Ok, I am new to all of this (building my own basses) and I have a pretty fundamental (4 syllable word for stupid) question.
What contributes more to neck stability... multi-laminate construction, or stiffening rods? Is there a real difference?
I know companies that typically build Fender-esque designs typically employ either graphite or steel stiffening rods, while other companies use 5-piece multilaminate construction or just use quarter-sawn necks... So what really works, and what is just an advertising gimmick?
I'm also curious to see what the opinions are.
I've owned multi-laminates and necks with extra stiffening rods, and (unfortunately) I've had to occasionally adjust them all about the same. Some stable, some wonky of each type.
Except for this one G&L neck, a "bi-cut" maple one that hasn't moved in about 19 years. And I don't even know if they do that anymore.
Might also post this in the "Luthier's Forum" on here.
My G&L has a quartersawn neck and I definitely already posted it in the Luthier's Corner section haha
My experience has been that Fender-style necks are very stable. I have an '06 Fender '51 P reissue that came from Japan in a cardboard box: it has required one tweak to the truss rod, about 2 weeks after I got it. I have or have owned three other Ps and a Jazz, and I believe I have never had to adjust any of them, including the J which was shipped here in a trade from the Pacific Northwest. That Jazz Bass, by the way, had the lowest action without fret buzz that I have encountered.
I also owned a Carvin LB20 bass with a laminated mahogany/ebony neck that needed to be adjusted nearly every time I pulled it out of its case.
The single bad neck I have encountered was on an Indonesian-built Squier P, because some idiot had cross-threaded the truss rod. I sold it for what I paid for it, so no harm done, but that was not a fault of the instrument.
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