Fender neck pocket

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by 59jazz, Jul 3, 2003.

  1. 59jazz

    59jazz Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma Supporting Member

    I'm building a fretless bass with a Fender sized neck pocket (I have a template) I'm also building the neck, but in case I want to purchase another Fender type neck that has been mounted prior to my use, I need to find out where the holes are drilled in the neck pocket. This will help me avoid plugging screw holes in the butt of the neck and re-taping. Any suggestions????? Is there a neck pocket / screw hole template out there?

    Thanks, Steve
  2. JohnL


    Sep 20, 2000
    Grayson, GA
    I don't know if the dimensions have changed that much over the years or not, (I do know that late 70's Jazz basses went to a triangular 3-screw neck plate for awhile). If possible, you may want to "borrow" a Fender neck plate from someone who has one (and is willing to remove their neck temporarily), and lay the plate in the pocket and mark your holes from there. Other than that, check the Fender site forum.
  3. JPFerreira


    Mar 22, 2002
    Clermont Ferrand FRANCE
    KISSBASS CEO / Formerly JPBasses founder.
    Imo, you'll always have to use dowels to plug holes and then re-drill.

    In fact, even if the neck pocket is intended to be similar in all the fenders lookalike, there are small variation and this is also why after market necks are sold undrilled for you to drill them matching your body holes patern.

    Plugging and redrilling is fine. No need to be afraid of that.

    Peace, JP