I’ll be honest, I haven’t played one but I did hear the same thing as you just said about the feel of the necks, from a friend who had played one. It stopped me dropping the money on one. When I heard about the Charvel basses I did get a little excited as I know the guitars in this range, are amazing. Unfortunately, the colours aren’t to my taste, and I’d prefer a 21 fret, which as you say, just makes more sense. A pick guard would have been nice, as well. The Charvel necks do look lovely though.