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neck to body connection?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by draginon, Dec 8, 2005.


  1. draginon

    draginon

    Oct 4, 2004
    The neck to my bass doesn't fit perfectly snug into the body. My questions is...

    Am I losing any tone because it doesn't fit perfectly? Will reshaping it to fit the body nice and snug make a difference in tone?
     
  2. probably not one you notice unless the joint is really loose, i.e. moveable without much force
     
  3. jyee

    jyee

    Oct 27, 2005
    Denver, Colorado
    depends on what you mean by snug into the body. looking at the front of the bass - gaps between the end or sides of the neck and the body won't make much of a difference. looking from the side of the bass - gaps between the neck and the heel where it's bolted will make a difference. the neck and the heel need to be flat so that they make the most solid connection when the bolts push them together.

    i hope that makes sense.
     
  4. jyee

    jyee

    Oct 27, 2005
    Denver, Colorado
    i made a picture
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  5. draginon

    draginon

    Oct 4, 2004
    thanx jyee for the picture. other than electronics and hardware (bridge, nut, knobs etc...) What seperates the tone of a random Peavey neck through (such as the grind, not the cirrus) that is made from mahoghany from a mahoghany ken smith.

    I am trying to determine whether the difference has anything to do with tone or if it is purely cosmetic
     
  6. i agree to a point....if the screws are tight and the neck and body vibrate as a common system, the tone is not affected...but if there is "play" in the neck joint (regardless of where the gaps are), then the tone will be affected.
     
  7. jeffhigh

    jeffhigh

    May 16, 2005
    I would not be too concerned about the sides of the neck in the pocket but I would like the end of the neck to be in contact with the back face of the body pocket rather than relying on the screws in shear.
     
  8. quite a good point, actually. ideally the screws should only be holding forces along their length and not in shear (across the screw axis), as you say.