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Neck replacement: Moses, Warmoth or Allparts?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Mesa Man, Jun 3, 2003.


  1. Ok, I have been thinking about replacing the neck of my MIA Fender jazz fretless with a fretted. Now my question is which to go with? Moses seem nice but are expensive, Warmoth are also nice and offer extensive custom options (too bad that the gecko option is unavailable) Allparts are just nothing special.. and more expensive than Warmoth.

    What shall I do? Help?!:confused:
     
  2. You may also want to check out USA Custom Guitars. I have no personal experience but I've heard nothing but good things about them.
     
  3. I can tell from experience that you will not regret the Warmoth route. These necks are incredibly built, stable, and look great.
     
  4. I am not sure that USA CG will ship it over here (Sweden).. the prices are about the same as Warmoth. Any other opinions? Anyone? :confused:
     
  5. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    You could also look at Mighty Might..they do Fender-licensed necks, and prices are pretty cheap. If you want REALLY cheap, check out Essex (Rondo Music).
     
  6. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    I have a moses jazz neck on my warmoth jazz body. I love it. It's thin and really fast and responsive. You do get some of the graphite twanginess, but I'm really starting to like it-- esp after I switched out my EMG's for much warmer sounding Bartolini soapbars. You can find deals on used Moses necks if you look around.
     
  7. rick123

    rick123

    Oct 20, 2001
    Evanston, Wyoming
    I just bought a Warmoth Tele-style P bass neck and installed it and its great! The price was reasonable and the service was great. I have also used a couple of Mighty Mite "Fender" necks and they were fine, but in my oppinion, the Warmoth is superior. You can pick up Mighty Mites on e-bay very reasonably if you watch closely.
    Things to consider: Warmoth necks are sealed but not hard-coated and you'll need to cut a nut for it. Neither thing should discourage you from using one of these fine necks.
    Good Luck
     
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Moses:
    Never tried one. Sorry. :(

    Warmoth:
    Great necks. I've built/customized about 7-8 basses with Warmoth necks & I like them alot. The only downer is that they use steel reinforcements which will make the bass really heavy. One bass I built (whick was one of my favorites) was this:

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=552868">

    Great feeling neck, the EMG/Aguilar just sang. But the bass was alittle over 10LBS (IIRC) & was KILLING my shoulder (even with a wide leather padded strap.) :(

    AllParts:
    I've bvuilt one bass using an Allparts neck & like you said....

    "Allparts are just nothing special"
     
  9. Ok, seems like the most of you guys go for warmoth. Allparts just seem to be plain replacement. Warmoth just do their thing (heavy) but that might be good.. I dont know really, but I know that I really like that cusom jazz neck with binding and block inlays.. :)
     
  10. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    Here's my moses neck on a dinky j body from warmoth
     
  11. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Hold on, Mesa Man!
    Have you talked to Mabass in Karlskoga?
    He makes great necks. And for a J-neck, I think the price could be fair (though I don't know ...)

    Edit: ...but I can't work out why you would put frets on a fret-free....:confused: :confused:
     
  12. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Wonder if Moses can do block inlays.
     
  13. Well, no.. I didnt know about that company..do they have a hompage, telephone.. anything would be a great help here.. especially since Karlskoga is not too far away. Good idea!

    Why fret the fretless? Well, just want a fretted Jazz sometimes, and sometimes not. :bassist:
     
  14. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    No web site.

    From the Yellow Pages:

    Adressuppgifter
    Mabass Custom basses & guitars

    Örebrov. 25 B, 691 52 KARLSKOGA

    0586-313 00

    Mobiltfn 070-527 33 25

    Butik 0586-313 63


    :bassist:
     
  15. Thankyou, will look into it!

    :)
     
  16. Anyone try the block inlay bound Allparts necks?

    I know the Warmoth are great but the AP is about 100 USD less - how's the quality?
     
  17. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    I have one of those that I got used, but it was never mounted on a body (and still isn't). Visually, it looks great, I couldn't see any problems with it. It is a maple neck with binding and black blocks.

    I'll be getting a Warmoth body for it in few weeks...will post pics when it's all done.
     
  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
     
  19. Razor

    Razor

    Sep 22, 2002
    Dallas
    I've used probably 6-7 Warmoth necks and I have been very pleased with them all. The only problem I ever had was a personal preference...I liked rolled edges on my necks and unless something has changed Warmoth rep's have told me countless times they can't do that. Other than that, the necks they produce are great.
     
  20. permagrin

    permagrin

    May 1, 2003
    San Pedro, CA
    Razor, re: 'rolled edges'

    I think you may mean the edge of the board lowest to the ground in playing position (runs along the length of the G-string). It was very sharp on my Warmoth neck, I sanded it down quite a bit so that it would be rounder, it's now much more comfortable (for me, it wasn't even playable until I did that). Mine was fretless so it was no problem. Fretted...?

    And it is quite heavy, my bass weighs in just under 12 lbs. But it's a bubinga neck, and looks absolutely killer! Feels great (unfinished), solid as a rock, great sustain, very even sound.