Neck Swap Out on a Squier P

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Ampig, Dec 3, 2013.


  1. Ampig

    Ampig Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2000
    Messages:
    860
    Location:
    Newport News, Virginia
    Will a standard P bass replacement neck (Mighty Mite, Allparts, etc) work on Squier Affinity P bass?
     
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Messages:
    2,817
    Location:
    Way Out West
    I do know that the Mexican Fender P neck they sell on the Fender website will fit a Squier.I've done it.
    I did once try to put a Mighty Mite Strat neck on a Squier Strat body... didn't fit. I had to shave down the neck heel to make it work.
     
  3. s4001

    s4001

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    Messages:
    589
    I tried an allparts on a Squier and had to shim the sides.
     
  4. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2010
    Messages:
    1,547
    Location:
    Downstate CA
    Squiers are notoriously inconsistent. Measure the neck pocket. The Fender replacements should be 2.5" wide at the heel.
     
  5. Register to disable this ad
  6. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2008
    Messages:
    2,757
    Location:
    Emeryville, Ca
    Disclosures:
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Assume nothing...
     
  7. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Messages:
    6,347
    Location:
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    Did you need to drill out any holes on the neck? The pics on the Fender site make it look like everything is pre-drilled, but you never know ...
     
  8. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh! Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2012
    Messages:
    689
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    I have a Fender MIM neck on a JP Squier body, and there's a little gap, but it's fine. I also have an older Squier Standard neck on an Affinity body, without issue. Maybe that's not exactly apples to apples, though maybe it's more like Honeycrisp apples-to-Gala apples, I don't know ...
     
  9. eb3mike

    eb3mike

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2010
    Messages:
    150
    A year ago I purchased an SX neck found here from someone 10 miles away from me. Brand new unfinished for $50. Perfect fit and intonation on a Squire P. I play it almost everyday.
     
  10. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Messages:
    2,817
    Location:
    Way Out West
    Yep... It did arrive pre-drilled, but lined up great.
    Not the tightest fit side to side, but not too sloppy. The pocket depth was just right for a nice set up. No shim required.
    On the headstock, the machine head holes are pre-drilled also. The match up was good there too. One or two of the tiny screws went in at an angle, but worked out well.
     
  11. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Messages:
    6,347
    Location:
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    The fretboard has a gloss finish, Yes?
     
  12. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Messages:
    2,817
    Location:
    Way Out West
    The real nice thing about it is that it is gloss on the fretboard and headstock front and satin finish on the back. Skunk stripe too. I did have to drill the string tree hole. It says made in Mexico and has its own ser # on the back of the headstock.
     
  13. elBandito

    elBandito

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2008
    Messages:
    993
    Location:
    Rotten Apple
    There's nothing special about "satin" finish on fender/squier necks. They just rough up the finish with some sanding. MIA necks come nicely finished, but on MIM and lower models, you can tell they just knocked down the gloss with sandpaper. Very easy to DIY.

    Proper satin finish used on other companies seem completely different. On couple of my guitars, satin finish on the neck is actually finished in matte. Feels very different from gloss finish sanded down.
     
  14. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Messages:
    1,253
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    I just put a MIM Fender neck on a Squier Jazz body, and although it was a tight fit, it definitely worked just fine. The screw holes lined up with no gaps anywhere. The specs for a MIM Fender neck heel are the same as the U.S. ones which are the same as Mighty Mite, All Parts and Warmoth. Like someone else said, though, not all Squier measurements are the same. It would be a "cross your fingers" situation.
     
  15. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Messages:
    6,347
    Location:
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    One last question. On the Fender website the copy for the MIM Maple fretboard says it has white dot markers, but the pic shows black dots. Which is it?
     
  16. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Messages:
    2,817
    Location:
    Way Out West
    Cliff... Black dots
     
  17. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Messages:
    1,253
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    Definitely black dots.
     
  18. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Messages:
    6,347
    Location:
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    Excellent. Thanks!
     

Share This Page