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Jazz Bass - thick necks?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by overdrivethree, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. was never a fan of the Jazz neck. my friend has an MIM that's just too thin near the nut. and the Geddy Lee i've played seemed even thinner. i have big hands, and while i've always dug the tone, the necks are just too small.

    but my SX's neck has some beef. it's got the Jazz width, but the radius more than makes up for that. i can really wrap my big hand around it, without my fingers getting all tied up on the fretboard.

    so are there any Jazz models (made by Fender or otherwise) designed with a larger neck profile than the typical Jazz? or has SX just inadvertently made one of the more comfortable necks that i've ever played?
  2. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The Noel Redding Sig Jazz, the 62 reissue Jazz, G&L JB2, and some of the Lakland Jazz types have significatly deeper necks.
  3. jaco had a p bass neck on a J body for his practice bass, as seen on the modern electric bass video. i have no idea how he managed to do that though
  4. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    P necks fit on J basses. Warmoth frankenstein time!
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  5. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 29, 2006
    President, CEO, CFO, CIO, Chief Engineer, Technician, Janitor - Reiner Amplification
  6. fenderphil


    Sep 1, 2006
    Houston, TX
    the 70's vintage fenders have a beefier neck... and great tone to boot!
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  7. fenderphil


    Sep 1, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I did that to my main Jazz bass.. I love it!

    at the beginning of the vid, it shows Jaco cutting a new nut for it, and you can see that the ends aren't trimmed up..
  8. My JB-2 had one of the thinner necks I ever played. Almost as thin as a GL jazz, definitely thinner than my 08 Am. Std. by a pretty wide margin. And that's saying something because my 08 neck sure aint beefy.
  9. ProfGumby


    Jan 15, 2007
    Michigan's U.P.


    Seriously, 4 bolts out 4 bolts in (in the simplest of terms) A guy or girl can swap a neck in less than 1/2 hour with a little effort.
  10. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    G&L jazz sized necks are just a bit thicker front to back in my opinion, fills the hand a bit better.
  11. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    I have a Vox Standard from the early 80s... its an all maple bass (neck and body). The neck is shaped like a jazz (1.5" at the nut), but its a thick, meaty jazz shaped neck. Anyway, the bass actually sound very good for an obscure Vox Japanese bass... it's got a Fender P pickup in the bridge position.
  12. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    If you were to try 10 different basses of the same model, you'd find a few that fit your hand. Once a bass neck is sanded, finished, fretted, and laquered no two feel the same. I have 5 Sadowsky's. They are CNC necks and none feel like the next

  13. well, even just being an SX...if something happened to this bass (particularly the neck), i'd be bumming out pretty bad. i don't know how consistent their neck shapes are. but i read on here that they were pretty deep, especially for the J basses.
  14. xbassmanx


    Jul 29, 2007

    The Warmoth J neck I have on one of my basses has a thicker fretboard than my Fender J.
  15. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I agree. Plus, you could order a JB-2 with a really beefy 1.75" nut width neck.
  16. Oberion

    Oberion Banned

    Jun 22, 2008
    +1. I don't have overly big hands but longer fingers (like a sprinter) my middle finger and fourth finger are almost the exact length and the best necks I've found too date, 08 Ric, Warwick corvette (including the Rockbass version, my preference for the wood), Fender 50's P, and Epi Ripper.

    And of course 70's Jazz, I wish that neck profile could be an option on all their other jazz models:D
  17. Recently I put an P-size Ebanol/Maple Mighty Mite Fretless on my jazz - very successful swap.
  18. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN
    My G&L SB2 has a stoopid thin neck.... about as thin profiled as the Geddy Lee. My '92 MIA Jazz is thicker at the first fret by more than .15". The best option I see for the OP, as far as a new model is concerned, is the JB2 with the 1.75" inch neck option.

  19. htharp


    Feb 4, 2007
    Dallas, Tx
    As mentioned above, no 2 necks feel quite the same to me. I have experimented in the past with a Precision neck on a Jazz body and thought it was pretty nice. I've also had several other Jazz's that came and went because the neck felt too skinny to me. Not too long ago I happened to pick up a used '03 MIA Jazz with a maple neck. this one is much beefier than my previous one, and while still 1-1/2" wide at the nut it feels much chunkier than any Jazz neck I have owned. It has become my favorite neck. For those looking for just the right neck my advice is to try 'em until you find the one that fits.
  20. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    I hate the SX necks. I'm sanding one down now to approximate the contour of my Peavey Furey 4 neck.