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Current P-bass body w/Square neck pocket??

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by telepbrman, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. telepbrman


    Dec 11, 2007
    I have an extra 51 P-bass RI neck, and as you all know, it has a square heel...I'd like to put it on a modern P-bass body, which has a rounded neck pocket. So, I'm thinking of buying a modern body with a square neck pocket, but can't find one. Any scoop would be great...Or, should I just square off a modern's neck pocket with a set of chisels? I'm into the Tim Bogert and Billy Talbot look, thanks, dy.
  2. BillyRay

    BillyRay Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    I think you can buy bodies from Warmoth that have no neck pocket routed. Shop around for a machine shop that would be willing to route one for you. I know that Warmoth states that they don't do square heels.

    That or buy a body blank and go at it if you have the right tools.
  3. First, I would put the neck in the body at it's most rearwar position and measure the length from the 12th fret to the G bridge saddle and see what the difference is. If it is OK then I would make a wooden filler piece and fill the gap and try that for awhile and see if you are happy with it. The filler could be hidden with a custom pickgurd if necessary. If the neck needs to set deeper into the body, then you could route out the necessary body wood.

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