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should fender necks be reinforced?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Milothicus, May 31, 2002.

  1. I'm building a fretless neck for my jazz bass, and just realized i don't know if i should put any reinforcements in other than the truss rod....

    are fender 4-string necks reinforced in any way other than the truss rod?

    Should they be?
  2. Chambers


    Apr 9, 2002
    Vancouver, WA
    the standard fender neck only has a compression rod, nothing else. With a 4 string, and good wood, I doubt you would need anything other than the truss rod, though I would suggest a double action rather than a compression rod.
  3. just what i needed to know. i've got hard maple and i'll be using a stewmac hotrod.

  4. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Fender uses graphite reinforcement in the American basses.
  5. Chambers


    Apr 9, 2002
    Vancouver, WA
    I noticed a recent add where the truss rod adjustment on a jass was at the body, not the headstock. I haven't seen one of these new basses in person though. Was this change the same time when they added CF rods?
  6. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    yes the truss rod is adjusted at the end of the neck. i think they changed it when they did the graphite. but i am not sure.