Warmoth Neck for MIM Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by JeremyBender, Oct 22, 2001.

  1. JeremyBender


    Oct 22, 2001
    Hey Folks,

    I am new to these forums.. I was hoping you good people could help me out. I have a MIM Jazz Bass which is about a year old and want to buy a Warmoth fretless neck for it. I am incapable of doing the switch myself, and was hoping you all could tell me what I should or should not do?? I want to try to do it myself, but I have never been very good at anything on technical side of repairing or upgrading my Bass. Is there a way to get good at the simple stuff (lowering action, adjusting intonation)?

    Trial and error has cost me money in the past and I would like to avoid breaking anything else.. Sorry for the length of the post.. Any help is appreciated!
  2. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Welcome to Talkbass,Jeremy.
    In my opinion,you could probably find a used MIM fretless Jazz for the same price that its going to cost for a Warmoth neck,new strings,labor and any other hardware you may need(new tuners,etc).

    Good luck.
  3. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I agree. Warmoth stuff is not cheap, but you should be able to find something nice fretless used for about the same price. I replaced the neck on a cheap bass once witha really good expensive neck. I regret it! I didn't know what I was doing and I ruined a great neck!
  4. JeremyBender


    Oct 22, 2001
    Thanks for the advice..

    Maybe I'll just save up and get the Jaco model.. I can't rely on my setup guy anymore.
  5. Well, that isn't secessarily true. It looks like a fretless maple J bass neck with ebony fingerbaord goes for $167, which doesn't sound that bad. You have to finish it or pay them around $50 to do so. Cutting the nut could be tricky, so you may want your local lutheir to do so. I'm sure it is a MUCH nicer neck than what would come standard on a MIM jazz anyway. The only problem is that now you are into the bass another $200 which you probably won't see much of when you sell it. Then again, if this is an instrument you plan on keeping for a while, it may be well worth it.

  6. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Why hasn't anyone suggested that he de-fret the neck he has now? Some of my fellow TalkBassers claim it's quite easy to do, with a minimum of effort. From what I've read, it's as simple as yanking the frets with a pliers, filling the slots with some wood putty and refinishing it. Ask around or try doing a search for "defretting."
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The hardest thing is filing the nut. If you feel you can do that, I'd go for it.

    I've seen some pretty bad de-frets in my day. :) It's a good idea if you feel comfortable doing it.

    The good thing about getting a Warmoth neck is if you can put the Fender MIM neck on eBay & make about $100-$125.

    As for spending money on parts, everything in on the MIM neck.