Jazz neck on a p body

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by CraigplaysFend, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. CraigplaysFend


    Jul 7, 2008
    Does anyone know if there is a problem with nut width if you put a jazz neck on a p bass? My P has a 1 11/16" nut and I believe the Jazz typically has a 1 1/2" nut. Any info would be helpful.
  2. sedan_dad


    Feb 5, 2006
    The nut doesn't matter at all.
    The neck pocket is the same on both basses.
    It's a straight across swap.
  3. CraigplaysFend


    Jul 7, 2008
    but if the p has the 1 11/16" nut, and I go to the 1 1/2" nut, won't it crowd the strings (make them closer toggether at the nut than at the bridge?
  4. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    If this was the case wouldn't they sell bridges for either jazz width or P width?
  5. Matt R.

    Matt R. Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    Dude, you're fine swapping the necks.
  6. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Its fine, I have a P bass neck on my jazz, and a lot of people mix and match.
  7. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000
    The Fender P Bass Special is a P bass body with a jazz width neck. You don;t have anything to worry about. Alot of players actually prefer this setup.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    That's the POINT of having a narrower neck. If you didn't want them closer together, you wouldn't change the neck.
  9. CraigplaysFend


    Jul 7, 2008
    alright, alright, I was just trying to be sure. You guys are brutal. I just wanted to make sure becuase I could order a neck with the same nut width. Jeeeezzzzzzz!!!
  10. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Lineā„¢ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    you can order a bass with the string spacing the same at the bridge as it is at the nut????? you realize that this would give you 3/4" center-to-center spacing at the nut

  11. CraigplaysFend


    Jul 7, 2008
    no, I can order a neck with a nut at 1 11/16" instead of the jazz 1 1/2" nut.
  12. black.rose1402


    Jan 10, 2007
    i did it today and yeah!!!!!!!!!!! it works and it's great!!!

    the neck of my classic 50 p is on my jaco signature body
    and the sound is so great!

    it's strange that the sound for slap is so marcus millerish!!

    the neck (fretless) of my jaco signature is now on my classic 50 body and the tone is so great

    i wanted to have a different sound (the jaco sound is too much popular and reproduced so i try to find my sound)

    I don't think i'm going to come back to the first set!!

    now I have to buy me another pbass fretted!!!
  13. dls59

    dls59 Supporting Member

    See the p bass in my avatar, with the jazz neck. The best of both worlds. :bassist:
  14. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    That's not brutal. I'm going to sleep with your sister tonite. THAT is brutal. :mad:
  15. bcgd


    May 27, 2008
    Is swapping out the neck on a Fender as easy as it sounds? Do you literally unscrew one and screw on the new one? If so what's the torque for the screws?
  16. fireincairo


    Jul 8, 2008
    Of course it will, but that's just a matter of preference. It should work fine, though. Just make sure that the 12th fret is halfway between the nut and the bridge saddles to assure it will intonate.
  17. fireincairo


    Jul 8, 2008
    You have to make sure that the neck is sitting in the pocket at the right distance. If it's a used neck, you may need to drill fresh holes if they don't line up exactly. I suppose you could use wood putty to fill in the old holes and start fresh. You must make sure the 12th fret is the halfway point between the nut and the bridge saddles, otherwise it won't intonate properly.
  18. Alan U

    Alan U

    Jul 12, 2005
    North East London
    Phew, what is all the excitement about?

    Just get a Fender Squier P-Bass Special and you'll be fine.
    After you've replaced the p-ups and pots, strings wiring and shielded the cavities, added some decent strings and got it all set up to your liking, you should be content.

    Just like any Fender really.