When is routing a neck pocket necessary?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bonruiz, Feb 7, 2014.


  1. bonruiz

    bonruiz

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    When a neck pocket is rough or uneven, will precision routing or fine sanding it improve sustain and neck alignment?

    Thank you very much.

    :bassist:
  2. joseplluissans

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    Why is a neck pocket rough or uneven? Isn't it routed in the first place?
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    A poorly routed neck pocket can cause setup issues for sure. Do you have any pictures of your problem?
  4. T-Bird

    T-Bird

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    Hi.

    IME yes.

    Once again, my 03 Korean Epi T-Bird:

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    Both the sustain and note-to-note consistency was improved.

    IMO anyway ;).

    Regards
    Sam
  5. bonruiz

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    My Fender 72 Jazz Bass neck pocket looked like that ( and after reading a lot about Fender's history, I found out that some basses made in the early 70s had loose or rough neck pockets ) My luthier in The Philippines ( Maestro Arie Hipolito ) sanded out the roughness on the neck pocket and improved my keeper bass' sustain and neck alignment!
    A big plus and now my JAzz Bass is really "in the pocket" !

    Cheers! :bassist:
  6. Rocky McD

    Rocky McD Supporting Member

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    The roughness is probably a build up of paint, primer, etc. Resurfacing with a router would be the most accurate but could be accomplished with careful sanding. The tone transfer should be improved by a better contact area.
  7. bonruiz

    bonruiz

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    Thanks , my bass neck pocket had a lot of paint rough stuff, my luthier routed a hairline off of the neck pocket and everything went in place. Very precise and definitely a plus for my keeper bass.

    Cheers!

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