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I want a neck that feels like a 60's fender. What is the closest without spending 2k on one?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gothguy, Aug 15, 2019 at 6:21 PM.

  1. Gothguy

    Gothguy Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2016
    Any companies that you like?
    Anyone that you could recommend me buying one from?

    If you have an old 60's neck lying around i'd love to buy it for a "players" price.
  2. nomaj


    Apr 2, 2012
    P or J?
  3. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Vintage Fender’s sported a 7.25” radius fingerboard. The P’s nut widths were 1.75”, with the J’s being 1.5”. Hope this helps.
  4. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
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  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Used Lull P4. Supposedly he modeled it after his '63.
  6. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    If you can specify an aftermarket neck (for a Fender bass) that has the vintage-dimension fret wire and the vintage radius, that should do it.
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  7. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    New Fender Vintera! For those that want a vintage era bass. Same 7 1/4" neck radius. $1K USD.
  8. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Fender road worn p bass
  9. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Linnin is correct...the new '50s Vintera P bass has 7.25" radius and 1.75 nut width and it's $899.
    If you only want a neck they'll be popping up on Stratospheric any week now.[​IMG]
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  10. BobKos


    Apr 13, 2007
    Warmoth won't do 7.25" necks. Musikraft will. Also with numerous MIJ Fenders (ex Aerodyne). Not sure how close the MIJ stuff is to true vintage. I would ring Musikraft.
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  11. Rocinante_x1

    Rocinante_x1 Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Washington State
    Used "'60s Series"fender
  12. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    In order to help, we'll require more information:
    1. P or J
    2. PRE-CBS or late 60's

    My experience and ownership of 60's Fender basses is relegated to the Jazz bass. Accordingly, all have the 1.5" width at the nut. The early ones indeed have a 7.25 radius whereas the radii of the later units are 9.5" which is my personal preference.

    Edit: My Pre-CBS feels narrower, if memory serves although that may be illusory. I'll have to dig it out and measure it to be sure.

    The closest profile I've ever encountered to my '69, is the 2010 Made in Japan '75 Reissue pictured below. It feels exactly the same to me.

    The '69:
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2019 at 6:12 AM
  13. Gothguy

    Gothguy Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2016
    Sorry - i meant P bass.
  14. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    @Gothguy I just scored this candy apple red CIJ Fender PB-62 off Reverb for $600. It’s pretty much on par with my American Original 60’s minus the Nitro finish.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2019 at 8:51 AM
  15. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Fender MIM Roadworn series
  16. spufman


    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    A G&L with your preferred width/radius would do the trick. Especially well-price on the used market.
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  17. jj4001


    Dec 27, 2010
    Providence, RI
    The CIJ PB-62 and PB-62US are really great P-basses, but they are 1.62 at the nut, not 1.74. Those necks are very comfortable and playable. Vintage-style frets and I believe they are 7.25" radius.
    MoeTown1986 likes this.
  18. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    I'm more a jazz bass guy, but I know the original P's were 1.75" at the nut, and use 6230 fret wire. Warmoth, as mentioned before, has a slim taper neck profile. That and 6230 frets would get you pretty darn close. Another option would be to have someone build one for you to original P specs. I would imagine for $500 or so, you can probably have a pretty sweet neck built. Perhaps some of the builders here at TB? Do a search or post a thread in the Luthiers corner. In my neck of the woods (pun intended) Northern Ca. hour or so north of San Francisco, there are a few guys I would contact. Michael Dolan, though he's kinda retired now, Dan Ransom in SF, Knutson Luthiery (John Knutson) Bob Groat, Emmett O'Hara (worked with Michael Dolan for ten years).
  19. Alban


    Apr 8, 2004
    The Netherlands
    Pretty much this, I recently bought my 2nd Road Worn P, and the neck is on par with my CS ‘59 P.
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  20. okabass


    Mar 19, 2005
    I once copied my friends '56 P Bass great V-profile neck.
    First you have to find an old 60's neck you like. Copy the old neck with a contour gauge duplicator tool. Make card board sabloons to do and check your new neck's contouring.
    Buy a (new) neck that has 7 1/4" radius, enough the wood to make the copied contour. Preferably vintage frets (like Dunlop 6230 type). Many old necks have the nitro lacquer worn away on some spots, and some dips and dings here and there. And the fretboard edge has been rounded because of several (bad) fretworks or filing the fret ends.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2019 at 12:29 PM

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