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Neck screws

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by lowrez, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. lowrez

    lowrez no.

    Nov 27, 2004
    New Englandish
    I have read a few times of a hump that can develop on some models from the neck screws being overtightened. I recently removed (and reinstalled) the neck to check the stamps. There is no hump in the neck of mine, but how tight should they be? I don't want to damage this bass.
  2. metron

    metron Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    I tighten them all the way down without putting a lot of force into it then I back off slightly. Maybe 1/8 turn. If you have microtilt then you have to be aware of the fulcrum screw tension. I do the same with that except I back off a little more once it is tightened.
  3. If you have a 6 bolt neck, just be sure that (1) The neck is well seated in the pocket and (2) The screws are evenly tightened. You want them good & tight, but don't go crazy about it.

    It isn't a hump that can occur, but a ski-jump looking curve that makes the frets from roughly 12 and up nearly unplayable. While ski-jump can happen to any bolt-on neck (any neck, actually), it was seen more in the older 3-bolt, Precision Tilt, necks. This is NOT a result of a deficiency in the Precision Tilt design! It's a problem of over-zealous cranking on the adjuster. Some folks just can't wrap their heads around the idea that a little bit goes a long way.


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