Buyer Beware — AllParts PJMO-FAT Neck

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Willicious, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. Willicious

    Willicious Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    Just a quick public service announcement:

    If you're in the market for an AllParts replacement neck for your P or J, you might want to steer clear of their PJMO-FAT neck. In photos, the Fender-style headstock looks normal, but it's sized about 10% smaller than a standard P or J headstock, the bores that accept the tuner bushings are 9/16" dia. instead of standard 11/16", and the bores locate on a shorter center-to-center distance between each other. This means you cannot load this neck with standard-size tuners, bushings, etc.

    The "fat" neck profile is actually quite nice. Too bad about the headstock.

    Nobody, even AllParts, flags any of this info, so buyer beware before pulling the trigger on this neck.

    The more you know.

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  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    See something, say something.
  3. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Well, the copy does say small headstock but lists the tuner holes @ 11/16". The 9/16" makes more sense as the down-sized headstock offers limited real estate. This would be a great candidate for 3/8" Hipshot cloverleaf tuners in the interest of aesthetics and weight management. FTR, Valenti does the same thing although the headstock "footprint" differs somewhat.

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  4. Willicious

    Willicious Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    Heard from AllParts, and their thinking behind the product:

    "The tuner holes are designed for the smaller, sealed back tuning keys, such as the Grover, Gotoh, and Schaller gears. The smaller headstock is a take on a recent Fender design that we had a # of requests to do."

    Again, their product description is lacking—which is really the only issue, here—and I have my doubts they'll fix it, but there you go.
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    so it's like a headstock on a fender P-bass lyte or something?
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  6. Willicious

    Willicious Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    I'd say it's closer to the dimensions of a Fender P Bass Jr headstock.
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