variations of the D neck profile on this list. I always mention which variation of the D neck shape the specific guitar has. Here are some of the different variations you can find from this article:

  • D = Normal meaty D-shape
  • SlimTaper D = Slimmer variations of the normal D-shape
  • Round D = Rounded D-shape
  • Modern D = Less meaty version of the normal D-shape

11 Acoustic Guitars with D Shaped Necks

Epiphone J-15 EC is a good affordable acoustic with a 1960s SlimTaper D neck and Spruce top (laminated), and it provides a great all-around sound. A good option for beginners.

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ModelBody StyleNeck ShapeNeck MaterialPrice RangeCheck Current Price (affiliate links)
Epiphone J-15 EC – CheapestDreadnought – CutawaySlimTaper DOkoume$Sweetwater*Thomann*
Epiphone J-45 Studio – Find More Great Epiphone Acoustics HereJumboSlimTaper DMahogany $SweetwaterThomann
Dean Guitars Exotica Quilt AshGrand Auditorium – CutawayDMahogany$Guitar CenterThomann
Epiphone Dove StudioSquare Shoulder DreadnoughtSlimTaper DHard Maple$SweetwaterThomann
Epiphone L-00 Studio – Find More Great Parlor Guitars HereParlorSlimTaper DMahogany$SweetwaterThomann
Epiphone Hummingbird Studio – Best BudgetDreadnoughtSlim Taper D Mahogany$SweetwaterThomann
Dean Guitars ExhibitionOrchestra – CutawayDGaboon mahogany$$Guitar CenterThomann
Raimundo Tatyana RyzhkovaClassicalDCedar$$Thomann
Epiphone J-200EC Studio – Best OverallJumbo 200 – Cutaway1960s SlimTaper DMaple$$SweetwaterThomann
Epiphone USA Texan Acoustic-ElectricDreadnoughtRound DMahogany$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Lakewood D-53 PremiumDreadnoughtDSilk-matte cedro neck$$$$$Thomann

19 Electric Guitars with D Shaped Necks

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Like every low-cost guitar, this Epiphone Les Paul Special VE got some little problems(tuners are not the best). But, I think anyone wanting a budget LP to call their own will have a good time with the fat, smooth tones of the Vintage Edition. Read the full review.

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ModelPickupsNeck ShapeNeck MaterialPrice RangeCheck Current Price (affiliate links)
Epiphone Les Paul Melody Maker E1 – CheapestEpiphone 650SCR ceramic single coil (neck) & Epiphone 700SCT ceramic single coil (bridge)1960’s Slim Taper DMahogany$SweetwaterThomann
Harley Benton R-457 BK Progressiv Series – Cheap 7 String2 x Hi-Gain humbuckersSpeed-DMaple$Thomann
Harley Benton TE-62CC2 x Roswell AlNiCo 5 TEA-F-CR/TEA-B single coilsModern DMaple$Thomann
Epiphone Les Paul Special VE – Read the full reviewNeck 650R humbucker & Bridge 700T humbucker1960s SlimTaper DMahogany$SweetwaterThomann
Epiphone SG Special VENeck 650R humbucker & Bridge 700T humbucker1960s SlimTaper DMahogany$SweetwaterThomann
Epiphone Les Paul Studio E1Epiphone 650R Zebra Coil Ceramic humbuckers (neck) and Epiphone 700T Zebra Coil Ceramic humbuckers (bridge)1960s SlimTaper DMahogany$SweetwaterThomann
Epiphone Les Paul Studio Smokehouse – Best Budget2 x Epiphone Alnico Classic humbuckers1960s SlimTaper D Mahogany$$SweetwaterThomann
Epiphone Casino Archtop 2x P90Slim Taper DMahogany$$SweetwaterThomann
Hagstrom Ultra Max Fall2 x 2 Custom 60 AlNiCo-5 humbuckersSlim D Mahogany$$$Guitar Center Thomann
Hagstrom Alvar – Best Overall2 x Hagstrom HJ-50 HumbuckerSlim DCanadian maple$$$Guitar Center Thomann
Dean Guitars Exile Select FEMG 57 TW (bridge) and EMG 66 TW (neck) humbuckers (coil-split)Slim DMaple$$$$Guitar Center Thomann
Dean Guitars Exile Select F 7EMG 57 TW7 Splittable Brush Chrome (bridge) and EMG 66 TW7 Splittable Brush Chrome (neck) (coil-split)Slim DMaple$$$$Guitar Center Thomann
Dean Guitars Exile SL MultiscaleSeymour Duncan Angled Sentient (bridge) & Seymour Duncan Angled Nazgul (neck)DMaple$$$$$Guitar Center Thomann
Fender American Ultra Stratocaster – Best Premium3 x Ultra Noiseless Vintage Strat Single CoilsModern DMaple$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Fender American Ultra Telecaster 2 x Ultra Noiseless Vintage Tele Single-coilModern DMaple$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster2 x Ultra noiseless vintage Jazzmaster single coilsModern DMaple$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Duesenberg Senior BD1 Duesenberg SplitKing Humbucker (Phonico)Medium DMahogany$$$$$Guitar Center Thomann
Fender Cory Wong Stratocaster3 x Seymour Duncan Cory Wong Clean Machine Single CoilsModern DMaple$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Duesenberg CaribouDuesenberg single coil (neck) and Duesenberg humbucker (bridge)DMaple$$$$$Guitar Center Thomann

