New Fender jazz bass neck...no string tree hole?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by jazzonlyjazz, Jan 3, 2014.


  1. jazzonlyjazz

    jazzonlyjazz

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    So I have a Fender jazz bass (MIM) maple fretboard bass neck waiting to arrive and I contacted Consumer Relations to ask if the holes for mounting screws were pre-drilled.

    They said the ones for the tuning machines are but the rep said he wasn't sure about the string tree. In the event that it is not pre-drilled:

    Where should this string tree hole go on the headstock?

    What drill bit do I need? Do I NEED to use a power drill?

    How deep do I have to drill into the headstock?
  2. tbear1776

    tbear1776

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    Hope this will help.
  3. unclebass

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    If it is not drilled for a string tree, you might want to look into getting a bar type string tree that would also help hold down the A string, which is the one that tends to give so much trouble on Fenders. A bar mounded near the E string post would keep the break angle of all 4 strings the same. This would be my choice if my headstock had no holes predrilled.
  4. Precision101

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    Dude when I got my new neck it was such a pain in the butt to install the string tree. The only reason I think they don't install the hole is because they don't know the exact calculations for where the strings would lie under it.
  5. Precision101

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    This is what I did. Look at the white bass and I installed a bar retainer.
  6. 96tbird

    96tbird Supporter Supporting Member

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    On a jazz, they put it on about halfway between the E and A tuners. On precision a it seems right beside the A. This is just unsubstantiated observation and it also appears that it is done by eye and no measurements are involved. IME.
  7. Precision101

    Precision101

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    When I got my new p bass they didn't even bother to drill it down all the way (string tree) along with a terribly slotted nut.
  8. elBandito

    elBandito

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    Are maple board necks back in stock at fender?

    I had to drill the hole myself on the MIM replacement neck. If you have a dremel, you can buy a drill press kit for under 50 bucks. Good enough for small jobs like this.
  9. jazzonlyjazz

    jazzonlyjazz

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    Yep they're definitely back in stock. Don't know if it'll still show on their website though

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