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Custom shop Jazz neck on '57 RI P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Son of Wobble, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Got a hankering to mix and match some bass guitar parts.

    Specifically, I've got a killer quarter sawn Fender CS jazz neck I think would marry nicely with the body my 57 RI.

    Has anyone tried this combo?
  2. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Jazz neck on a P-bass? Never been done. ;)
  3. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Haha - touche! And yes, it has all been done -- except that the devil is in the details, and I specifically wondered how a rosewood jazz fingerboard would compliment/effect the raised pole pickup on the '57. I'm hoping to tame the bright high end sound of the '57 and end up with something akin to a CS '59 but with a jazz neck.

    Any anecdotal info welcome, cheers
  4. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    The AV '57 pickup is pretty punchy. Not sure if changing the neck would make a noticeable change in that, but it's easy enough to take a screwdriver to those four neck bolts and find out. As an aside, I really like the neck that comes on the AV '57, it's wide and flat like my '64. Very comfy.
  5. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    thank you kindly - and I do appreciate that the '57's chunky neck is the main selling point for most fans of that particular bass.

    Anyone else tried a swap with these specific components?
  6. Lou Bottini

    Lou Bottini

    Feb 25, 2004
    The bass in my avatar started out with a '72 Precision "A" neck. Super narrow 1 7/16" at the nut. Dan Ransom in S.F. built the alder body finished by Pat Wilkins. This is always my go to bass. Love this set up.

    Easy to do neck swap; try it.
  7. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Will do - thanks, Lou!
  8. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    The heal on the AVRI basses is a little wider than the "modern" basses. Check to see if the width on you CS neck is the same as the '57.
  9. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Thanks for pointing that detail out, I'll compare the specs on the heel of the two necks as you suggest.