As some of you guys may remember from last year, I spent Christmas break working on stripping, then rebuilding a bass, taking inspirations from the Stingray 5. At the time, I was very happy with the bass, but as I got to play it more and more over the year, I found the neck to be a bit too thick and cumbersome to move around on.
I looked into reshaping necks, but the majority of the opinions said to not do it, as it would risk destabilizing the neck.
At this point, however, this bass has become my "project bass," so I was more than happy to try and work on it, trying out anything I could think of. I did some rudimentary wiring work (which was a mess). I did some woodwork on the body, but shyed away from doing anything to the neck, since I was unsure of how to approach it.
In short (or long...), you can read about it here: BYOB! Build Your Own Bass! Reflections of an Amateur Bassist
Anyways, I was doing my usual read-throughs at different guitar and bass forums when I stumbled across a blog about "Ergonomic Guitars." Following the link, I fell upon this site: http://buildingtheergonomicguitar.com/
While reading through, I saw this: http://buildingtheergonomicguitar.co...rgonomics.html
Yup... Trapezoid Neck Profiles. It looked like it was interesting, so I thought about it for a day or two, then went ahead with it. Heck, if I screwed up my bass, I could always use it as an excuse to get a new bass, right?
So, I went ahead and started to reshape the neck. Sanding wasn't too bad, but since I was just using a sanding block and 60 grit sandpaper, it took quite a while and was quite dusty.
It was very well worth all the work though!
In the end, Although I only shaved off a bit of wood, I was able to get a neck which feels incredibly slim, which was also very comfortable for my playing position. Doing this allowed me to also shave a little weight off the bass, and while I had the body disassembled, I went ahead and redid the wiring as well to get it to a VVT wiring set-up.
So, ultimately, I would recommend those who have the time and a junk bass to try this. Heck, go to Craigslist and get a cheap, beaten-up, 82nd hand used bass and try reshaping the neck! The most you'll be out might be a few hours and maybe $30, but I think for those who are careful with their shaping, they'll be amazed at really how comfortable this is. It's really a cheap (but nerve-wracking) way to highly customize your bass and perhaps improve its playability.
Just don't do this to your new Stingray, or 60's Precision.
You've been warned
Pictures will be coming soon!