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Real World Neck Spec's: Classic Vibe '51 Precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by doc540, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    Hope this helps someone.

    The overall feel of the neck is NOT that of the super-chunk Telecaster neck, but a more modern "C-shape" neck. I called Fender to confirm this besides taking the actual measurements myself.

    width = fretboard side to side

    thickness = front of fretboard to back of neck

    Width at nut: 1.663" (compared to my '78 Jazz at 1.447", that's only .2")

    Thickness at nut: .866"

    Width at 12th fret: 2.269"

    Thickness at 12th fret: .984"

    I've played a '69 and '78 Jazz for over 30 years and haven't been comfortable with the wide, thick necks of most Precisions and, especially, the Telecaster necks.

    But this Classic Vibe '51 Precision is manageable and comfortable.

    Modern Precision and Jazz bass players should be able to handle this one without any problems.

  2. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Perhaps the one with the Fender humbucking pickup uses the same neck profile?
  3. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    if you mean the Telecaster with the big, chrome 'bucker, I don't think so.

    I think that neck profile is the chunkiest Fender ever made.
  4. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Not true:
    my 1972 Tele bass nut width is 1.66
  5. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Oh no. Not the early '70's Tele Bass.

    I was refering to the Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass® TB which appears to have the Fender name on its humbucker's pickup cover.

    I recently read a thread about how said pickup's series-wired coils can easily be re-wired in parallel to achieve better tonal clarity.

    Now if this instrument also has the same comfy neck as the Classic Vibe Precision Bass® ’50s, it could be of interest to P and J owners who want a Fender sound which their current basses don't cover.

    But then there's that two piece bridge... :eyebrow:

    On the other hand, a bass with a big 'bucker against its neck is best suited for playing the money frets anyhow. :D
  6. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    How thick is it at the nut and 12th fret?

    The problems I've had adapting to the old school Tele necks was their thickness and no so much their width.

    Some of the '60's Precisions has a very wide, flat neck that just wasn't my cup of tea (especially after playing a Jazz for 30+ years).