1967 Fender Maple Cap Neck!! Help

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by REMBO, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    This neck is a 1967 prototype neck....I was surprised to see it's got a maple cap on top? Anyone have one of these?? Is yours also maple capped?
    Any other info would be great! Thanks ImageUploadedByTalkBass1395531467.893539.jpg ImageUploadedByTalkBass1395531482.042909.jpg ImageUploadedByTalkBass1395531507.962189.jpg
  2. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
  3. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
  4. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
  5. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Very cool how did you come across this.
  6. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    I'm surprised it still has the skunk stripe! It isn't really needed if the board is glued on; like a rosewood slab board neck. Unusual.
  7. Low Class

    Low Class

    Jul 4, 2005
    Fender did several necks like this. What makes you think it's a prototype?
  8. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    well, it has a prototype logo on the headstock.....from the limited amount of info I can find, it is said that these were original 50's p-bass necks with reverse tuners??

    and, they were used for trade shows & for the Fender catalog?? i'm really not too sure?
  9. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    I purchased it from Airline Vintage Guitars in Texas about 20 Years ago!
  10. Boot Soul

    Boot Soul

    Feb 10, 2009
    I checked out a 69 P Bass in a store in Ithaca NY that had a maple cap neck and no skunk stripe. The body and guard were black and it was lightweight. That was more than 15 years ago. Couldn't afford it then, and probably still couldn't today.

    I have a 68 Tele neck on a P body myself, but it is the typical one-piece maple with a skunk stripe, and the Fender logo reverse tuners.
    I love these chunky necks, but I have big hands. That one of yours is a real gem! It's interesting that there is no walnut plug at the front of the headstock, but that there is a skunk stripe (as observed by 96tbird). So cool that it takes the old non-reverse machines! In all the years you have had it, have you played it?
  11. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    i agree with you...it does indeed have the skunk stripe! not sure why with the maple capped neck?

    maybe someone on here will have more info??
  12. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    too bad we all didn't have cell phone camera's back in the day!
    imagine the cool pics we could all post?

    those were the days!!!:D
  13. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    this info I found claims there would be NO skunk stripe?

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  14. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    very cool bass that you have!! thanks for posting the pics!!

    i have never played that neck!! crazy as it seems....i was always hoping to find a blonde original body for it....but, i never have!! also, i need the early tuners....and, I've never found those either! i think they make new ones that will fit now!

    I've seen many p-basses with tele bass necks! and, i often wonder where are the bodies?
  15. pudgychef

    pudgychef In Memoriam

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    very cool looking neck. Looking forward to folks in the know posting some knowledge..learn a lot in threads like this :)
  16. The maple-cap was an option from 1964 onwards (up to 1970, when the 1-piece maple neck became available again as a standard). It was in every respect constructed the same way as a regular rosewood "veneer" fretboard, except the top-wood was maple instead. Indeed no skunkstripe (and no walnut plug at the headstock end), since the trussrod channel was routed from the top, and covered by the maple cap.

    Your neck is one from the earliest Telecaster-Bass necks. The Telecaster-bass was meant as a reissue of the original P-bass model, and came with a 1-piece maple neck as the originals had, from 1968 onwards. But the very first models, made in 1967, had a 2-piece maple-cap neck, since that was easier (they were already building maple necks like that for 3 years). Yours isn't a prototype, it's a regular, albeit very early, neck that used a different construction than the later necks. Not that Fender particularly cared back then, who would even dare to expect that 50 years later, some people would gather online to analyse pictures of what we were doing today "probably because this method of building was the least effort in terms of machining / readjusting building processes", with specialized websites that list every change of nut & bolt over the year, fonts, stamps,... while we just were looking for the cheapest supplier that could deliver the goods...

    The maplecap necks are not that common as the rosewood fretboard, but they're not überrare either. It was "just" an option, like a custom-color was an option. There are some notable uses who used maplecap instruments:

    Roger Glover (Deep Purple)
    Nick O'Maley (Artic Monkeys)
    The "Slab" basses for John Entwistle (The Who), Larry Taylor (Canned Heat), Chip Hawkes (The Tremeloes), Steve Curry (T-Rex) all had maplecap necks, as had the "woodstock strat" from Hendrix, or the black tele from Dylan in the 1966 "JUDAS" tour.
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  17. ukulelelab


    Apr 14, 2013
  18. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    OMG, that is unbelievably beautiful...
  19. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    And the thot plickens...back then "5" was the code for a Precision Bass neck. "23" was the code for a Telecaster Bass neck as on mine from May '68.
  20. Boot Soul

    Boot Soul

    Feb 10, 2009
    The Bass Palace? In Scranton, PA? I thought that place closed down years ago. I'm glad to see it back in some form, but had no idea about it. Never saw it mentioned at TalkBass, but it must have been....I just never saw those threads.
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