New neck for epiphone t-bird?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mplsgetscold, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. mplsgetscold


    Jul 9, 2012
    I like how my thunderbird sounds but I hate how it plays. The neck is just too wide.

    I wanna put something more akin to my jazz bass neck on it so I can enjoy playing it.

    What kind of rules or guidelines should I follow while shopping for a new neck?
  2. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    The T-bird neck is not a direct fit for Fender-style necks. You will need to do some work on the neck pocket to get that to work, but it can be done.

    Best of luck,

  3. Hi.

    Assuming fretted...

    If You don't mind moving the bridge or changing it, pretty much any "Fender style" BO 34" scale neck will be doable with slight neck heel/neck pocket trimming.

    If You want to keep the original bridge at its original place, you have to measure the neck length very carefully.

    With un-lined & un-dotted fretless neck anything goes.

  4. mplsgetscold


    Jul 9, 2012
    Well, this is obviously gonna be a much more involved project than purchasing a replacement neck.

    Suppose I'll break out the tape measure
  5. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    You could reduce the width of the existing neck. It'd require a full refret, but it can be done.
  6. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Get a real Thunderbird
    The Gibson's have Jazz like necks.
  7. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    It's a relatively minor surgery to the neck pocket plus a Hipshot Supertone bridge that's needed.
    Get a Squire or Fender MIM neck. And some lightweight tuners couldn't hurt.

  8. mplsgetscold


    Jul 9, 2012
    yes. that is exactly what i want. thats the same model i have AND i was looking into a new bridge anyway!

    thanks so much!
  9. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    I would just trade it in on a new Epi T-bird. The new Epi bolt on Birds have a narrow/slim 1.5" nut just like the Gibsons, which is similar to a jazz neck.
  10. solderjunkie


    Jan 27, 2008
    Nashville TN
    I used a Fernandes neck and Supertone bridge. I needed to route the neck pocket 5/16" toward the bridge to match scale-length and have good intonation.