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graphite neck vs. graphite reinforced

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LonghornBass, Nov 28, 2001.


  1. I really love the feel of a Modulus graphite neck, but they're just too damn expensive right now...
    Is there a significant difference in the stability of a graphite reinforced neck of say...a Peavey Cirrus to a completely graphite Modulus?

    Or maybe I should take a risk and slap a Status graphite neck on my stingray...
    Any comments?
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    IMHO, yes, there is a difference in the stability of a well made, graphite reinforced neck and an all graphite neck.

    You could check into the Peavey G Bass. Graphite neck for about 1/2 of what a Modulus costs.
     
  3. b0nes83

    b0nes83

    Dec 14, 2000
    im actually not sure what the difference is between the graphite reinforced and the graphite neck...could someone please explane. peace
    Chad
     
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    a graphite reinforced neck is a wood neck that uses graphite bars under the fretboard, parallel to the truss rod to increase stability.
     
  5. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    There's also a hybrid neck made by Modulus which is on the Genesis line. It's a 3 piece neck, the middle piece being graphite.
     
  6. Here's another opinion:

    I'm also a graphite proponent. I own 2 Zon 5-strings and I love 'em. Here are some choices for graphite:

    1. If you get a Status neck or a Moses neck, your resale value will immediately go DOWN. They may be great necks, but there is more demand for original equipment. At least save the original neck, and make sure the neck pocket is not modified.

    2. Used Modulus and Zons go for around $1,300. That would be a wise choice.

    3. On the graphite re-inforced necks, find out HOW MUCH graphite is in there. Is it a symbolic twig of graphite, or is it a rod that's going to really add functional stability to the neck?

    And this may not be a popular comment, but I've never been impressed with Peaveys, Cirrus or otherwise.

    Hope this helps.
     
  7. Thanks, guys.
    So if I replaced my stingray neck with a graphite one, would there be any problems with putting the maple one back on if I tried to sell it?

    Also, I might be looking in the wrong places, but I haven't seen any used moduli (is that right?) for much under $1,600.
     
  8. Longhorn,

    I guess that would be something you would have to stress to whoever puts on the replacement neck..."Don't screw it up! I may sell it all original later." I would take it to a luthier who is comfortable working with graphite. Don't take it to your brother-in-law who just got the Sears Craftsman shop drill.

    I can appreciate the cash crunch situation. Look at www.harmonycentral.com and www.bassgear.com for classified ads. Talkbass also has a classified section. You could post a "Want ad" on Talkbass stating you want a Modulus for not more than $_______. I've seen Q5's for as little as $1,000. A Q4 or M-92 could go for about that price too.
     
  9. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    More be for me then! ;) What was it that was unimpressive about the Peavey basses or the Cirrus? What other Peavey basses did you try?
     
  10. KeithPas

    KeithPas

    May 16, 2000
    Poulsbo,Wa
    If you like the feel of a graphite neck but are otherwise satified with your Stingray maybe you could try selling the Ray and buying an anniversary Stingray that has a graphite neck. The difference in cost would probably be less than the cost of a Moses or a Status replacement neck. Also the Peavey G bass is a very good bass, I played one in the store and thought it sounded better than my Modulus. If you decide to go in the direction of replacing the neck don't have anything done that can't be reversed. You should also try a graphite necked Stingray and see if you like the tone, it will still sound like a Ray but the graphite definitely has its own sound.