Precision Neck Replacement Ideas

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  1. matti777

    matti777 Supporting Member

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    I love my '57 AVRI P except for the big neck. I've tried to sell it but no interest unless I want to give it away. I was playing a Roadworn P at a local music store today and liked the neck which seemed thinner (is the neck actually thinner on these?). This got me to thinking. Perhaps I should just buy a thinner maple neck instead of shopping for another bass. What specs should I be looking for? I think the '57 is 1 3/4" C shape. Any ideas what my options are? Perhaps just a std American neck? I'm not stuck on the nitro.
     
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  3. matti777

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    Lots of choices there. There fretboard radius is larger but probably ok. By the time I price one up its $380 plus shipping, tax, etc. maybe $500 total. Perhaps a std finish steel truss rod neck would be okay too :)
     
  4. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    The AVRI necks are wider at the neck pocket than the modern P basses. So, I don't think the Warmoth neck will fit properly. You may want to see if the AVRI jazz basses have the same size neck pocket as the P basses.
     
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    +1
     
  8. matti777

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    Good point. I see MusiKraft lists a vintage heel width of 2 7/16" vs 2 1/2" for std Fender P basses. I'll measure today. EDIT: It is only 2 1/2" wide
     
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    Maybe stating the obvious, but you will really hurt the value of your bass if you replace the neck.
     
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    Just stick the old neck back on when it's time to sell.
     
  11. matti777

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    Nobody wanted to pay $900 for it anyway so I'm not too worried :) I'll sell the stock neck which is very nice.
    I think I'm going to make it look like a '70s bass with black guard and a J maple neck with black block inlays
     
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    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    Depending on the shape of your bass, I would think that $900 is a fair price for it. You just have to realize that the economy sucks and with the holidays, people don't have a lot of extra cash. If you list it again in a few months, you'll probably get someone to buy it.
     
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    What do you want for the fender fat neck?
     
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    +1 They make phenomenal necks, and they'll make whatever size, shape, etc. you want.
     
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    Musikraft has a ton of options which is nice because I can try and replicate the dark tint gloss finish. I'm glad I didn't sell the bass just because of the neck width. It really is an awesome sounding bass. Hopefully a new neck doesn't change that. I'll keep the old one until I'm happy with the new one.
     
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    Great question OP!

    I have been migrating away from my '57 and '62 RI's to 70's basses primarily because I have found that I like the narrower width. Love the flat depth of the RI's but not the nut width. Jazz's are too narrow (for me).
    The basses that I miss the most are my ash-bodied '57's but I have not been able to find a 70's neck that fits the neck pocket without leaving huge, unsightly (to me) gaps.
    Would love to find a 7.25" radius neck with a narrower (not Jazz) width nut for my beloved '57 blonde.

    Adding that I have a double handful of the MIM 50's necks in both roadworn and "regular" and I have found them to be essentially identical to the AV RI's necks.
     

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