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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Aenema, Mar 6, 2005.
how do these each affect the bass? sound? playability? sustain?
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That's a loaded question, answers will nearly all be either full of opinions or impossible to understand science. It's also been discussed at great length repeatedly around here. A quick search should give you several hours of reading, none of which will give you a definitive answer.
I think there is one thing that remains objective in the bolt-on vs. neck-through debate:
That if your necks gets severely damaged, you're pretty much screwed if your bass is neck-through. A damaged bolt-on neck can be detached and a new neck can be re-bolted on.
This is somewhat misleading. You should add "assuming you can find a neck" to this. As near as I can tell finding a replacement neck for anything but a P or J bass costs around as much as an entirely new bass.
True, but still, a bolt-neck bass is still theoretically more salvagable than a through-neck bass if the neck is badly damaged.
neck throughs are often shaped (where the bolts would go in on a bolt on) to allow more comfortable and better access to the upper register. Which I really like.
then theres the idea that bolt ons can shift and neckthroughs dont... I havnt run into a problem with my bolt on yet...
i think that its a matter of opinion.
i dont own a neck through though. they are really expensive. I own a bolt on warwick, and when i played the neck through it sounded quite different. Not as snappy or bright, but really defined and i really liked the lows.
I would like to get a neck through at some point.
True, but what percentage of basses have necks damaged and require replacing?
My experience w/neck throughs over bolt-ons:
Maybe in some cases not as bright sounding but a lot more mids, deeper lows and better sustain. My theory is that sound travels more efficiently though consistent and uninterupted materials vs traveling through a neck joint into different density woods. Of course the best thing to do is try and play bolt-on and neck through versions of the same bass-like a Spector or Warwick to get a good A-B comparison.
I personally like the feel of a neck-through bass. If the neck was damaged, I guess you could always have a pocket routed and turn it to a bolt on. . .unless there is too much of a taper where the neck meets the body.
To date 25% of the basses I've owned have been retired due to irrepairable neck issues. Also dropping in a new neck allows for replacement of a worn fingerboard, which would lower the restoration bill for my 4001 Rick by about $500, were such an option available.
Okay, now that's just nitpicking. But you never know what could happen at a rowdy gig or whatever other wonky situations. Likeliness of wonky happenings can be slim, but it still a real possibility.
I still stand by my assessment.
It's good that you stand by your assessment. But, my assessment is that I've been playing in a wide variety of situations for a very long time, both with bolt-on and neck-through instruments, and never had to replace a neck.
That's an awfully high percentage. It's tragic that so many basses you've owned have gone to bass-heaven because of neck issues. What caused those issues, if you don't mind my asking?
25%? I have owned 20 different basses in 26+ years of playing, and have had regular playing time with 12 - 15 more at various churches I have played for, and have never had a single experience with an irrepairable neck issue.
I guess I am doing something wrong.
I've been playing for over 20+ years and have never replaced a neck on a bass. I only have neck thrus now because they are my personal preference. The "you might mess up the neck" argument for bolt-on verses neck thru is a possibilty but so remote that I don't think that it is an issue. Buy and play what feels best to you.
Living in Maryland for 5 years without reliable AC. 100%+ humidity for months on end will kill almost anything.
Sustain (NT) vs Punch (BO).
Dude, I live in PA, and it's not that bad (also, impossible to have 100%+ humidity). My uncle is a Frederick native for as long as I can remember, and has guitars/basses older than I, no sweat at all. He just moved into a house with AC for the first time about 5 years ago.