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'55 Precision Bass neck shape??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by davidchampoux, Apr 1, 2014.


  1. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
    On my Fender Custom Shop '55 P basses, I've had both the '50s C (or U?) chunky shaped, and the Soft-V neck profiles, but I would like to know what is the 'correct' neck shape, period wise?

    Was the Soft-V introduced only in 57?

    Just want to clear out what was the profile for a '55 P.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:

    57 was a hard V.
    56 was a softer V
    55 to me was more U shape.
    The CS Neck is more C shape.
     
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  4. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
    Hmmm thanks for the info!! Very cool.

    I'm wondering what is the difference between the 56 soft and 57 harder V ...

    I've had a CS '55 P that was what I beleive to be 'soft-v' and loved that profile. For some very bad reasons, I sold that bass. As I regretted it, I bought a new one, but this one has not the same neck profile. It's more like a big C, but with a little V (soft) at the first frets... Strange profile, never had a bass like that.

    While it's perfectly playable, I think I prefered the Soft-V.

    What's the difference between the soft and hard V? I mean, can I see a cutout of both somewhere on the net?
     
  5. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    My CS 55 has the fat neck with a soft V. It is identicle to a real '56 I A/B played it against.
     
  6. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
    Soft V all the neck or only the first frets?
     
  7. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Only like the first 6 or so.
     
  8. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
    OH! Just like mine...

    And then, it's really more like C ... Right?
     
  9. headband

    headband

    Oct 18, 2013
    Indiana
    My 55 Custom shop Precision has the soft v profile. It has the v for the first 5 or 6 frets and then is C shaped. It's a very comfortable C, not at all fat like my '69 Tele bass.
     
  10. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
    Those of you who owns a CS '55, do your string retainers are flush with the back of the bass, or a little recessed?
     
  11. ASATMAN

    ASATMAN

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    I owned an original 56 w/ a deep V. Loved the feel of the V contour so replicated it on a couple Warmoth necks.
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  12. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    recessed
     
  13. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada

    Thanks for the info, same as my 2012.

    My previous one had them flush to the wood... It was a 2011.
     
  14. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
  15. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    Did Warmouth make them special order for you? They wouldn't admit to making custom bass neck profiles when I called them a while ago.
     
  16. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    Disclosures:
    GreenBoy fEARful kool-aid dispensing, AFM 72-147 union card-carrying, liberal, academic, musician
    I have a vintage '55. I'll post the pics I have here. If you need more, describe them, and I'll see it I can help. I am recovering from ankle nerve surgery, so new pics are possible, but will take a little extra time.


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    Body
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  17. ASATMAN

    ASATMAN

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    No, I did the contour myself as part of a makeover that should be complete this weekend.
    [​IMG]
     
  18. davidchampoux

    davidchampoux Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quebec, Canada
  19. GM60466

    GM60466

    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    very cool bass
     
  20. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    Gocha. That's a great project.
     



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