What is the Best Neck?

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  1. LanOsb133

    LanOsb133

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    So now that I have your attention... What is your personal favorite neck configuration and why? Fretted or Fretless?

    Personally I love an All maple neck. It just looks so right and so purty. I honestly hate the look of a rosewood fingerboard/maple neck, but really love the look of an all rosewood neck/fingerboard. Sadly I have only played one neck like that (Was a Stringray 5 at GC and it sounded quite delicious)

    P.S. Bonus points for those who make me GAS for a Rosewood/Maple neck through pictures of a sexy bass.

    P.S.S. I don't want arguing about which configuration is better. Everyone has their personal choice as to which is better and lets leave it at that. (Because obviously Maple/Maple is the best :p )
     
  2. Silver Blues

    Silver Blues

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    Typically a fairly thin maple/rosewood with very small frets is my favorite, but that's by no means verbatim for every bass I like. Nut width doesn't so much matter to me, I'm playing exclusively 1 11/16" P-size necks now but I've played others like that I hate and Jazz-width necks I love and hate. Blocks and binding is always welcome too. I like really thick all maple guitar necks though (my Hanson is heaven to me.)

    --Silvie
     
  3. jay tay

    jay tay

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    My preference is a very thin Maple neck, with a rose wood slab, unlined fretless, and with a huge nut width. Ideally the maple and rose wood will be quite figured (just for aesthetic reasons), the finish will be satin (for speed), and a nice soft head angle. Two trus rods, with access at the headstock.
     
  4. xxx666

    xxx666

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    Avoid rednecks
     
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  6. LanOsb133

    LanOsb133

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    I literally laughed for a good minute there... Possibly the greatest answer to any question ever asked.
     
  7. F-Clef-Jef

    F-Clef-Jef

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    Composite graphite with a phenolic fingerboard, jumbo frets, tuners on the body...
    Steinberger!
    Okay, maybe not.
    I love my Warmoth maple/rosewood jazz neck. Just slightly chunkier than a Fender jazz neck.
     
  8. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    My fretless has a Dymondwood fingerboard and maple neck. Love the tone of that fingerboard.
     
  9. Catbuster

    Catbuster

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    All maple recent Mexi Jazz profile with bright frets and a satin finish. Man is that nice.
     
  10. cfsporn

    cfsporn Banned

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    I would love to play an all ebony unlined fretless neck. Preferably one that is on the thicker side, but ebony necks are rare enough all ready.
     
  11. TinIndian

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  12. boristhespider9

    boristhespider9

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    Lakland USA Bob Glaub with Joe Osborn neck. East Indian Rosewood and Birdseye Maple dots. If this doesn't make you like Rosewood fretboards on a Maple neck, nothing will. And yes, that's quartersawn maple.

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  13. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

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    Hell yeah, All day.

    Though a guilty pleasure of mine is an unlined fretless burl maple board with tiger maple neck with some crazy amount of lacquer.
     
  14. David Jayne

    David Jayne

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    Any neck that doesn't require 75 truss rod adjustments per year.
     
  15. Atalante

    Atalante

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    Fretted with no laquier. And FAT. Like the one on Warwicks or old Precisions. Dark woods.
     
  16. Dubista

    Dubista

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    I'm a huge Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard combination fanboy. I like them finished like on my AV62 P. I just can't get with maple unless it's finished ala the Stingray Classic. I just find that on my SR gets really funky, but I still rock it.
     
  17. TechJunky

    TechJunky Supporting Member

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    I'm a biased Warwick lover, so Ovangkol with Wenge fretboard wins it for me (yes I've played the Wenge necks, and I still prefer Ovangkol).

    That out of the way, I also love ebony boards with no markers of any sort and 1 1/2" nut. And tuners on both sides (ie 2+2, 3+1, 3+2, 4+1, etc). Also either oil or satin finish, no poly or gloss necks for me.
     
  18. conebeckham

    conebeckham

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    I played a bass with a laminate maple/pau ferro/purpleheart neck, and a pau ferro (or was it purpleheart?) board, that was way cool......can't recall what bass it was, though...Rudy's Music Stop, mid -90's, though....
     
  19. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa

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    I don't care that much for that as long as it matchs the color of the bass...

    So I have 2 Maple/rosewood , 1 walnut/maple, 2 maple/ebony ( a fretless and a DB )
     
  20. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

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    Small frets on ebony over maple.
     
  21. placedesjardins

    placedesjardins

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    My friend had a Fender Precision Bass. It had a gloss black painted neck and headstock with a rosewood fretboard. I thought it was cool.
     

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