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70's Fender Precision Necks - What Year Did They Go Fat?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Groover, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. Groover

    Groover

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    I used to have a 1975 Precision neck and it was a very nice neck, but a little too deep and just plain big around. I tried to get used to it, but I just couldn't. Were all the 70's necks like that, or did they start making them in a certain year? (i.e 75?)

    Thanks!
  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    My 1974 is pretty fat (not phat).
  3. bobm2112

    bobm2112 Supporting Member

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    I wish I still had my late 80's japan P-neck. It felt beautiful. The rest of the bass left little to be desired but the neck itself was great.
  4. Rumblin' Man

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    My '73 P bass neck is phat.

    My 72 P had an A neck and it was kind of chunky too, yet it still developed an irreparable multidirectional twist/S-curve. The headstock even twisted on that one.
  5. Juniorkimbrough

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    My '76 P's neck is fat as well........however the mid 80's MIJ P I own is nowhere near as deep, it's wide and flat.
  6. pickles

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    '72. Fat. I like it that way.
  7. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

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    +1 - I have a 85 MIJ Jazz Special (basically a p bass + a jazz pickup) which has a wide and flat neck. No where near the chunkiness of most p basses.

    On that note - does any one know why they called it a jazz special when it was a p-bass nut width, p-bass body, and a p pickup? Could it be the skinniness of the neck was aimed at jazz players?
  8. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money... Supporting Member

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    I believe I read somewhere that they were made that way from the beginning. I think sometime in the early '80s they decided to change the necks to the "Modern C" shape. But this info could be wrong. Since I'm not a Fender expert I can't guarantee its accuracy. Besides, you can't believe everything you read, particularly on the Internet.
  9. pickles

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    Lots of '60s basses have a thinner neck. Not sure when the transition was. I remember an article in an old BP mag that layed it all out, even the old hard and soft Vs from the 50s.
  10. azwhofan

    azwhofan Supporting Member

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    My buddy's 'ole 1970 had a comfortable, relatively flat neck. My 76 is beefier (thicker and rounder), my 78 is beefier still, and my 1980 felt like I was holding david Ortiz's baseball bat by the wrong end. I swear to God that 1980 neck was meant for players with 14 inch fingers.
    Hope this helps!
  11. SKATE RAT

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    my 75 P's got a big ol' neck.
  12. Edword

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    My '69 P has a pretty hefty neck.
  13. Groover

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    Thanks for the replies. Sounds like pretty much all the 70's (69 too?) had the chunky neck.

    I was under the impression that the necks got chunky around the mid 70's, but apparently not the case?
  14. Mojo-Man

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    If I'm playing a P-bass.
    I want a big fat neck.

    Keep the thin ones on a Jazz Bass.
  15. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

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    Thread resurrection.

    I have a couple/few '76 & '74 P necks that are B-width but not fat at all. I have '78 that is like a baseball-bat, major fatness. I had a '72 neck that was also chunky. John Kallas re-contoured that one for me and it is very nice. I also have a '72 bass with a semi-chunky neck.
    I have a '71 B-width neck that is juuuuust right!
    It seems a bit random to me and somewhat dependent on the final inspector maybe?
    I am a big fan of the 70's nut width and am constantly on the prowl for thinner versions of these necks. However, now that I know what John can do to "fix" the ones that are too fat (for me), I am not quite as desperate to find ones that fit me.
  16. jad

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    My '76 A-width P bass neck is not at all chunky. It feels especially svelte after playing my Warmoth necked P, which is chunky and really heavy.

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