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are there any replacement/kit bowable electric bass necks?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by freddyi, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. freddyi


    Jul 24, 2010
    are there necks to diy and/or screw to a Fender/clone which have appropriate radius? It would be nice to have such a thing as a basis for a simple EUB.
  2. gigslut


    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    Will a Fender body accommodate bowing?
  3. GolemTB


    Dec 22, 2011
    Nope. But he said "Fender Clone" ... which to
    me said "body with a std Fender neck pocket,
    but expendable enuf to be modded to clear a
    bowing arc."

    Or mebbe I'm just reading to much into it :)

    OTOH, any slab of tonewood would do, IF one
    could buy a tight radius neck, Fender-heeled
    or not. Think on it ... the bottom of the heel is
    flat. You just bolt onto the surface of the body,
    no need to sink the heel into any neck pocket.
    Consider the usual URB, with its neck waaaay
    above the top of the body, and angled as well.

    Also, you'd not only need a tight radius neck,
    but an equally curved bridge. You need lotsa
    space between strings and body top, to allow
    room for the full curve of the bridge, so again
    there's reason to bolt ONTO the body top but
    not INTO a neck pocket.

    Also-also, you gotta go piezo, unless you come
    up with a mag PU suitable for a string set that
    lies in a curved shape, cylindrical not planar.

    Anywho, a Fender neck heel may be the std for
    building bass guitars from parts, but it's not an
    asset to building an EUB. A flat-bottomed, but
    angled, neck heel would bolt up to a slab in an
    easier and more URB-ish way.


  4. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Save yourself the trouble and get an EUB:
    Not necessarily that one, but there's plenty to choose from.

    Being both an electric and double bass player, this is the only thing that makes sense to me. An electric bass is not designed to be bowed, regardless of what neck you have on it.
  5. gigslut


    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    To me a "clone" is a "copy". If you aren't going with a traditional Fender body shape, why limit yourself to a Fender neck pocket?
  6. GolemTB


    Dec 22, 2011

    Eggzakerlee .... BingO.

  7. Holy cow, how many posts/words does it take to say "No"?
  8. freddyi


    Jul 24, 2010
    (GolemTB has the right interpretation - I'd make a crude body or hack one) - -guess no one has stepped up to market such a product. I've balance issues, shoulder issues, and a numb right hand/weak left so at this point an EUB may be only a dream functionally (?) I've no mobility to audition anything. Besides some attempt to bow it would be nice to get the "click" on Dixon style slapped regular e-bass - maybe a piezo could be added to a diy (not me) walnut bass - the fretless Kramer doesn't get the click

    3-fretless laying around

    maybe I'll look into one of those low end 1/2 plywood uprights
  9. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    I guess most of the responders missed the part about building a simple EUB. You could get a custom neck from Warmoth and you can specify the radius but even with a standard radius they run around $300 and I don't know that they could do as extreme a radius as you need to be bowable. On the other hand here is another commercial EUB that runs only around $700.


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