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i guess this is a lame question...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Shomy, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. but how do i make a difference between BO and a NT. And which one is better.
  2. csholtmeier


    Feb 8, 2004
    omaha, ne
    BO stands for bolt-on neck, the neck and body are two components which are bolted together. NT stands for neck-thru, instruments constructed with this design generally have the neck wood extend the full length of the instrument. The body is then formed by gluing "wings" to the protruding neck slab. As far as which one is better, that is all a matter of style and taste. NT's generally have more sustain but less harmonic presence. Bolt-ons have less sustain but a "fuller" sound to my ears.
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    A bolt on has the neck attached to the body with 3 or more wood screws or bolts. A neck through used a continous piece(or pieces) of wood from the headstock all the way through the end of the body, hence the term 'neck through'.

    There is no 'better'. Each method of construction has it's advantages and disadvantages.

    Bolt on


    Separate neck construction makes it easy to manufacture necks and bodies in bulk. They can be shaped, sanded and painted individually, reducing labor and production costs.

    If something goes wrong with the neck, you can replace it very easily.

    Easier to tweak the setup, using shims to change the neck angle, etc.


    Vibration is lost in the neck/body change, affecting the tone. NOTE: Some people prefer this. The result of this is that the note contains less fundamental and more harmonics, resulting in a tone that is characterized as 'punchy'.

    Less sustain than a neck through, although there are expensive bolt ons that have as much sustain as any expensive neck through.

    Unless threaded inserts and machine bolts are used, repeated removal of the neck can eventually strip the screw holes out.

    Neck through:


    A more solid neck joint results in a more solid fundamental in your notes.

    Longer sustain.

    No worries about slop in the neck body joint, since technically, there is none.


    If the neck goes south, the bass is firewood.

    More labor intensive to manufacture, resulting in higher production costs and higher retail prices.

    Not as punchy as a bolt on. There are of course exceptions to this rule.

    Less ability to tweak the setup. You are stuck with the neck angle the way it was manufactured. Hopefully they got it right, or the bass may not be able to be set up properly. This is usually only a concern with lower price neck throughs.