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The Chunk Keeps the Funk: Let's See Your Chunky Necks

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DrSpunkwater, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. DrSpunkwater


    Sep 17, 2012
    I like big necks and I cannot lie. Skinny necks are the devil, and I want nothing to do with them. Don't know about the rest of you guys, but when I'm laying down a groove, ain't nothin that grooves like a big-ass neck. That P-bass tone with a huge neck? 1" thick U-shaped profile? Hnng. Ecstasy.

    Let's see those chunky necks! Show us what you use to lay down that groove!

    *neck pics on my part forthcoming*

    Master list of basses that come stock with chunky necks:
    1. Fender Steve Harris Precision
    2. Fender Roger Waters Precision
    3. Music Man Stingray
    4. G&L L2000
    5. Rickenbacker 4003 (Varies by year)
    6. Warmoth standard IV
    7. Warmoth standard and deluxe V
    8. Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz bass
    9. Fender Standard Jazz Bass V

    Da Chunky Funk Club:
    1. tabdog
    2. davidjackson
    3. Energy
    4. markob
    5. Rip Topaz
    6. Petethebassman
    7. muzikman7
    8. DrSpunkwater
    9. Mr.Fingers
    10. 3234718
    11. totem
  2. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    This hand made bass has a neck that
    near 2 inches at the nut. It's so chunky
    that it has a D shaped neck because a
    C shape would just be too thick,





    This thing is a blast to play,

  3. DrSpunkwater


    Sep 17, 2012
    Nice, man. That neck is huge! You must have hands that can crush another man's skull.

    I'm a pretty big fan of Jazz-width necks with huge profiles. Too bad they're so uncommon! :bawl:
  4. davidjackson


    Sep 10, 2011
    I take it the "I like big necks and I cannot lie" quote was ripped from Ed Friedland's review on YouTube of the Steve Harris tribute P bass? :)

    I've got one and love my maple girth.
  5. mp40smg


    Aug 11, 2010
    Worcester, Ma.
    I don't think I have ever seen that pattern of inlay dots. Was that a conscious choice?
  6. DrSpunkwater


    Sep 17, 2012
    Haha, yeah, a little bit. I wrote it and wondered if I'd heard him say that, so I listened to the review again. Sure enough, he said it. ;)

    Show us a picture of that beast you've got!
  7. davidjackson


    Sep 10, 2011
    Here it is - modelling and being used live!

    Like Ed said in his review, the nut width is pretty standard but there is plenty of wood around the back to really give you something to grip as you funk away. I am a big Maiden and Steve Harris fan but the band I am in now plays mostly motown, soul, pop and disco. My P bass and a compression pedal is all I need to plug in and play any of that stuff. Love it.

    My Jazz bass always feel a bit weedy with its super slim neck...

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  8. DrSpunkwater


    Sep 17, 2012
    VERY nice. Quite jealous on my end.

    I've wanted to put together a traditional P-bass with one of those Steve Harris necks for a little while now. I've got a fretless P that's just about done and a parts '54 style P in the works.
  9. Energy


    Jun 20, 2006
    '68 Tele - as chunky as it gets.

  10. Damn! That tele is sweet.
  11. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
  12. markob


    Mar 2, 2010
    North Cali
    The chubby one...on the left;)
  13. Liam76


    Dec 28, 2012
    I have a fretless Warmoth jazz neck, the fingerboard is a monstrous slab of ebony and I love every bit of it.
  14. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    My SX neck is chunky (for a J), in fact that was one of the selling points for me. I prefer P-bass necks but wanted to add a J for the extra tones it brings to the table. I played a BUNCH of Jazz basses and didn't really get on with the skinny necks.

    I would be the guy you find with a P neck on a Jazz, instead of the usual way around!!

    Here's my chunky three:
  15. Petethebassman


    Mar 7, 2008
    My '75 P-Bass's maple neck is quite chunky, with the right thickness and a nice meaty feel. The neck profile has a pronounced shoulder, very U-shaped and it's a perfect fit for me. The bass has obviously been used hard by previous owners, as the neck has plenty of battle scars: dings, bumps, pieces of lacquer missing, but it's a survivor as the neck is still very stable and the truss rod works perfectly.



  16. muzikman7


    Sep 16, 2004
    This is my big neck beauty, '68 Tele. DSC00118.
  17. makaspar

    makaspar Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Have you seen the Rick Kelly bass that GE Smith uses with Roger Waters? It has a near upright sized neck.. Pretty sick..

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  18. DrSpunkwater


    Sep 17, 2012
    Very slick Tele basses, guys. I wish I had a neck as thick as those, but they seem hard to come by.

    Speaking of G.E. Smith's bass, I was just thinking about it earlier today and how massive it is. Apparently when G.E. plays bass, he doesn't mess around. He probably plays a chunky neck and thinks it's too small.
  19. Hey, that's a thread I like.

    We could put some number to it, I'll start.

    G&L #7 neck "modern C" on my L-1500, factory specs :
    Width at nut : 1.75"
    Depth at 1st fret : 0.82"
    Fretboard radius : 12"

    Measured circumference at 1st fret : 4.3"

    Should qualify as chunky, I'd say. Fattest neck I had so far and I like it since it fits my playing style better than narrow and especially thin ones, also I think that thick just sounds better.

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