Anything ACTUALLY wrong with Squier necks?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sir juice, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. sir juice

    sir juice

    Sep 11, 2006
    London, England
    I have a Frankenstein build underway, using some very nice parts.

    I don't have much money, and I was simply thinking of using the neck off one of my old squiers. It's pretty comfy, and I'd go with maple on rosewood anyway.

    If I got the frets sorted out (ie. PLEKed) would it be as good quality-wise as say, a Warmoth?

    I doubt it's got any reinforcement other than the truss rod, but there's a ton of quality basses without graphite, and I'm not using strings with any ridiculous tension.

    What hypothetically could go wrong?
  2. SpamBot

    SpamBot Guest

    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Wow, any neck PLEKed would be amazing fret-wise, and with a new nut that would be an amazing neck. With PLEK, I would not be surprised if that neck turned out better than a Warmoth. Have you looked into PLEK though? There are only like 3 machines or so in the world, so it might get expensive :meh:
  3. I'm in the process of rebuilding a squire, making fairly significant changes to it as well. After doing a fair bit of setting up with the original neck it is a LOT more playable than before so I don't believe I need to replace the neck.

    As SpamBot said, if you get the bass Plek'd it should make it WAY better. From what I know of the process, as long as the neck isn't inherently terrible Plek should be able to improve it to an amazing degree.
  4. I have a Korean '89 maple P neck that compares very favorably with many other P's I've played.
  5. SpamBot

    SpamBot Guest

    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Do they even do PLEKs for basses? I've only heard of them on '08 LPs and Framus guitars.
  6. The finish could always be better... I've had a few with small small bubbles and some very thin spots that wore off in a few months.
  7. broadblik

    broadblik Guest

    Aug 10, 2008
    Sheffield, UK
    Lots of people have Plek systems.

    Warwick, Lakland, G+L, CF Martin, they've been around for a while...
  8. Fetusyolk

    Fetusyolk Guest

    Aug 7, 2008
    yes, someone mentioned of a boutique bass builder now PLEKing all of the new basses around here, maybe they will chime in
  9. SpamBot

    SpamBot Guest

    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Really? I remember a Frumus review in Guitar World that said it was the only one in the world, but then again that was about a year ago...
  10. I've just put a barely used 50th Fender Anniversary Squier Strat neck on my Frankenstrat. It's really terrific - no fretware allows me an insanely low & tension-free action.

    Nothing wrong with Squier necks.
  11. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    For the price of a plek (200, IIRC), you could buy a warmoth and a fret dressing, that's what I'd do. YMMV, but my warmoth came out of the box with great fretwork and didn't need any fret dressing.

    As for the quality issues with squire, it would depend on the neck. A MIJ squire would be a great neck. The new chinese squire's are good, but relatively untested as far long term reliablility. Having ownd a Vietnamese squire, and currently a bass with a warmoth neck I can say without doubt that I wouldn't put any cash into a Vietnamese squire neck.

    No, there's nothing wrong with a squire neck persay, but even with a plek, it wouldn't be as well made, as a warmoth neck.
  12. w33nie

    w33nie Guest

    Jan 27, 2008
    Whats PLEK?
  13. Sathington W.

    Sathington W. Guest

    Dec 1, 2008
    Lubbock, Texas
  14. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    IIRC, a PLEK fret-treatment runs about $150. That's a lot of money to spend unless you actually need it.
  15. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I have four Squiers, all their necks are pretty tasty without any treatment/PLEK/dressing.
    I wouldn't worry about it, if you like the feel of the neck.
  16. odin70


    Dec 26, 2007
    i have one squire neck and imo its really not a quality neck. Its like night and day compared to my exellent warmoth necks.
  17. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Usualy bad advice to build something nice with a neck that might move around; don't ask me how I know
  18. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I have an Indonesian Squier P-Bass, and it's a fantastic neck. That said, I'd save a bit and get a really nice used neck.
  19. Kemet09


    Oct 29, 2004
    Endorsements: Sire Basses
    Yes Lakland has one... I've seen it with mine own eyes!!!! :eek: