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Two Octave Necks- How Rare Are They

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by StyleOverShow, Apr 6, 2014.


  1. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Hillsdale, Portland
    Yup, I know the six to eight string basses, with necks as wide as the Dan Ryan Expressway, often have something approaching three, four octaves across the fretboard, but how often do you find a double octave 4 ebg neck?

    I have one on a Tune bass, a Korean copy if a pretty good Japanese bass. I like the vertical ascension although arguably same effect/sound going across 5th through nth strings on wider neck.

    Called my tech guy and he quoted $1500 to build body and guts using the Tune neck....seems a bit steep.

    Anyone else know of a two octave 4 string neck?
     
  2. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Nashville,TN
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    That is a bit steep. You can get 2 octave necks from Warmoth (Gecko model although that's only 5 and 6 strings) and Moses Graphite and 24 frets is really common among basses by Schecter, ESP, Ibanez, Cort, Carvin, Yamaha and pretty much anyone except Fender, Gibson and G and L (Music Man's Bongo basses have 24 frets).
    For $1500 you could likely buy the Japanese version of your Tune bass.
     
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  4. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Hillsdale, Portland
    If i was spending $1500 I would look to a boutique bass although I tend towards the working man's ebg.
     
  5. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

    Are you just looking for a 24 fret 4 string bass?

    If so, as Roy mentions above, almost every manufacturer makes one except Fender, Gibson and G&L and a few others (likely Gretch and the more traditional companies).
     
  6. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    There are tons of basses out there that have double octave necks. For $1,500 you could buy a bolt-on Warwick Thumb (26 frets), and on a good day, possibly a NT Thumb.
     
  7. Yes, two octave necks are not very rare, pretty common methinks - but they are very rare in FenderLand. They only made a handful. The Performer, the Urge and the Jazz 24 come to mind, but I suppose there were probably a couple of others.

    I guess the Fender folks just don't want you noodling up there.

    BassHappy
    www.innertainment.net
     
  8. Manton Customs

    Manton Customs UK Luthier

    Jan 31, 2014
    Shropshire, UK
    Luthier, Manton Customs
    It is steep, you could come close to halving that figure if you didn't go crazy on options and used someone else.
     
  9. sedan_dad

    sedan_dad

    Feb 5, 2006
    Mudsock,Ohio
    Dano. Under $300
     
  10. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    U.S. made Peavey Cirrus is another 24 fret bass - and boutique quality for chump change. The 4-strings tend to be extra cheap, for some reason.
     
  11. Most Spector basses have 24 fret necks!
     
  12. Figjam

    Figjam Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Ibanez RB850. Japanese build quality. Find one used for $250-400. I got mine for $200 due to bad condition.

    Lots of the roadster models have 24 frets.
     
  13. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    As I type this, I'm sitting next to a Kramer "The Duke" headless bass. It has 25 frets (one's a zero fret, though; there's no nut on these), and its a short scale, too.
    Which Danos have 24 frets? My Korean DC Pros only have 20; have I been robbed? :)
     
  14. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Nashville,TN
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    The Dano Longhorn
     
  15. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester Supporting Member

    I had a Dano or Coral Wasp or something. It was a double octave, short scale package of weirdness. I haven't seen another like it since.
     
  16. I think 99% of Ibby SRs are 24 frets. SR300/305s can be had used for cheap. For $1500, you could buy a whole stable.
     
  17. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Jovial Curmudgeon Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Warwick. Rock basses even. Dolphin 26 frets. Fender makes / made a 24 fret jazz bass ...schecter...