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'50s Road Worn P neck vs Warmoth Telebass neck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tedsalt, Mar 18, 2014.


  1. tedsalt

    tedsalt Supporting Member

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    Just picked up a RW P expecting a baseball bat neck as these are supposed to be similar or same as Classic '50s, but it feels more like a J neck. I need to measure and verify the nut. I haven't tried the Classic so I'm not sure how to compare, but as people described them as bats, I figured they'd be similar to my Warmoth wide nut Telebass neck. My main player has been a Warwick Stage I 5 broadneck which I just sold. For those with RW Ps, how would you describe the neck? Baseball bat like, or more similar to a J bass neck?
     
  2. awilkie84

    awilkie84

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    A Classic 50's P neck is NOT a J neck! lol.

    It's about the same thickness front to back as a P, maybe slightly thicker, but the width of the nut is wider than a P!

    I miss my Classic 50's neck. Gonna try to find another in the relatively near future.
     
  3. darrenmt

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    I can't speak for the Classic P but i do know that the RW P is only wider at the nut than a regular P. 1.75" or something like that. It isn't thick front to back and pretty comfy so not a baseball bat neck. Both the Classic and RW P necks should be similar profile and definitely not extremely tapered towards the nut like a J neck.

    If you are used to 5-strings and wider necks at that, the RW P neck should feel very natural and not wide at the nut at all. This is my personal experience.
     
  4. awilkie84

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    Yeah, the RW and Classic necks are the same, save for the finish. I love them! And the low profile frets are awesome!
     
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  6. ROOTSnFIFTHS

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78! Supporting Member

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    Yes I would say not a baseball bat. Wide at nut,thin front to back. And not like a jazz.
     
  7. darrenmt

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    +1 Thin vintage frets ftw :)
     
  8. Lowbrow

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    I own both RW and 50s Precisions and have carefully compared necks. Now, these come from different years of production (RW='09; 50s = '12), which may be a factor.

    Verdict: very similar; both 1.75 and pretty flat and shallow front-to-back at the nut, both with vintage-style mini frets.

    WHERE it starts to differ is between the 5th and 7th frets, where the 50s takes a turn for the thicker at the EDGES of the neck (the top of the "C") sooner than the RW does.

    In other words, the RW widens a bit more gradually in a very limited area of the neck. Barely noticable unless you've handled one or the other for a long time (I've had the RW for 2 years, just got the 50s).

    Note that the front-to-back thickness does not differ, just in that area around where the thumb knuckle is if you are a monkey-gripper like me :)

    In other senses nearly identical with a slightly different taper gradation. Both the RW and 50s neck end up identical by about the 8th-9th fret.


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  9. tedsalt

    tedsalt Supporting Member

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    Thanks everyone for your responses. I did finally measure and it is a standard P neck. I think it's just me, as my main player was a Warwick Streamer Stage I 5 broadneck which I just sold.

    Still have my Squier Dlx J 5 and a homebrew telejazz using a Warmoth telebass neck which my big fat hands love. It's just going to take me awhile to get comfortable with a "standard" P neck ...
     
  10. tedsalt

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    BTW, nice collection Lowbrow!
     
  11. awilkie84

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    Check out the Fender Cabronita bass neck. You want a baseball bat? That's thing is FAT!
     
  12. Lowbrow

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    Yes, rounder (I've got the Squier Cab) but not wider side-to-side at the nut than a standard P.

    Now for something very interesting, the Squier VM Telebass neck (got one of those, too!) is medium scale and wider at the nut (1.7) than the modern P (1.65). This is a pretty neat option that combines vintage-approaching girth with shorter scale. Nice-playing bass, too, but I sadly do not really like the single-coil pbass pickup as much at a split-coil P, or the Cab Fidelitron for that matter.
     
  13. Lowbrow

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    Thanks, Ted.
     

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