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Asymmetrical necks!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Indigo, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. Indigo


    Feb 19, 2004
    Örebro, Sweden
    Hey all!

    I own a Tobias bass, and I just love the feeling of the asymmetrical neck. Are there more brands than Tobias that have asymmetrical necks? I found that the Warmoth Gecko-necks was asymmetrical. The MTD-basses is asymmetrical I assume...? Even the cheaper models?

  2. Schwinn


    Dec 4, 2002
    Sarasota, FL
    Carvin does a 5 string asymetrical neck with wide string spacing. It's a beautiful thing.
  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Fender Roscoe Beck's are asymmetrical I believe.
  4. Ibanez BTB1000 series have assymetrical necks as well as most of the BTB500 series. The BTB400 series doesn't.
  5. Indigo


    Feb 19, 2004
    Örebro, Sweden
    Ahh, the BTB has asymmetrical necks, gotta check them out...thanks!

    It sounds like a stupid question, but the MTD-basses has asymmetrical necks, right?
  6. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA

  7. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    heres a stupid question. whats asymetrical mean in terms of a bass neck. i know the meaning of the word, im guessing theres more wood on one side of the neck. not round or well symetrical.
  8. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    you are correct. The neck is a wee bit slimmer on the G string side.

    It's subtle, but nice. i've had three such necks, one by Carvin, MTD and Ibanez
  9. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Does it make the neck feel a bit fuller? I've never even noticed it...
  10. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    This is the explaination from the Warmoth site about their Gecko asymmetrical neck:

    "The Gecko series bass necks feature an asymmetric back shape for a more comfortable, fast feeling. These necks "feel" thin, but retain sufficient bulk for strength and tone. The asymmetric back shape keeps perceived neck bulk down for maximum hand comfort and to create a thinner, fast feeling neck. The bass side of the neck is thicker, with the treble side being thinner. Your thumb will find easy reference as your hand glides up and down the neck. This is a very comfortable neck to play."
  11. I used to own a Wal bass that had an asymmetrical neck. It was very comfortable. :bassist:
  12. Davo737


    Feb 29, 2000
    Syracuse, NY
    Modulus Genesis basses have asymmetrical necks.
  13. superphat


    Sep 30, 2001
    yup, the Genesis was co-designed by Michael Tobias.
    i LOVE the asymetrical neck on my MTD heir 5.
    LOVE IT.
  14. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    The F bass has an asymmetrical neck also.
  15. TheLarch

    TheLarch Supporting Member

    USA Hamer Cruise bass (the ones from the 1990's). One of the nicest, if not THE nicest, neck I have ever played.

    My 1996 Hamer Cruise bass is up for sale in "Gear For Sale". Shameless, self-serving plug, I know.

    In general, these are super-sweet basses that are grossly under-rated.
  16. BassLand


    Mar 20, 2000
    Lost Angeles

    I worked for Tobias Guitars for almost 10 years. When I started we were the only ones I knew of that made the Asymmetric neck. It is surpising to find out how many companies do it now.

  17. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    .....and how many companies should do it also.Pssss ErnieBall.are you listing. :help:
  18. Indigo


    Feb 19, 2004
    Örebro, Sweden
    Thanks guys, for your responses =) Now I know of a bunch more brands that use asymmetrical necks. It still feels like I´m sticking to Tobias though, hehe =)

    Oh, it´s you that written that article about Tobias basses. Very interesting stuff. Yeah, it´s really cool that so many have started making the asymmetrical necks on their basses to. And very good also, because I love the feel of them =)

    Thanks again, everybody!
  19. XxBlackOrchidxX


    Dec 23, 2003
    this may be the 3rd stupid question of the thread; what is "MTD" ?
  20. Michael Tobias Design

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