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Have They Ever Made....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZenG, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. a bass with a neck like this?

    Picture is a "cross-sectional" of a guitar neck.

    A and B are depicting "normal" necks.

    C is a neck that has a ridge that hinders the thumb from "creeping" over too much. For thumb purists.....

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  2. Yuck no thank you, I like having my thumb over the neck in certain positions.
  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It seems like that would screw up the necks ability to stand up to string tension.
  4. That's my first thought too.

    Having the neck profile asymmetrical would probably lead it to flex unevenly. A neck with graphite reinforcement could do it, or with dual truss rods, but I think a conventional single truss rod neck with that profile would try to twist.
  5. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    IIRC Ned Steinberger made an EUB with a wide groove down the center of the back of the neck.
  6. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    And the whole "thumb never over the edge" was and is a method in playing Double Bass, not electric. Those who bring it over from DB and insist it is applicable to elec bass seem to me to be uneducated elitists of method. It means nothing, so pay no never mind to it--just play well and have fun.
  7. Hi.

    Not with any commercial success they haven't.
    AFAIK anyway.

    There's been all sorts of asymmetrical, "ergonomic" neck profiles even patented over the years, but none of those have had any significant following to speak of.

  8. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    I have to agree. I have seen LOTS of innovative ideas that never achieved any commercial success. Then I've also seen some hair brained ideas that sold well. If you spend as much time in the business as I have, you get to see it all. Again and again.
  9. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    There are lots of asymmetrical necked guitars/basses that are popular, but there are none with crazy thumb grooves that have caught on IME.
  10. Daion put asymmetrical necks on some of their Power Mark X and XX basses, but the design had the neck falling away beneath the fingers rather than the thumb. And Daion made some splendid instruments.
  11. Templar

    Templar SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Ya, because no one has ever heard of M Tobias, right?
  12. I could only imagine the struggle/pain I would have playing fast solo work up high with a neck like that. Small hands + thumb rule does not always mesh 100%. I was taught to play the thumb rule and in general I follow it but at times it just does not work out especially since I have small hands.
  13. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    Looks unnatural, but I'm sure it would make a nice crown molding.
  14. Templar

    Templar SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Just because there would be a groove there doesn't mean you couldn't still wrap your thumb over the board if you wanted to.
  15. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    I owned a MTD 535 and it had a killer asymmetric neck. I loved the feel.

    I also owned a chambered Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar and it had an incredible asymmetrical neck.
  16. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    Just because the bass neck has a groove don't mean it's in the groove BA DOP !!
  17. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    Or Fender for that matter. To be sure the current production MTD's and Fenders do not have thumb grooves, just wonderfully playable asymmetrical necks.
  18. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I don't think a thumb groove would work for the simple reason that everybody has different size hands. What would be comfortable for one person might not be for someone else.