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1972 P: fretless to fretted conversion

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chef, Mar 12, 2008.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I have a 1972 fretless P I've had since I bought it used in 1974.
    Since I bought a 62 Jazz reissue fretless, I don't use the fretless P much anymore...

    I'd kinda like to "convert it" to a fretted bass. This really is as easy as bolting on a fretted neck, right?
    Anything else I need to know?

    Anyone know where to find a period correct fretted neck?

    thanks, alan
     
  2. Fishbrain

    Fishbrain

    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp
    I'd imagine so but I'm no expert
     
  3. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    I did the opposite: I took the fretted neck off a P and installed a fretless Warmoth in its place. No problem.

    Except for my intonation.:D
     
  4. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Warmoth, etc: yeah, I reckon that'd work, but I really want a "period correct neck."

    Any leads on sourcing one would be helpful.

    Anyone know if the CIJ '70's reissue necks found on ebay would work, or is the neck pocket different?
     
  5. -Kramer-

    -Kramer-

    Dec 9, 2003
    Charlotte, NC
  6. Why not have someone like Dolan fret it for you?? That would keep it all original.
     
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    FL, I could I guess...And ''ruin'' the fretless neck;)
    Saw that ebay link you mentioned Kramer...I don't mind spending some jack, that's one's high compared to completed listings...
     
  8. -Kramer-

    -Kramer-

    Dec 9, 2003
    Charlotte, NC
    My thoughts exactly, you could wait on a better deal to come up but I guess that just depends on how quickly you need to have this converted

    You might be able to find someone else with a early 70's fretted precision that would be willing to trade necks with you.
     
  9. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I'd just wait til a period correct neck comes up...and they do all the time. Then you could sell off yours to offset the cost.
     

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