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Neck Swap Out on a Squier P

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Ampig, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Will a standard P bass replacement neck (Mighty Mite, Allparts, etc) work on Squier Affinity P bass?
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    I do know that the Mexican Fender P neck they sell on the Fender website will fit a Squier.I've done it.
    I did once try to put a Mighty Mite Strat neck on a Squier Strat body... didn't fit. I had to shave down the neck heel to make it work.
  3. s4001


    Feb 2, 2009
    I tried an allparts on a Squier and had to shim the sides.
  4. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    Squiers are notoriously inconsistent. Measure the neck pocket. The Fender replacements should be 2.5" wide at the heel.
  5. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Assume nothing...
  6. Did you need to drill out any holes on the neck? The pics on the Fender site make it look like everything is pre-drilled, but you never know ...
  7. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

    Nov 14, 2012
    Boston, MA
    I have a Fender MIM neck on a JP Squier body, and there's a little gap, but it's fine. I also have an older Squier Standard neck on an Affinity body, without issue. Maybe that's not exactly apples to apples, though maybe it's more like Honeycrisp apples-to-Gala apples, I don't know ...
  8. eb3mike


    Nov 5, 2010
    A year ago I purchased an SX neck found here from someone 10 miles away from me. Brand new unfinished for $50. Perfect fit and intonation on a Squire P. I play it almost everyday.
  9. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Yep... It did arrive pre-drilled, but lined up great.
    Not the tightest fit side to side, but not too sloppy. The pocket depth was just right for a nice set up. No shim required.
    On the headstock, the machine head holes are pre-drilled also. The match up was good there too. One or two of the tiny screws went in at an angle, but worked out well.
  10. The fretboard has a gloss finish, Yes?
  11. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    The real nice thing about it is that it is gloss on the fretboard and headstock front and satin finish on the back. Skunk stripe too. I did have to drill the string tree hole. It says made in Mexico and has its own ser # on the back of the headstock.
  12. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    There's nothing special about "satin" finish on fender/squier necks. They just rough up the finish with some sanding. MIA necks come nicely finished, but on MIM and lower models, you can tell they just knocked down the gloss with sandpaper. Very easy to DIY.

    Proper satin finish used on other companies seem completely different. On couple of my guitars, satin finish on the neck is actually finished in matte. Feels very different from gloss finish sanded down.
  13. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I just put a MIM Fender neck on a Squier Jazz body, and although it was a tight fit, it definitely worked just fine. The screw holes lined up with no gaps anywhere. The specs for a MIM Fender neck heel are the same as the U.S. ones which are the same as Mighty Mite, All Parts and Warmoth. Like someone else said, though, not all Squier measurements are the same. It would be a "cross your fingers" situation.
  14. One last question. On the Fender website the copy for the MIM Maple fretboard says it has white dot markers, but the pic shows black dots. Which is it?
  15. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Cliff... Black dots
  16. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Definitely black dots.
  17. Excellent. Thanks!