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One New Neck = Two New Basses! (Bound and Blocked P + Fretless content)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JimFog, Aug 15, 2012.


  1. JimFog

    JimFog Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2000
    Phila, Pa
    I'm a simple man.

    Really having two Fender basses is one too many for my needs. But still, I have a beautiful Daphne Blue Warmoth Jazz Bass, with Fralins......and a down n' dirty sunburst 50's Classic P, with '62 Original pickups. I prefer tone of the P, but the playability of the J.....pretty typical. I've also been hankering for a fretless, but THREE basses would be totally out of hand.

    So, I saw a super nice older Warmoth fretless J neck, with a thick, dark RW board, on Craigslist today, for a great price. On a whim, I snagged it. It went on my J bass, and then I figured, what the hell, and bolted up the J neck on my P.

    Great success!!

    In case you hadn't heard, Leo Fender was a genius. Both of them went on smooth, and when strung up, didn't need a lick of adjusting. Played perfectly. Intonated perfectly. Sounded GREAT. I'm just tickled at how painless and perfect they turned out.

    The now fretless J is MWAAHH Central, but with enough versatilty that I could see gigging it exclusively. You don't HAVE the be all slidey slidey all the time, ya know.

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    I'm extra excited at how much easier the P is to play now, without losing a thing, tonally. That was always my preferred gigging bass, but the big honkin' neck daunted me. No mo'. Plus, I figured with a sunburst bass, the RW blocked and bound neck would need a tortoise 'guard (like Carl Radle's), instead of the stock anodized gold. Wrong! The gold just WORKS. I'm psyched.

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    Really, no point to this thread, but to gush. So many of my bright ideas/projects fail miserably, that I'm shocked this one came out so well.

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    - Jim
     
  2. Shakin-Slim

    Shakin-Slim

    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Awesome, man! I have 2 basses in this same configuration, too. A fretless jazz and a P with a J neck. Unfortunately it's not a bound n blocked neck, as much as I wanted that Radle look. You've got yourself two beauties there mate, I hope you enjoy the hell out of them!
     

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