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First World Problem/ OCD kinda thing

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bodeanly, Jul 2, 2017.


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  1. Cut a new pickguard

    76 vote(s)
    58.9%
  2. Move the neck holes

    31 vote(s)
    24.0%
  3. Nothing. Play as is.

    17 vote(s)
    13.2%
  4. Original plan: paint it _____ and use the original neck.

    5 vote(s)
    3.9%
  1. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    Update:
    You guys are awesome! There is a lot of stuff here I would have never considered, and a lot of stuff that is just plain ridiculous (but it's cool because I can appreciate ridiculous). However, I have decided to plug/ redrill the neck, based on several of your observations, including: a new pickguard would only cover the OCD-inducing gap (anyone read The Tell-Tale Heart?) and the distance between the bridge and the nut on this bass is about 1/4" longer than the distance on its identical twin. Thank you for your time. God bless.

    Original Post:
    Hello. Instead of painting this thing (I already have a CAR Jag), I have decided to give it a maple neck for a different look. However, my OCD is going off the charts with this freakin' gap. What should I do?

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    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2017
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Does it intonate properly where it is now? Moving the neck holes may also mean moving the bridge.
     
  3. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    Yes, it intonates just fine. I just can't get past the gap. I'm a freakin' freak!
     
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  4. BboogieXVII

    BboogieXVII

    Feb 4, 2013
    jammin
    Maybe just cut a new pick guard?
     
  5. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    That's kinda where I'm leaning (it's one of the poll options).
     
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  6. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Bo, the new neck was pre-drilled? As, this is the neck's 'final' spot? If so, and you still have screw purchase, I'd fill in the original holes, move the neck down, clamp, and redrill... @bholder has a great point with bridge placement, but I'm thinking there's enough range in the saddle placement to compensate for the gap...

    ... obviously, not a one-for-one replacement? I like your thinking with the maple neck, though...

    ... btw, my OCD is currently on a 9 month journey to Mars... I haven't seen a gap like that, since the original Wonder Woman...
     
  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    It'd bug me too, but unless you've got lots of saddle travel left, moving the neck further in would mean moving the bridge back, so I voted for the new pg too.
     
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  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    :woot::roflmao:drool
     
  9. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    I couldn't help myself... both of you know it, too.
     
  10. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Truth!
     
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  11. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    I generally wouldn't mind a gap like this, but it reminds me of the ex's smile. :woot:

    The saddles might have enough adjustment in them to not have to move the bridge.

    The neck is not new. I've had it for years and used it on many a bass body. Never had a gap like this before though. I kinda maybe don't wanna put more holes in it, especially so close to the existing ones. I have no experience with that.

    Y'all think a new guard should be the first order of business?
     
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  12. Flippy

    Flippy

    Jun 9, 2017
    Europe
    If that's your thing, consider doing something crazy and original, like filling the gap with some fluffy fabric (make sure it doesn't interfere with the strings)
     
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  13. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    I don't think this is a cosmetic problem. The neck doesn't fit properly. Fill the old holes with hardwood and glue, and drill new holes.
    Instant proper fit and no extra holes.
    I can't cite a study as are becoming more often demanded on TB as of late, but one of the pretty well established set up tricks to increase sustain on a bolt on is to loosen the neck screws and let the string tension suck butt of the neck into tight contact with the body.
    Yes it is important to close the gap.
     
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  14. pbass74

    pbass74

    Sep 19, 2015
    Sunland, CA
     

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  15. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Chug, chug, chug, chug... Woohoo... Woohoo! I think I can, I think I can...

    ... do it. You possibly could be off just as much with a new pickguard, depending on your trace and who does it...

    ... do it, and don't try and flick me off your shoulder, cause I'll take the A train to Satan's Alley, and you''ll never get rid of me.

    Edit: Agreeing with @RED J ... still speaking to @Bodeanly ...
     
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  16. Just think, when you're playing it, you can't see that. So, in the immortal words of FZ:

     
  17. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    Yeah, but I'm really vain and it would be in all the pics of me performing. My friends would eff with me and tag the gap all over the Internet.
     
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  18. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    You could do worse... it could be your family doing the same thing...
     
  19. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    Pickguard. Since you keep reusing the neck if you make permanent changes to body you're stuck with it.
    Pickguard just so easy!
    There are enough routings in some Fender basses to call them semi acoustic. :) If sound was an issue you'd be here venting about loss of tone because of the gap.
    New Pickguard. Wait, did I say that out loud?
     
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  20. nbsipics

    nbsipics Bass Plasma Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    I tend to agree with the above. But then again, I don't have to pay for it, eh? Good luck.
     
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