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Modulus Necks: VJ4 vs. Quantum 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slowburn, Jan 17, 2013.


  1. Slowburn

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    Can anyone share some insight on the differences in feel and action from the vj4 vs. the quantum 5? weird question i know, but i have my reasoning.

    Thanks so much in advance!!!
     
  2. Slowburn

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    basically, is there a big difference? Modulus experts?
     
  3. mikezimmerman

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    Well, one is a 34" 4-strings neck with 21 frets and 19mm spacing, and one is a 35" scale 5-string neck with 24 frets and 17mm spacing. What aspect of the necks is it that you want compared, exactly?
     
  4. Dave W

    Dave W Previously bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    ^^^+1

    In essence, there is a huge difference between them.
     
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  6. elgecko

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    The VJ neck is more traditionally shaped (i.e. symmetrical) in cross section. The Q5 neck is asymetrical (like an airplane wing).

    EDIT: Disclaimer - This is for pre-truss necks. I haven't played the newer Q5s.
     
  7. edwinhurwitz

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    The Quantum necks also depends on the year. My 1990 Q6 neck is very flat on the back and makes the newer ones feel like baseball bats.
     
  8. mikezimmerman

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    I've had 2 Q5s--one non-trussrod from the 90's, one with truss rod from 2009--and neither had an asymmetrical neck. What year is/was yours from?
     
  9. elgecko

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    1993. It's thicker along the B-string side than along the G-side. ..and it's more pronounced at the nut than at the 24th fret...or is it the other way around?
     
  10. Quackhead

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    My Q5 did not have an asymmetrical neck either.
     
  11. elgecko

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    Odd...what year?
     
  12. Dave W

    Dave W Previously bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    My Q5 is a 2004 and isn't asymmetrical either. It is fairly thin front to back too, nothing like a baseball bat. It might be the thinnest neck I've got, and that include a Lakland and a Sadowsky.
     
  13. Slowburn

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    Bump for more discussion on quantum necks, that's the info I'm after! Thanks !
     
  14. elgecko

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    Regarding symmetry, I tried to measure the thickness on my Q5 with a pair of cheap, plastic calipers but couldn't come up with any meaningful measurements. With my hand though, I feel the neck tapering slightly towards the G side, most noticeably between the nut and the fourth fret.

    As mentioned above, they're very thin front-to-back and relatively flat. Really great feeling necks. Legend has it that Michael Tobias carved the necks that the original molds were made from.
     
  15. Roscoe East

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    I'd heard that too, but thought it only pertained to the through-body TBX models circa 1993. Only played one of those Quantum-5 TBX basses once and to be honest didn't notice whether or not the neck was asymmetrical.

    fwiw my 1988 Quantum 6-string neck seems symmetrical.
     
  16. Hidesert

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    My Q5 has a moderately wide-thin neck profile, definitely symmetrical. I think that scale and string spacing are the defining parameters between the two models, and thin /early/no truss rod vs. chunky/newer/truss rod defines the different neck profiles within a particular model.
    I have owned a Modulus for about a week, so that makes me an expert, right?
     
  17. Quackhead

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    I'm not sure. I sold it a few years back. It was probably a late 90's model though. And I am absolutely positive that it wasn't asymmetrical.

     
  18. Slowburn

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    thanks for the discussion. Love learning through your experiences. bump for more!
     

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