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4 Best Guitars with D Shaped Neck – My Favorites

Best Budget Acoustic Guitar – Epiphone Hummingbird Studio

What I like

  • Graph Tech NuBone nut and saddle provide great sustain
  • Solid Spruce offers clear sound
  • Slim Taper D neck is not too thick and works really well for playing chords
  • Stays in tune well (Grover Rotomatics tuners are great)
  • High value for the money
  • Great quality Fishman electronics

What I don’t like

  • Bass response is not the best
  • Sometimes small finish issues (rough fret edges etc.)

Who is it for?

If you are after a budget acoustic with a solid top, great hardware, D neck shape, and clear sound, Epiphone Hummingbird Studio is a great option. It’s a true high-value guitar with overall great quality. It’s versatile but works especially well for acoustic blues.

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Best Overall Acoustic Guitar – Epiphone J-200EC Studio

What I like

  • Super-versatile, a wide variety of different sounds
  • 1960s SlimTaper D neck feels comfortable to paly
  • Jumbo body offers full sound
  • Solid Spruce top with laminated maple back & sides provide clear and articulate sound
  • Great quality Fishman electronics
  • Sounds as good as more expensive acoustic guitars

What I don’t like

  • PVC plastic nut and saddle decrease the value

Check our picks for the best acoustic guitars under $1000 and the best acoustic guitars under $500.

Who is it for?

If you are after a D neck shape, full sound, and great quality electronics, Epiphone J-200EC Studio is one of the best options. It’s got all the qualities of a more expensive acoustic guitar, except a real bone (or Tusq) nut and saddle. If you replace the stock plastic ones, you end up improving the sustain and overall tone a lot.

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Best Budget Electric Guitar – Epiphone Les Paul Studio Smokehouse

What I like

  • Epiphone Alnico Classic & Epiphone Alnico Classic Plus humbuckers offer thick, warm, and versatile sound
  • Nice vintage vibes
  • Comfortable 1960’s SlimTaper D neck
  • Great quality Grover tuners (stays in tune well)
  • Really high value for the money

What I don’t like

  • ABS plastic nut

Who is it for?

If you are after a high value for the money Les Paul with D-shaped neck, versatile humbuckers, and solid hardware, Epiphone Les Paul Studio Smokehouse is a great choice. And it also looks stunning.

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Best Overall Electric Guitar – Hagstrom Alvar

What I like

  • GraphTech Black Tusq XL nut increases sustain
  • 15″ fretboard radius feels really smooth
  • 2 x Hagstrom HJ-50,AlNiCo-5 humbuckers offer a great rock sound
  • Hagstrom guitars are known for their great quality
  • Slim D neck is comfortable
  • Surprisingly versatile
  • H-Expander truss rod enables the use of really low action

What I don’t like

  • Balance is a bit headstock heavy when standing and playing

Who is it for?

If you are after stunning looks, great rock sound, Slim D neck, and high value for the money, keep the Hagstrom Alvar on your radar. It’s a not-so-well-known brand, but they do make really good guitars of great quality and enable the use of really low action.

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FAQ

Pros and Cons of D Neck Shape

Pros

  • Firm grip
  • Meaty, fills your hand
  • Popular, quite easy to find guitars with D neck profile
  • Great fit for classic rock and other old-school stuff
  • I like how D-shaped necks feel when I riff or play chords near the nut

Cons

  • Most variations are too meaty and thick for some players (especially for small handed)
  • Can feel a bit clumsy
  • Not the best for fast playing

Who Should Buy A Guitar With D Neck Shape?

If you want a neck that doesn’t feel too slim or thin, most variations of the D neck shape are likely a great choice. The D-neck shape offers a firm grip and meaty feel. When it comes to genres, the D shape fits the best with blues, jazz, and classic rock. But of course, you can play everything you want with it.

When and How did The D Neck Shape Start to Gain Popularity?

D is one of the oldest neck shapes. It was featured on the 50’s Les Pauls, and is sometimes called a 1950’s profile, but when we look at the cross-section, the shape itself reminds a D letter. And because Les Pauls were really popular axes back then (as nowadays), the D shape become an iconic chunky neck profile.


Conclusion

Even though not my favorite, the D-neck shape has its place in the guitar scene and in my guitar collection. I got a cheap Epiphone Les Paul Special VE with a 60s Slim-Taper D profile. It’s not the easiest to play for me, but it’s a lot of fun still. D-neck shape rocks hard.

I hope this article helped you out, and maybe you even decided to get one of the guitars featured. If you have any questions, leave a comment, I and the GND team are here for you.

Now go, my son, and Rock!

Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I also noticed that most guitar websites don’t do a really good job, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website. I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as Songsterr, Musicnotes, GuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar. I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog(I guess that went the right way…). Expertise: guitar learning techniques, electric guitars, and guitar amplifiers. You can connect with me on LinkedIn or just email me.
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