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Fender P bass neck on a thunderbird?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by balton4, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. Hey there fellow bassists! I've got an epiphone thunderbird bass and I'm thinking about swapping out necks with a p bass neck. Just a usual epiphone tbird four string, standard model, not the pro. The neck is really warped and I just like the p bass neck feel more, so I figured why not? I know others have done this, and I'm just wondering about where I can get a neck, or if anyone would have a link to a neck that would fit my bass, thanks :D
  2. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    You probably will need to do some routing, but you could get a Warmoth neck.
  3. Well, no neck except an Epi Tbird neck is going to be a direct fit. It will take some sanding & possibly some routing to work properly. It's not that hard, though. I plan on doing the same thing...if I can ever find a T-bird body. -_-

    Get a P-bass neck from Mighty Mite, Allparts, Warmoth, or off an old Squier or Fender (many for sale in the Talkbass Classifieds) & measure from the G saddle of the bridge back 17" towards the neck pocket. That's approximately where your 12th fret will be on the Fender neck. Now, place the Fender neck on & see how much material you need to remove from the body to make the neck fit in that location. That will get you started. :)
  4. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    ^^^Exactly, I had to route about 3/32" off each side of the neck pocket an around 3/16" off the rear.
  5. ejaggers


    Aug 18, 2009
    Hurst, tx
    I've thought several times about a Fenderbird, and even posted that I was going to use a squier neck. And some TBer, can't remember who, blew me up and said that it's not a Fenderbird unless it's a Fender neck. Go Figure!!!

    It took awhile but I'm use to the epi neck, and have abandoned the idea for now.


    Grissle, Are you trying to start my GAS back up??? That is sweet!!! Love that PG!!!
  6. Haha! Me, too! I REALLY need to find me a T-bird body.
  7. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    I used an inexpensive lefty neck for mine, I shaved the sides and heel down quite a bit too, it keeps the reach to the lower frets easier.
  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Well it isn't. It would make a Squierbird. At best it would make a Squier by Fenderbird.
  9. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Actually, a "Squierphone."
  10. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    I had a Fender neck on it but then I found this old Squire standard neck that was really nice, shallow and light.
  11. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    Grissle-that pickguard just brings the whole thing together, nice!

    Tbird1958- love the "trc" on the peghead, cool unifying element. The "Drinky" PG is a nice touch.
  12. HockeyDawg


    Oct 12, 2012
    Bought a Epi Tbird to put a jazz neck on but once I saw how much routing I would have to do, I kinda just gave up on it and kept it stock. I did use the jazz neck on a P Bass project. Still have to redo all the wiring on it.
  13. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Here are two of mine the Mahogany reverse I built in '81, the white non reverse around 2009. 100_1695. JOHNNYSMOKEBuffaloNYwaterfront8-19-13144.