MIM Jazz V Chronic Bowing
I've got a 2005 MIM Jazz V that is determined to keep bowing forwards even after a setup by a tech and my own frequent adjustments to the truss rod. I was hoping you gents may have a solution that doesn't end in me buying a new neck or a new, higher quality bass.
Iíll preface my comment by saying that Iím a huge fan of the MIMs, and own several of them.
In my experience, a Jazz V in good condition shouldnít need frequent truss rod adjustments unless itís being exposed to drastic temperature/humidity changes or itís constantly being restrung. I havenít done a truss rod adjustment on my V in something like three years, and I live near salt water with annual temperature swings from -10įF to +100įF.
If a qualified tech has verified that the truss rod is functional and has done a proper setup, and the neck is still bowing unexpectedly, a neck replacement may be in order.
To be quite frank, that piece of wood just might not have wanted to be a neck. A truss rod can only do so much. As stated before, a new neck may be in order...
Agreed, that sounds like a bad neck. My MIM Jazz 5 is solid as a rock through some pretty wide temp and humidity swings here as well.
Thanks for the advice guys. I've been thinking for a while about buying a custom fretless neck from Warmoth for this bass as Fender doesn't make a fretless V Jazz. So this may be the opportunity to do so. The only downside is I lose my little Fender decal and along with it any resale value.
On question for you...
Did you buy the bass new? Fender has a lifetime warranty on their necks. If you did purchase it new, you should take it to your authorized dealer to begin the process of having it assessed.
All the best,
I've been doing some thinking about taking the neck to a tech to have him take off the fretboard, replace the truss rod inside and stick a new fretless fretboard on. Would replacing a fretboard this way be possible? And would replacing the truss rod be a likely fix for my bowing issue?
Leoís modular design for Fender guitars and basses was initially conceived as a methodology for facilitating neck replacements. So while a truss rod replacement is certainly possible, itís definitely not an easy task.
Iíd venture to guess that a new fretless neck from Warmoth would be cheaper than luthier surgery on your existing neck. Either way, modding an original MIM ó headstock logo or no headstock logo ó wonít really preserve the instrumentís resale value.
Bobsterís advice on consulting an authorized Fender dealer on the warranty issue would be a good starting place.
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