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Precision Maple Neck question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Forrrest, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Forrrest


    Mar 10, 2013
    Does fender make a precision bass with a solid maple neck? The models I was looking at were all two pieces (maple fingerboard on top of maple neck) like in this picture
    notice the different two different grains.

    were their years where it was just one solid piece?
  2. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Maybe the 'skunk stripe' necks? I have never really examined them closely.

    They gotta get a truss rod in there somehow.
  3. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    They definitely used to. I had a 1970 P-bass with a one-piece solid maple neck.
  4. I think that the Steve Harris signature P has a one piece maple neck. Owners could possibly confirm.
  5. Old Fart

    Old Fart

    Mar 11, 2011
    It is very hard to see the seam on my new Deluxe P. The fretboard is a separate piece but visually, it looks like a one piece neck. Necks either have a separate fretboard, a skunk stripe, or no truss rod.
  6. Forrrest


    Mar 10, 2013
    skunk stripe?

    now I get it.
    to put the truss rod in the back they gouge out a strip and fill it
    & yes the new US basses look great, and they're very hard to even notice that it's two pieces.

    any comments on the difference in tone?
  7. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Don't some of the Squiers have a one piece neck? The Cabronita and the Tele's, I think.
  8. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    strip of walnut in the back of most fender necks. when separate fingerboards were not used, they dug out a cavity through the back of the neck to put it in, then filled the trench with a walnut "skunk stripe"
  9. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    I believe you are correct.
  10. leemelone


    May 24, 2011
    My Road Worn P Bass is one piece maple with the skunk stripe.
  11. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    My P-Basses are both one piece. One's a Steve Harris and one's a Roadworn. Both have the skunk stripe.
  12. Forrrest


    Mar 10, 2013
    It's been a few years ago that I played a vintage p-bass that was solid maple, and the new two piece ones I've tried didn't have the same feel. Could it be the solid neck that gives those 70's p-basses that magic?
  13. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    My SX has a one piece maple neck. One piece body too.
  14. The 1 piece maple necks are on the Vintage reissues and on the Classic 50s/Roadworn series P-bass.
    The Skunk stripe is cut in the back to get the truss rod in.

    The MIM standard and other Maple fretboards are 2 piece.
  15. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    As mentioned above, skunk stripes are one piece necks. Although I do have an SX maple Jazz neck that has a skunk stripe and laminated maple fretboard.:confused: Go figure.
  16. svp


    Mar 12, 2007
    My 57 AVRI is
  17. Many Fender MIM & Squier necks will have a skunk stripe on a Rosewood or 2piece neck, too.
    The process they seem to take is, route the channel & skunk slot, install fingerboard, install truss rod & stripe.
  18. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    The MIJ/CIJ P (Sting and Steve Harris, anyway) basses are one piece.
  19. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    my 72 is one piece. Love it!
  20. corndog


    Jul 20, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    My Squier 50s pbass is one piece. Awesome neck!

    They could sell the neck for what the entire bass cost.