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Is my neck twisted (a.k.a. forever shagged)?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by SweetKetchup, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. SweetKetchup


    Nov 29, 2015
    I didn't take any pictures because I don't know what to photograph exactly.

    It all started when I switched from the stock rounds on my MIM Precision to D'Addario Chromes (flats). I tweaked the truss rod according to the Fender website specifications (using correct size Allen wrench and feeler gauge).

    Then I lent my bass to a friend who needed a P for a gig and he said it sounds/feels great but the neck is twisted (?!). I didn't notice any buzz (except on the C on A string, but that's most likely due to a too high fret) so I never thought that would be possible.

    I looked from the headstock down to the body and I did notice that the E and A side of the neck is a bit taller than the D-G side (like the neck is VERY slightly tilted to the left). Is that the twist? I also noticed big fret buzz on the E string after the 12th fret (but no buzz on A-D-G).

    Does that mean that I have to replace the neck if I want to fix this problem? If I leave it as it is, would that grow to be a bigger problem in the future?
  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Don't be fooled by the nut when sighting down a neck. The nut is tapered shallower on the G-string side and that can look like the neck is twisted when it actually isn't. Besides, a slight twist is not significant, all else being equal.
    Axstar, Lownote38 and sissy kathy like this.

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