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No more vintage Fenders for me

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JimmyM, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Love 'em except for one thing...the 7.25" radius. I'm afraid that I've played the 12" radius for so long now that I can't get along with the 7.25" anymore. And it's not that I don't enjoy the feel, but I can't bend notes on them. They always fret out when you bend unless you set the action really high. If I don't bend notes, I love my 79 Precision. The second I start bending notes, I want to reach for one of my other basses.

    So now I have to look for a replacement and sell the 79, only the second bass I have ever sold in my life. On the other hand, I've been lamenting having to bring this SX bass on fly gigs, so now I can maybe step up a little and get something better in a P and still not be too concerned about flying with it.
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Nah, I couldn't do that to it. It's totally stock except for missing a thumbrest. I'd rather just get another one.
  3. MD-BassPlayer

    MD-BassPlayer Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Route out the bridge and put in a whammy. Heh.

    If you can afford it, I'd keep the '79 and buy another bass that has a radius more to your liking. You'll kick yourself for selling it down the road.
  4. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Stop bending strings. Is not 1987 anymore.
  5. dblbass

    dblbass Commercial User

    Mar 24, 2007
    Beacon, NY
    Owner of MBJ guitars, Maker of fine sawdust for Carl Thompson Guitars
    you could take it to someone to have it refretted and while they are at it they can reradius it.
  6. Taking the neck off putting on another one isn't going to "de-stock" it, as long as you keep the old neck. And it's helluva lot cheaper! And, you get to keep all the other nice features of you old fender.
  7. Really good idea if you want to trash the value of a vintage instrument...
  8. interp


    Apr 14, 2005
    Garmisch, Germany
    I've got news for you all: a 1979 Fender is not "vintage." I've got underwear older than that.

    Nothing built after CBS acquired the company is vintage IMHO.
  9. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN

    Except due to the public demand for "old stuff", after all the 50's and 60's basses are bought up, the only thing left are 70's and 80's basses so they then become in demand.

    I'll second the idea of getting a new neck too...Warmoth makes some great stuff. Just put away the old one and save it for if/when you sell the bass.

    PS...Interp, please do the world a favor and toss out any underwear that has been around since the Reagan administration! Wal-Mart usually has a 5-pack for $8.
  10. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    +1 on this advise. I am thinking of doing the same on my 57RI just because I have gotten so used to the Jazz neck on my Geddy. I can always sell the bass stock and keep the replacement neck.
  11. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    There is a Wolf guy here who loves the 7,25 radius...i personally find this radius hooooorrible.
  12. Bassflute


    Jun 24, 2006
    Endorsing Artist: MTD basses and strings; Bergantino Amps & Cabs
    They were never the same after Leo left. The fine art of Lutherie left with him. After that we get the era of the 17lb jazz basses with big bulky necks and headstocks, compared to the pencil thin necks and teeny headstocks on the real stuff, and crappy electronics where every possible penny was saved. They wanted to get the logo big, couldn't care less about the instruments. In the 70's, everybody was complaining about how awful the 'new' Fenders were; now a '76 piece of crap is going for thousands just because it's sort of old, not because it's a particularly good instrument.

    Kinda like what happened to Kentucky Fried when the Colonel left. When I was a kid, KFC was amazing.

    Now, well...

    Want a nice jazz bass at 1/6 the cost of a Sadowski?


    Better than anything Fender has built after about 1966 or so, with a few flukey exceptions.

    And it may be time for some new underwear for you.


  13. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    That would be my thought too. You could do a warmoth neck and a set of tuners for under 300 bucks finished, although their bass necks are only a 10 radius, and I"m not sure they'll do anything else on a bass neck. You could also try USACG.
  14. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    I feel like an old fart at 30, but I remember when they couldn't give 70s fenders away. Then they quadrupled over night. You could buy late 70s strats for 300 bucks all the time in the mid nineties, then about 97-98, I started seeing them at 1200. A few months ago, I saw a 75 strat for over 4k. I wish I'd had the foresight when I was a kid.
  15. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I wasn't really asking for advice on modding it, nor was I requesting playing advice from trolls named Lefty, and I know this sounds really hard to believe, I wasn't really requesting people to tell me how crappy my bass is. I was just stating that the 7.25" radius is not for me, and wondering if anyone else had the same problem with it. HumanBass actually got it. The rest of you please delete your replies.
  16. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Classic JimmyM.
  17. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    Let's see if I can post a +1 before he deletes the thread :p
  18. rokkitt


    Jun 7, 2007
    bronx, nyc
    is your 79 black with a maple neck?

    lets see pics......

    that was the rocker, new wave, punk bass of the 70's and 80's

    how much you want for it?

  19. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    rokkitt, yes it is. But I haven't entirely decided to sell it. I have pics of it but I can't remember where I have them stored. Sorry.
  20. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess Spicy Big Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    New neck.
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