Favorite Necks

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LightForce104, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. LightForce104

    LightForce104 Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Hey guys,

    On TB, I always see people talk about their favorite necks, and how they just feel "right". I took a much-needed trip to the music store yesterday, and I got a chance to try out some basses. I tried 4 basses (Squier VM 70s Jazz, Fender Modern Player Jazz, Fender I think MIM Precision, and some type of Ray) and all of the necks were comfortable. After the initial adjustment to long scale (I play a shortie), I was able to work my way up and down the necks with absolutely no issue.

    What I want to know is, how do you know which neck is the one for you?

    MOTORHEADBANGER Spud-boy looking for a real tomato

    Dec 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Time
    My personal favorite...

    On a more serious note, I have small hands, but width isn't too much of an issue (unless it's like a freaking aircraft carrier or something). Thickness, on the other hand, is what I am extremely persnickety about. I prefer the necks to be very thin (think Geddy Lee or Ibanez SR) and I just feel sluggish on a thick neck, so the typical baseball bat profile is a no-go (funny, considering that I grew up with a P-bass).
  3. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    My '83 MIJ Squier Jazz neck..It's the best neck I've ever played,no question. Yeah,the headstock says Squier,but I sold the mpl/mpl MIA Fen. neck from my bass to get it and haven't had a moments regret. I've played a zillion comfortable necks,the one I sold to get this was very nice,but very few feel 'natural'..this one feels like it was custom built for my hand.
  4. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    My criteria are a "bare wood" feeling to it and being not too thick front-to-back and not too wide. I like a 1 1/2" nut width on a 4 string and 1 3/4" on a 5 string.

    My favorite necks are:

    Peavey Cirrus 4 and 5 strings
    EBMM Sterling 5 string

    I think the Cirrus has a very slight edge in the 5 string category, but not enough to affect which bass I would choose between a Cirrus 5 and a Sterling 5.

    Wha I really do NOT like are necks with a glossy finish. A little bit of humidity or sweat and my hand/thumb starts feeling like it's sticking to or catching on a glossy neck.

    And I don't like necks that are too wide. A 4 string with a 1 3/4" nut feels too wide and throws me off. A 5 string with a 2" nut (e.g. The Squier Active Jazz Deluxe V) also feels too wide to me.

    And I don't like necks that are really thick. E.g. A standard Stingray 4 or Warwick 4.
  5. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    1. Ibanez SR 500 and up
    2. Fender Jazz
    3. Everything else
  6. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I have 30 basses of a lot of different brands, 4, 5 and 6 string, all shapes and sizes. I'm not at all picky about necks, but my favorite necks are all Lakland (Korean Skyline, I've never played a US Lakland, but I assume they are even better).

    1. 55-01, the best 5 string neck I've played, and I think the best neck.
    2. Joe Osbourne 4. 1.5" and roundish, based on his 60s Jazz.
    3. 44-01. A little wider, 1.6", and flatter, but still great.

    I don't know how they managed to have 3 different shaped necks, but all feeling so perfect to me. All my basses are comfortable to me, but the Lakland just have that extra something that seems to fit my hand perfectly.
  7. When the songs you struggle with on one bass are effortless on another.

    My latest purchase - I can play Master Blaster and Higher Ground (RHCP) effortlessly. :D
  8. tonybassman


    Jul 27, 2011
    Peavey Foundation
  9. Freestyler


    Mar 5, 2010
    Of all my basses, the Squier Deluxe Jazz V has the most confortable neck of all (Ibanez SRX595, Ibanez EDB605, Fender MIM Jazz & Aria-Pro 2 somethingB-2)
    With low action and low tension strings (TI flats), it's just so easy to play.
    I don't have big hands but the 19mm string spacing and the wide neck is not a problem at all.
    It just feels right ; if I ever build a bass, I will use the Squier as a template for the neck.
  10. Mtnman


    Jun 5, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Tobias (original, not MTD) 4 string asymmetrical and Fender American Special P.
  11. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Chicago Illinois
    Love the Fender Jazz 7.25" Bound And Blocked necks. Seems like they were made for my hands!
  12. George Mann

    George Mann Inactive

    May 27, 2012
    After searching for 40 years, I find the neck on my Squier Jaguar SS to be perfect for my small hands!
  13. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    I like the very thin neck on my Peavey Fury
    even though I have big hands.

    Strangely, I like the huge neck on my custom
    made fretless.

    Dang. It's hard to decide. But,

    like StuartV, I don't like necks that are really

  14. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    That is a neat neck,

  15. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    It's funny. A TB'er responded in a post that
    I was wrong when I said I liked the Peavey
    Fury neck better than a MIA fat P bass neck.

    I guess he's really got his nose tweaked
    with all these wrong neck lovers on this

  16. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The neck on my 87 LB90
  17. svlilioukalani

    svlilioukalani Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Seattle, Wa
    Tobias Killer B, asymetrical and thin. Then Mike Lull's basses.
  18. Tobias Classic 5. Only 5 string I've really fallen in love with.

    More basses should have asymm necks.
    funkster62 likes this.
  19. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Hard to beat the thin (high # radius) asymmetrical neck on a MTD USA 5er. Amazing necks.

    My 1973 jazz has a lower radius (thicker front to back) but is less that 1.5" at the nut. Crazy easy to play.
  20. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    G&L #8 neck. Satin finish, feels just a tiny tiny bit thicker front to back than a standard jazz. This makes it more comfy for extended play for me.