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Stingray neck on P bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bassgrackle, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. bassgrackle

    bassgrackle Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    I have a warmoth PJ body all setup and ready for a neck. And I came across a good looking 89 Stingray Fretless. But will it fit? And will the intonation be a mess?
  2. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    As long as the heel fits into the pocket, sure it'll fit; a Fender 4 string neck is 2.5 inches wide. your scale length might be longer but since there are no frets that's not a big deal. I think you scale length will be ~34.5". A Fender 34" 20 fret neck is 23 13/16 long (nut to end). Measure the length of the Stingray neck, add the difference in neck lengths of the two necks + 34 and you have your new scale length. Intonation shouldn't be an issue either, as long as you have some real adjustment on the bridge.

    I'm assuming an unlined fretless w/o side markers. If the neck has either they wiil be located incorrectly. The pickup position relative to scale length will change slightly, but I doubt the difference will be audible, I think the percentage of change will be about 1.5% (what's 1.5% of a half inch?), slightly warmer, but if audible, can be compensated with more compliant strings, higher pot value, and/or a lower cap value.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
  3. bassgrackle

    bassgrackle Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2010

    Good call on the intonation not being an issue considering it’s a Fretless. I hadn’t thought about that aspect before.
  4. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    I’ve done some builds and neck swaps..not a pro by any means. My instincts tell me right out the gate this isn’t a good idea.

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