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Fender Precision Neck Profile

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass Atlanta, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. Can anyone tell me the difference between the various neck profiles on a Fender P-bass? Also, does anyone know the history of what years that the particular profiles (i.e, A, B, C, etc) were used.

    I'm looking for a P-Bass, but I prefer the smaller necks like the Jazz. So I want to be sure of the lingo before I buy. I'm especially interested in the 2001 50th Anniversary P-Bass, which I'm fairly sure has a 1-9/16" neck at the nut. I think this corresponds to the "B" profile, but I need some help here.

    Also, if anyone knows where I could find one of these, I would appreciate some direction. There was one on eBay last week, but he closed the auction early. :crying:

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I don't know during which years, what necks were used, but the Jazz heel is the same as a P heel, so the necks are interchangable.

    Just another option for you.
  3. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    Fender necks.
    A-1 1/2 at the nut- like Jazz bass
    B-1 5/8 at nut
    C-1 3/4 at nut standard P-Bass.
    D- Boat neck, thicker neck, more wood back of neck.

  4. Thanks, guys. That answers my questions.

    Best regards,

  5. contrabassie


    Mar 11, 2003
    What's a U shaped neck profile if you compare it to the list above? Ishibashi is talking about that when it comes to their 62 reissue precision bass.
    Do these necks play comfortable or can I better take a 70 reissue with a thin neck.
  6. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    Question: The current MIM Fender Deluxe Active P with P/J pickups has a nut width of 1.5", yet its profile "neck shape" is listed a "Modern C-shape." Is this contradictory?
  7. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    1 5/8" is the standard. the 1 3/4" is what the 57 reissue and road worn series is based on.
  8. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The Factory nut width codes (ABCD) have nothing to do with the description of how the curve of the back of the neck feels. The backs of the neck are described as feeling like a C or U or V.

    Other than the 57/62 reissues, none of the 'modern' models have C width necks (1-3/4"). But the back curve of the neck can 'feel' like a shallow C.
  9. s31064


    Jul 19, 2017
    You're confusing neck width with neck profile, a common mistake. Fender uses letters (A, B, C, D) to designate neck widths at the nut, which makes it more confusing to the average player. Profile is the actual shape of the neck, and all manufacturers use letters for this (C, V, U), as well as each letter having a 'hard' and 'soft' version. What is also often incorrectly referred to as the neck profile is taper, which is the difference in width from the nut to either the octave or end of the neck.

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