Looking for a nice thin neck for a Mexican Jazz....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MonkehFingaz, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. MonkehFingaz

    MonkehFingaz Guest

    Dec 7, 2007
    Hi there. I'm new to the boards(Just signed up to ask this), but I've kinda been browsing around for a while now...friend of mine told me about this place.

    Anyway...I've got a mexican Jazz bass that I use as my main axe, some may call it blasphemy but I'm considering dropping a Kahler Tremolo bridge onto it, but what I need most is a thinner neck. See, I've got relatively small hands, and I'd like to be able to play fast slap riffs without my fret hand aching within a few seconds....

    I don't want to have to cut into the bass any, so it'd have to be one that can just drop right onto a Jazz...I just can't seem to find one any thinner than the one it's got...any help?
  2. alexit

    alexit Guest

    Feb 21, 2006
    If you can find aneck from a Geddy Lee Jazz bass, that'd definitely be thinner.

    But I'm not sure how much it's going to help your technique. What's likely the problem is that when slapping, you're slamming on it really hard with your right hand, and subconsciously your left hand is applying an equally high amount of pressure, mashing down on the strings.

    Try laying off a bit, slapping with all of your might is likely to result in distorted tone, with a lot of fret buzz that you'll have to correct by trussing the hell out of the neck so the whole thing is just downright uncomfortable. A lighter slap technique than all out mashing will yield better-sounding percussiveness, which is the point of slap in the first place.