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Bass with a wide nut that is not too heavy

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Paul4703, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Paul4703


    Mar 19, 2007

    Looking to buy a bass, I tried a few and found that I really would like a one with a nut width of at least 1.68"/42.5mm.

    The Fender 50s reissue fitted the bill with a 1.75" nut but I hated the 'sticky' polyurothane finish on the neck. The Ibanez atk300 had a 1.68" nut but was way to heavy. I asked around the local guitar shops but they didn't know of any alternatives.

    Can anyone suggest a bass model that has a wide nut and is not too heavy? And if it was short scale, that would be a bonus.


  2. sarcastro83


    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    couldn't you just pick up the 50's RI and sand some off the finish off of the back of the neck? I've never done it myself, but I've heard of others doing that to their basses...
  3. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    If you do go the "sanding" route, I would recommend the really fine 3M "Scotchbrite" pad #7448 (grey color). Simply mask off the ends of the neck where you want to end the matte finish and scuff the poly lightly. You will have to do it every once in a while as your hand polishes the neck again but it only takes a couple of minutes.

    Dan K.
  4. powerbass

    powerbass Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2006
    western MA
    a good cabinet scraper will remove the finish down to wood in just a few minutes compared to a much longer time w/sandpaper or w/chemical strippers. check the luthier's forum for more info, here's a good source for scrapers
    After you scrape the finish off then sand then apply tung oil etc. This is similar to a double bass neck
  5. TrooperFarva


    Nov 25, 2004
    New City, NY
    Wouldn't most any P Bass fit your requirements?

    Take a look at the Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe basses from Squier.
  6. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Have you considered PMing a luthier here?
  7. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    I swear my 62 RI Precision weighs 8 lbs. it's light as hell. Sticky neck was sanded down - now good to go. Just use a REALLY fine grit sanding block
  8. impactwrench


    Feb 22, 2009

    but the classic vibes have poly necks.

    look for a used MIM for about $300 or less. nice to begin with and simple to upgrade.

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