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Neck Profile.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jefff, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. Jefff


    Aug 14, 2013
    Am I the only one who ever sands the neck on their bass to change the profile?

    I keep reading things like, " The ric neck feels so good but the P bass was to wide"

    A ric is usually wider at the nut than a P bass. It's the profile that feels "wrong". I have owned countless bass guitars and the only ones I haven't changed are a 70 4001 and a late 60's EBO. those were each perfect in their own ways.

    There is plenty of meat on most bass necks. It is very easy to take a 16th to 3/32nds off. Any competent luthier could do it.
  2. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Which ones? Virtually all Rick basses I have encountered/owned were around 1 5/8" (and I am talking about early '60s through current models), same as a Fender B neck, which is P Bass width (with the exception of P Basses with C necks - 1 3/4" wide nuts, wider yet!).

    Also, the neck profiles on Rick basses varied of the decades; the profile on my March '73 4001 feels slimmer (and nicer, to me) than most P Basses I have played. In the end, it is all another personal choice thing, not that one is better than the other.
  3. Jefff


    Aug 14, 2013
    Most rics I have played were 1 and 11/16ths.

    My point is it's the neck that makes it feel "slick", not the nut width.
  4. msaone


    May 13, 2012
    Actually they were "too" wide.

    Sorry, it's impossible for me to resist. :)
  5. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Well, that's a given as nut width is only one aspect of how a neck feels.

    I just measured the Ricks I have, for accuracy; they do vary a bit.

    Early '73 4001 - 1 19/32"
    Mid '93 2030GF - 1 5/8"
    Late '11 4004L - 1 21/32"
    Mid '13 4004L - 1 11/16"

    The profiles vary a bit with the 4001 and 2030GF feeling virtually the same and the two 4004L are a bit thicker feeling; this may be primarily due to the shoulders of the neck profile being different as the nut width differences are not too :D much different.

    My Martin Keith fretless Elfin 5 has a 1 7/8" nut but it's neck feels about the same as the '73 4001, as it's neck shoulders are very shallow in profile. Best feeling 5 string bass I have ever played. :bassist:
  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    He he! :)
  7. You generally don't hear about people sanding Ric necks because they're painted. With Fender-type necks (not painted) it's easy to sand them down. I've done that to quite a few of my basses in the past. Sand them and Tru-Oil them. They feel great.
  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    I know one (and have played it), a 4001V63 that was shaved down to more of a '60 profile. The bass is known as Snow White and is pretty well known among Rick-O-Philes.
  9. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I don't know why anyone would buy a bass with a neck they didn't like and wind up re-shaping it. If you don't like the neck - find another bass.
  10. I've been toying with the idea of sanding my Ric neck for some time now. Not too wide-too thick.
  11. solderjunkie


    Jan 27, 2008
    Nashville TN
    Because sometimes everything else is "just right" and sanding a bit of thickness off of the neck only takes a couple of casual afternoons' work.
  12. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member


    I have done various mods to most of the basses I have owned, including ZONs and Alembics, even reshaping a '72 Telecaster Bass body. Reshaping a neck is not hard to do.
  13. brad houser

    brad houser

    Jan 4, 2008
    my Squier precision 5 is WAY better after I sanded the shoulders down about 1/8". better on my left hand, and somehow the low end tightened up some.