Ok so after having my Jazz Bass Special for a little while I decided that I love the all black neck look. My other main bass is my SX which is heavily modded, and as much as I like the vintage colored finish, I like all black more. The neck thickness is more than my Fender front to back, but it's not a big issue for me as I kind of like it that way. I'm contemplating buying a new neck for this in order to finish it in black. I can't decide whether I want to wait for Rondo to get more SX J necks in stock and then buy one of those and work on it, or buy a Fender J neck. The upside to the SX neck is that they only cost $40, and there's a very good chance it will fit my SX bass's neck pocket. Also it'll be less of a loss if I manage to screw up the finishing process. The downside is that the fretwork and nuts on these usually isn't the best. It's fine onmy SX P/J bass but I hear the fretwork on the replacement necks usually needs some work, which I'm not very experienced in doing. I also might end up wanting to try reshaping this neck slightly around frets 1-3 to be a little more like my Fender but probably not. I can buy Fender Mighty Mite necks for like $100, and the quality of them is probably a little better. I'm worried about it not fitting in the neck pocket of my SX very well though, as even if it lines up with the holes, there will probably be gaps on the sides. I've read mixed opinions about whether or not this really matters though as long as it's flat on the bottom. Also if I screw up the finishing on it then I'm out a bit more money. What should I do in this situation? Is finishing a neck hard enough that there's a good chance I'll screw it up? I have experience painting metal automotive components and body panels and things. Is painting wood a lot different? and what's the general consensus on the neck pocket issue? Thanks for any help you can offer!