Graphite reinforced neck ???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jcalo, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. jcalo


    Jan 28, 2008
    I'm seriously considering the purchase of the Fender American Deluxe Standard Precision Bass with the Humbucker and noticed in the Specs that it has a graphite reinforced neck. A.)Is this a good thing? and B.) Does it mean that there is no truss rod? In addition, what are the advantages/disadvantages?
  2. rochishin


    Jan 23, 2008
    Hey there,

    A) Generally, graphite reinforced necks are less susceptible to temperature/humidity changes which I think is definitely a good thing. However, some think that the removal of the wood in order to make room for the graphite defeats its purpose, I think I read that from something Roger Sadowsky wrote. Also, some think that graphite in the neck changes its tone too much. I like graphite for its stability(It gets very dry in the winter and very humid in the summer where I live).

    B) There still is a truss rod.

  3. dogbass


    Aug 9, 2006
    Bay Area, CA

    a) very good thing;
    b) no, there's still a truss rod for minor adjustments

    Graphite (composite) is a very strong, lightweight material that makes the neck stronger and should ultimately result in less warpage and less adjustment requirements. There are no disadvantages that I can see, although vintage purists may argue the fine point of solid wood vs. composite inserts as it effects tone.....very subjective at that level. This is a natural progression of better technology without sacrifice !