Yeah, for me, I pick up a guitar and go off of how it feels in my hands. Are the frets good? Could I play it a long time comfortably? I prefer thin necks so that’s something I look for. I love Tele sounds but their necks bother me. So I’ve sanded a few of them down…I have a Squier 51 I bought and it doesn’t bother me as much. I think my hand slides easier on the unfinished neck.
I love getting older, beat up or cheap guitars and making them into what I want. I much more rewarding than paying a bunch of money for something and not being 100% satisfied with it.