Fender Bass Parts Build/Assembly
Hey so I'm looking to assemble a fairly simple bass with parts from thestratosphere on the Bay but just had three questions before I do so:
1) A 2013 AmStd P neck will fit in a 2013 AmStd J body's neck pocket with no issues, correct?
2) Are the neckplate screws hand-tightened or is there a torque value (inch-ounces or inch-pounds) I'm aiming for?
3) Will the truss rod need adjusting after I attach the neck or is this a case-by-case thing?
Thanks for your help! This will be my first assembly after 14 years of playing. :hyper:
2--hand-tight; you can crank strong enough to bend the corners of the plate in and crush the wood underneath, which is too tight. just be sure the screws slide through the body and only thread into the neck.
3--it'll pretty much all need adjusting when you're done, truss rod including.
What Walter said.
Phillips head fasteners have a unique property. When you use the correct size driver for the socket the bit will begin to torque up out of the socket when it is properly tight. Continuing to add pressure will begin to destroy the fastener either the socket or snap the shaft.
You can't just bolt an assortment of parts together and expect its all going to work together. You need the knowledge to diagnose what needs to be done next to make it playable. So read all you can about the physics and geometry of stringed instruments before you begin. If you had already, you wouldn't have asked #3. You need the basic knowledge to make it work unless you just have blind luck and it all falls together.
Beginning with finished parts is a fantastic head start but you need to know the basics.
The neck and body should fit together just fine. It's not really a crapshoot, but on occasion, some parts may need massaging.
Tighten the screws hand tight
Adjusting the neck is part of your basic set up. So you will most likely need to adjust the truss rod. Knowing how to do this will greatly benefit you anyway so don't be afraid to learn how.
I'm pretty certain newer fenders have different shape heels. They will bolt on, but won't fit flush.
We're talking about CNC cut parts here. P neck fits p body and p pickguard flush as they should. Jazz heel, pickguard and body all fit together seamlessly until you throw a p neck on it.
I'm interested in your results!
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