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Swapping out a bass neck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Metalbasspro, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Metalbasspro


    Feb 9, 2009
    Is it as easy as simply un screwing the bolts on neck, swapping and re tightening the next down? Or is there more to the story?
  2. 1bassplayin

    1bassplayin -Nowhere Man- Supporting Member

    What kind of bass are we talking about? Fenders?
  3. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Scale length, heel dimensions, etc. They all must match. You can't just put any neck on any bass.
  4. Metalbasspro


    Feb 9, 2009
    Thinking of Swapping the Neck on my 4 string David Ellefson Signature Jackson for the neck found on the Jackson JS2 Concert Bass. Both are imported bolt on versions.
  5. Metalbasspro


    Feb 9, 2009
  6. The first thing to look at is whether the neck heel fits into the neck pocket on the body. The next thing to look at is whether the screw holes in the neck line up with the screw holes in the body. Screw holes can be re-drilled on the neck but if they are too close to the original holes you will have to drill the original holes and glue in hardwood dowels for strength.

    If the neck fits into the pocket you need to measure the scale length. The distance between the nut and 12th fret should closely equal the distance between the 12th fret and the bridge saddle. If the bridge saddle is somewhere in the middle of the measurement in its adjustment range you are probably OK. Bridges can be moved, it's just a matter of how picky you are about exposed screw holes.

    Rick B.