Opinion, who makes the best bass neck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Philip McAdam, Jun 18, 2021.

  1. The thread title says it all, I am curious about what makes a good neck and who is doing that the best.
  2. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Well people have different hands and preferences so there is no single answer that is correct, as you well know. Also a maker can make good 4-string neck but awesome 5-string necks, to you. So many variables. For me and a 5-string, the best I have tried is my Marleaux-bass from Germany. I can't say exactly what it is, but the result for me is that it takes very little effort to play it, in a way that I can concentrate more on what to play than actually overcome the problem of handling an instrument neck. Another a 5-string neck that surprised me positively was a Lakland USA 55-94 which I tried in a store.

    For a 4 string, I like jazz width but with a thick-ish front to back, to fill the hand.

    Anyway, my tip is try to get a feel feel for which variables you like from there parameters:
    String spacing
    Neck thickness
    Neck general shape ( U, V, D-shape etc)

    If you know what you prefer, it's easier to filter out the unwanteds.

    And on the bass itself, distance from top horn to the 12th fret (for reach to the first fret when playing)
    Balance on the strap

    After that, you can worry even more about pickups and pickup placement, preamp, woods, bass color, price, and lots more. Fun ain't it? :D
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  3. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    A good neck is like a fine art. There are countless pieces but each one is unique.
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  4. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
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  5. The only neck that made me go 'whoa', was the one on a Lakland Skyline Hollowbody 30.
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  6. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Probably the Mayones 9 Piece necks!
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  7. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Impossible to answer. I love the necks on my Fodera and Stingray. Completely different but extremely comfortable.
  8. onamission

    onamission Supporting Member

    I'm partial to Precision necks, 1-5/8 to 1-3/4 at the nut. Warmoth makes a nice reinforced neck. I also have a couple nice Mighty-Mite necks. Squier's CV necks are nice as well. All of these have been stable and relatively trouble free.
  9. We can’t agree on what best means, never mind who makes it.
  10. saltydude


    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    The multi laminate Kubicki necks score the highest for me but I also have a inexpensive Schecter bass with an incredibly fast comfortable neck on it.
    Personal preference rules here.
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  11. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    The Best neck I have ever played was on my Sire V7 4 string just an amazing feeling and playing neck. Runner up would be the neck on my Sire P7 5 string
  12. ComeHomeShane

    ComeHomeShane Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2016
    Southern California
    My personal favorite is the Stingray Special 4. It just fits my hand perfectly.
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  13. JuanB


    Feb 20, 2010
    Modulus, Zon, Status
  14. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    I cant tell you the answer, but I really like a wider neck with a flat radius and thin feel between the thumb and fingers. My Schecter model T bass is to die for in this respect.
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  15. Bassclef46


    Feb 1, 2021
    until you play the neck on a yamaha attitude 3 you can not really answer this question. I mean, how does a neck that big play so fast and effortless?
  16. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    For me it’s the necks on Dean Edge and Hillsboro basses that have a satin finish on the back of the neck. Thin and narrow. Very similar to Schecter and Ibanez necks but not quite the same.

    [edit] Dean Jeff Berlin USA and Czech basses too.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2021
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  17. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
    I love my Warwick Thumb's wenge neck, but I really like my Dingwall maple necks. And my MIJ P bass. And my Lakland Skyline 44-60.
  18. Depends on your hands more than anything else. For me, the thin necks on Schecter basses feel awesome.
  19. nickpc


    Jul 23, 2012
    North Carolina
    Very personal question - everyone is going to have a different answer based on their experience and opinion. For me:

    Sadowsky - my NYC Vintage 21-fret neck is just to die for
    A close 2nd was 2ng Gen Peavey Fury. That neck had no business being as comfortable as it was
    Honorable mention to my Peavey T-40. Yes, very different neck, but also just works for me
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