5 String Jazz, with 24 fret extension? And a deeper cutaway?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by b525, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. b525


    Nov 16, 2013
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Does this idea seem too far-fetched? :meh:

    Here's the bass that I will soon purchase, I've tried it out for hours, love the low action, incredible playability, sounds good enough, definitely worth more than what it costs, it's a Squier Affinity:
    But I'm not too fond of the 20 frets, I prefer 24...
    I then came across this image from Warmoth:

    And it sorta blew my mind. GENIUS. I could either get my fingerboard replaced from my local luthier or order that from Warmoth, maybe.

    The result so far would probably look something like this, but with 5 strings:

    Okay, now I have an upper fret access issue. What if I carved in the lower horn cutaway even deeper? Making the 24th fret more accessible?

    I'd love to hear your opinions! ;) Also, I'm probably gonna convert it into a High-C instead of a low-B.

    And if someone could do me a favor and photoshop the result of this mod, I would really appreciate it! :p Thanks.

    p.s. I know I'm crazy.
  2. b525


    Nov 16, 2013
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    It would probably look something like this, sorry for the rough edit. Should I go for it?
  3. ElectricHeir


    May 25, 2013
    I honestly think it'd turn out to be incredibly ugly, and your picture kinda affirms it, so it might be better to look into a bass that has 24 frets to begin with. The balance might be better that way too.
  4. LagBox


    Mar 3, 2013
    Cool idea, I don't see why you couldn't do it. Just watch out for the routing inside the body (I don't think this would be a problem.)

    You could also decorate it.

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  5. Manton Customs

    Manton Customs UK Luthier

    Jan 31, 2014
    Shropshire, UK
    Luthier, Manton Customs
    It would be possible but it'd be a lot of work sorting out that lower horn and re finishing. You'd be better off to just find a different 24 fret 5 string jazz bass you like....Or living with the poor high fret access.
  6. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    First off, you don't have to cut the access all the way back to the 24th fret... probably the 22nd or so and then carve the front part of the body a little. I think reducing the size of the whole horn would be more visually appealing, as that long shoehorn looking thing starts to look like a spaceranger schlong bass.

    More like this:

    Attached Files:

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  7. darrenmt


    Dec 15, 2004
    You're better off just buying a Fender Jazz Deluxe 24 fret 5 string or something like that. No point spending time and money on something that won't look right and possibly have issues with balance or playability.
  8. walkerofbass


    Aug 10, 2009
    San Diego
    I am considering this from Warmoth, but I was confused by this post for a minute. I found this post in a search because it's title references a 5 string. Warmoth 5 strings should be 22 frets standard, without any fingerboard overhang. I believe the picture of the 24 fret neck profile is the 4 string version, and the real bass with 24 frets is also a 4 string. Warmoth 4 string necks are standard 20 fret, without any fingerboard overhang. I don't think the true 5 string 24 fret overhang would be that extreme. The 23rd fret should just come to about the highest point in the heels arc. Am I right?
  9. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    JV 24 on eBay

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    I had one of these bases that was modded with a URetro pre in it.. It was actually my forst 19mm bass... The only reason I sold it was because the neck was kind of long and I had a shoulder injury that made it difficult for me to tune it... plus by then I had goptten onto other necks that I preferred.. like the MTD Kingston necks and Lakland necks.. the neck on these basses is a c neck and it is kind of thick..
    Did you end up doing this? I am in process of getting a neck made to do it.
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  11. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Post it when you get it. Not many examples out there. I just finished up this one. In my case it was done more for looks.

    Does yours have a space under the extension? I had a "bikini" pickguard made and it was a perfect fit until I tightened the truss rod and installed the neck. Now I have a little bit of space but I might leave it as is.

    Build Thread: "JazzMan" Bass


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  12. all genres bass

    all genres bass

    Jul 8, 2017
    I am thinking of doing something like that on a cheap diy kit. Look atelier z 24 frets up, that is the kind of thing I want. I am also thinking about scalloping the upper frets but I am not sure