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Bound & Inlaid Neck Decision (MIM Jazz)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by malthumb, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. Maple with Black Binding / Blocks

    14 vote(s)
  2. Maple with Pearloid Binding / Blocks

    17 vote(s)
  3. Rosewood with Pearloid Binding / Blocks

    66 vote(s)
  4. Looks fine the way it is. Save your money

    21 vote(s)
  1. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Thinking about another upgrade to my MIM Jazz. Currently it has a rosewood MIM P-Bass dotted fretboard on it. For no reason other than to get a better look, I'm thinking of replacing that neck with a Bound / Block Inlay Jazz Bass neck. Question is, which one?

    Those of you who have a sunburst J-Bass with bound / block neck, please post pictures.

    Of course I'm interested in opinions and votes from all, but having pictures would help sway me one way or the other.

    Here's what it looks like today.....


    ....and here are my neck options....

    Maple with Black Binding and Black Blocks...


    Maple with Pearloid Binding and Pearloid Blocks....


    Rosewood with Pearloid Binding and Pearloid Blocks...


    I'm sorta leaning towards the rosewood / pearloid, but I've been waffling big-time among all three configs and could benefit greatly from your opinions and pictures.


  2. i voted for maple with pearliod. to me it significantly changes the look, but in a subtle way. it will also really give off the vibe that you have had custom work done to the bass, not just slapped in a '75 black block neck.
  3. IMHO Sunburst looks best with rosewood and the pearloid bindings and inlays give it that extra something.
  4. BassmanDk


    Nov 23, 2005
    Odense, Denmark
    Employee - 4Sound, Odense
    I would either go for the maple/white inlays for a more pimped out look or the rosewood/white inlays for a more classy look.
    The maple/black isn't that pretty imo.
    Maybe you should consider one more option; rosewood with bound neck and clay dots ala '66 jazz?

    But i voted against any new neck as i feel that the one you have is a perfect fit and i would rather save my money and buy a better bass (such as a american st.)
  5. tehuberc


    Mar 1, 2007
    Maple & Pearloid
  6. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    Rosewood and pearloid. It'll be perfect.
  7. bassaficionado6

    bassaficionado6 Something about gumption

    Jan 7, 2008
    Napa, CA
    I say rosewood pearloid.
  8. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    What electronics and pups do you have hiding under the covers? Looks like an Audere pre. Leave well enough alone and stay with 'the dots' - TOTALLY CLASSIC (just take the covers off and go naked!)

  9. dakpluto


    Oct 14, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    I say keep the neck you have now.

    But I've never been a big block neck fan though.
  10. Richard89


    May 7, 2007
    I think it looks nice with the neck you have now. But if you really want to change I think rosewood with perlaoid binding/blocks would look best.
  11. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    Exactly what I was about to say! I'm more a fan of rosewood with dots.
  12. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City

    Audere JZ3, Aero pickups (I think from a Lakland Skyline DJ4).

    Covers are stayin'....I luv 'em


  13. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Bump.....And request for pics of Sunburst w/ Rosewood and Pearloid Blocks. I'm starting to really feel this one.


  14. BassJunkie730


    Feb 3, 2005
    A different take on Mel Schacher's bass but here you go.

  15. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    I think it looks nice as-is but if you want to change it then the rosewood board with pearloid blocks is clearly the way to go! :D

    Of course, if you were open to trying a black pickguard then I think the maple with black blocks would look outstanding too.
  16. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Rosewood/pearloid all the way.
  17. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    The MIM bodies have 60s spacing. Go with rosewood/pearloid.
  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Rosewood & pearloid really looks classic to me.
  19. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    I voted leave it as is. I dig the dots, but if you're gonna change-rosewood w/blocks would be killer.
  20. jazz3.

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