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Modify Fender jazz headstock

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lukiluk, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. lukiluk


    Oct 12, 2012
    Hello everyone...
    I recently bought a Fender Jazz Deluxe 5 strings Mexico .. Sounds really good (I had the American cousin to 5 cirde) and I immediately felt at home ... The only thing I really can not stand is the headstock with the five keys in a row .. Really bad ..
    Now I ask .. I can change it to make it equal to the new jazz 5-string, with the keys 4 +1 without going to affect on the sound or possible dead spots?
    The shape looks the same to me ..
    Or I should I point to change the handle, maybe Warmoth?
  2. mrmills


    Jun 22, 2009
    Kent, UK
    Changing to a 4 + 1 setup should not change the sound.
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  4. Bassman Ski

    Bassman Ski

    Apr 15, 2010
    You said you got it "recently" ... How recent? I mean, long enough to where you should have liked it by now or do you still have time for it to "grow" on you?
  5. lukiluk


    Oct 12, 2012
    Recently mean by a month .. I picked it because it sounds really good, but I do not like the headstock .. For just an aesthetic reason
  6. let it alone: your eye will adapt soon! And remember that messing with it means highly decreasing the resale value!!!!

  7. lukiluk


    Oct 12, 2012
    Hai ragione Avezzano :)
  8. I actually prefer the 5 in a row over 4+1.:cool:
  9. :) I prefer myself the 4+1 over the 5 in line, you know!?!?!

    But if the instrument was born like that, leaving it as it is just makes some real sense! It sort of "characterise" it!!!

    For a long time Fender kept the 5 in line; then all of a sudden they switched to the 4+1 (1998?) so your bass actually is a piece of history by itself and you should even be quite... "proud" of your in line headstock!!!!

    :) V.
  10. ejaggers


    Aug 18, 2009
    dallas, tx
    I guess it's a matter of taste because I'm exclusively a 4 string player, and basses with 3+1 just look down right wrong to me. And it bugs me so much, that I wouldn't buy one. That said, I'd change it if it were me, but I don't resell basses anyway, so I go for what pleases me. On the other hand, I'm strongly against mutilating a vintage bass in good shape. But poor shape vintage is fare game.

  11. EagleMoon


    Jul 13, 2007
    Wexford, PA
    You could certainly buy a replacement neck to put on it. Down the road if you want to sell it you could put the original neck back on and sell the replacement neck.
  12. DwaynieAD

    DwaynieAD Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    I prefer the 4+1 over my 5 in a row config too, but it's not that big of a deal to me.. but hey, it's your money if that's what you want.

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