so main main bass for years has been a late 70's jazz thats stripped and beat to hell, but i never had the original neck. it came with a mim neck and i eventually replaced it with a mij squier bullet neck for its maple board and 7.25 radius. i was always on the lookout for an original neck though.
not wanting to spend a ton of money i was on the hunt for something that needed work. earlier this year A-Step-Towards was parting out this bass What would you do? vintage fender/ebay deal-Misleading?
i bought the neck for 275.
he was reporting a a rod that wouldnt straighten the neck, super worn frets, first fret inlay crack, bulging inlay. i bought it with the intention to refret it. however im lazy....
so when i got it i put some washers under the bullet nut, clamped it into back bow, did a fret level on the upper register and called it a day. i like a close to zero relief neck and strings slammed set up and this got me 90% there. it had been my daily player since. i ultimately put some 40-100's to get the relief where i wanted.
earlier this month i finally decided to do the work and started on wednesday. just finished last night.
this is the first fret
heres the neck with the frets pulled. the finish on this thing was chipping off every where and the frets had so many levels that they were really low and a total pain in the ass to get out.
heres the first fret with the block pulled. i flooded the crack with super glue and clamped it.
next up-board leveling. you can see the relief getting sanded out.
sanding marks chased out and radius cleaned up. time to fret this thing-
time to level-
time to play test. success!
now for the part id never done before. finishing. i used reranch tinted clear to get the tint i wanted. once it was ballpark to the rest of the neck i finished up with deft clear. heres the final product after wet sanding the orange peel out.
and strung up and ready to head back into the rotation!
this was my 3rd refret so i dont do this a lot but i ended up super happy with the results. theres definitely things i learned that will help with my cosmetics for the next job. the whole time i was doing this i was saying to myself "holy **** i should have just paid the 275 bucks to get this done" but in the end im glad i did it!