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Vintage Fender Neck width... ??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mandrlane, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. mandrlane


    Dec 22, 2006
    I just grabbed a 1976 Fender Precision from an auction house... Looks to be all original, but missing the bridge cover. Paid $1,100 for it... anyway, I plugged it in and played. The neck feels really thin at the nut. I have another bass with an early 80s (believe 82) American Precision Special neck on it. the 76 is thinner.

    I heard at one point(probably here) that some of the old p-bass necks actually had the same specs as the jazz... type A necks I believe they were called. So... I was wondering if any one could verify this, and if anyone could provide links to spec options of fenders necks through the years... I googled and didn't find anything.

    Hoping to verify that I may indeed have one of those precisions with the thin neck... or maybe they just all came that way??
  2. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    If I'm not mistaking:

    A neck: 1.50"
    B neck: 1.62"
    C neck: 1.75

    Not to be confused with the common neck profiles: C neck for a C-back profile, V necks, U necks, D necks, etc.

    But I have to look it up.

    If you got a P with an A neck, that's a find! Not impossoble to find, but kinda rare.
  3. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Most common necks of that era were the 1-5/8" B necks, but yeah, some did get ordered with the 1-1/2" A neck.
    Just simply measure the nut width.
  4. Sleeq


    Feb 13, 2008
    Many 70's P-Basses come in the "A" width... so its not uncommon in this era.
  5. mandrlane


    Dec 22, 2006
    Thanks guys... just measured. It is 1-5/8. So I guess that its standard... just thinner than my precision special... so though it was strange. but looks like they simply had various options. Thanks a lot for the info.

    Now to order the badassII bridge and a bridge cover... amazing what a trash bridge it has :) ofcourse I'll keep the original stuff in a bg on the shelf :)

    Thanks all!
  6. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I don't know what it is, but I find a lot of the 70's Precision B necks feel thinner than modern B necks... I think it's got to do with the fretboard radius or something. But I love those necks.
  7. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I got an old '82 P Special too, and the neck on that thing is FAT! the B neck on my '72 P seems pencil-thin compared to the Special.

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