Fender replacement neck fit on Squier Classic Vibe ( Tele/'50s )

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by SonnyBassPlayer, May 7, 2021.

  1. SonnyBassPlayer


    Nov 29, 2013
    Good day,

    I'm looking for some information regarding this very neck sold by Fender
    Fender® 1951 Precision Bass® Neck | Parts

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    I just got a used Squier Classic Vibe '50s (2020) P bass and the neck is probably shot since the truss rod won't have any effect on the curvature.
    Since I bought this bass to be in C tuning, I could solve the problem by using almost standard gauge strings, which would put very little force over the neck, being tuned two steps down and call it a day the cheapest way.
    Clearly the thought of not being able to play it in standard if I wanted or to fine tune the setup is very annoying.
    Of course I bought it used quite cheap so returning is not an option.

    The point is that I'm thinking about the chance of upgrading it with a better neck since I really like the bass apart from this deadly problem and I can't find the Fender neck heel measures anywhere and I'm not really into taking another chance.

    Did anyone do the same swap? Anyone got a contact I could ask this info to? I already wrote to an Italian dealer selling this very neck and they can't get me the info....
  2. Cloven Hoof

    Cloven Hoof

    Mar 1, 2021
    This is a usa fender jazz fretless neck that fits on usa precision and jazz. I have never put this in squire nor put a tele neck in squire but here are some rough measurements in millimeters for a reletive reference. Wish I had an exact answer, but this is all I can do
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  3. AboutSweetSue

    AboutSweetSue Guest

    Sep 29, 2018
    It’ll very likely fit. I’ve swapped about twelve Fender style necks around in my day onto Squier, Fender, Mighty Mite, Warmoth, and no name Fender styled bodies. They all fit.
  4. Problem with this neck is a square heel, won’t fit in the neck pocket. Regular Fender necks should be fine. I just put a replacement Fender neck on a Squier VM body, no problems.
  5. Square heel, problem ?

    Squier Classic Vibe 50's.

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  6. AboutSweetSue

    AboutSweetSue Guest

    Sep 29, 2018
    You could look into adding washers to the truss rod. Sounds like you’ve maxed the threads on your truss rod, adding washers will give you additional room to straighten the neck out.

    Edit: Looks like Fender actually sells washers for this specific purpose, but I imagine you could simply go to a hardware store and fish out the appropriate size.
    Last edited: May 11, 2021
  7. Oops. Misread post
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  8. All good , there's nobody born never misread a post sometime :thumbsup:
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  9. Interesting thread. I too have a Squier CV 50 and was thinking of swapping in that very neck. I’m not a fan of the finish of the Squier neck even after knocking it down fairly aggressively with ScotchBrite pads, and, well, the Fender headstock… :)
  10. SonnyBassPlayer


    Nov 29, 2013
    Sooo I completely forgot to update this thread.

    As I took the bass to the luthier, he confirmed the neck was shot as the truss rod had no action: it would have needed replacement, a kind of expense I wasn't keen on taking for such bass. I went ahead and bought the Fender neck after recieving confirmation about the heel measures, as I thought that once I had an expense, it could have very well been a decent upgrade (mostly because the Fender neck was 40% off).
    It wasn't an easy fit after all because the neck heel screw holes had to be moved, and since I decided to keep the Squier tuning machines he kinda fought with the headstock as the holes for the tuning machine trees had to be slightly enlarged.
    He complimented the neck quality wise, also telling me that since it hadn't been sitting in a shop with the string tension ruining it in case of lack of care, it would keep very stable and straight. I was scared the finish would be too pale as I love vintage looking necks, but it's got a nice tone while still being not dark and I really appreciate it.

    As I played it a few days I deecided I needed a different pickguard, and since I couldn't find what I was looking for I made myself a matte black one.

    Here's the bad boy.

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    All things considered it turned into a really good instrument, the tone is very nice (yet I'm thinking about a pickup upgrade, mostly to kill the hum) and this Fender replacement neck is really awesome. The shape is very chunky yet incredibly comfortable to play.

    That's all folks.
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  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Nice. Great PG. I love the sound of those pickups but the hum is crazy. When you’re playing though, the hum is defeated by a great tone, so you can always use a tuner pedal as a mute.

    Otherwise, the world is full of options to replace it. Ah, modern times are the playground for bass players like never before. By all accounts, all pickups available are great! Of course it’s all subjective making it even more difficult to choose.

    Thanks for the update. I enjoyed seeing it!
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2021

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