warmoth vs. mighty mite

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bench, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. bench


    Dec 28, 2007

    I´m thinking about buying a replacement neck for my Jazz bass copy...

    On the warmoth homepage there are neck heel sizes:

    length 3 7/8", width 2 1/2", depth 5/8", which would fit my bass...

    The mighty mite necks are sold on ebay and are attractive becaus of the price..., see link:


    it says neck width 2 1/2" but also neck pocket 2 3/16"

    what does neck pocket mean in this context?? there shouldn´t be any differences as both are fender replacements...? I´m confused, :help:

  2. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    Both necks will fit in your bass. The Warmoth neck is a very high quality neck with steel reinforcement rods and a better truss rod. Unfortunately it is a few ounces heavier than the much lighter Mighty Mite, which is closer in quality to the Fender factory necks.

    I don't know what the 2 3/16" refers to. Try going to the Mighty Mite site and see if it makes any sense there. Also go to the Warmoth site. Somewhere there they give the dimensions for the neck pocket that their neck will fit. Oh, it looks like you've already done that. Ignore that last sentence.

    To sum up--both necks will fit. There is a big difference in price between the two. Part of the higher price of the Warmoth is reflected in higher quality of workmanship, materials, and design.

    They'll also feel a lot different to play. Take a look at the size of the frets used on both. Also check for any difference in the radius of the fingerboard. That'll change the feel also.

    The Warmoth neck is noted for being very stable and exibiting no dead spots. Being a more solid design it will have a slightly different sound.

    If I was just trying to improve a cheap bass that had a really bad neck, I'd go for the Mighty Mite. But, the existing neck you have may be okay and just need a fret dressing and proper setup. That would cost about what the Mighty mite would cost. But the Mighty Mite may also need a fret dressing and a good setup by a qualified tech to play as well as possible.
  3. bench


    Dec 28, 2007
    thanks. it´s more like i want a fretted neck to go with my fretless bass, but also want to keep the fretless neck...
    ...so i need another neck, no matter what.
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    If it helps, I think Mighty Mite parts come from the same factory that makes Cort instruments.
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  5. PawleeP


    Oct 8, 2012
    East Coast
    So mighty mite may be import?
  6. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Once upon a time, Mighty Mite was a U.S. company, but I don’t believe that’s been the case for the last two decades, at least.

    Jeez, way to pick up on a conversation that started eleven years ago. :eek:
    LkS likes this.
  7. LkS


    Oct 30, 2013
    EU, Slovakia
    That's what happens when you search for Talkbass topics through google and don't look on the date of the last post :D
  8. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    anyway yeah, think of warmoth as custom shop fender and mighty mite as squier
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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    As an update, warmoth offers necks that have graphite neck supports that are supposedly lightler.
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  10. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Yes, but the graphite is only offered due to demand. Warmoth recommends the steel rods. The weight difference isn't worth talking about.

    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    Good to know. I don't have any basses w/ warmoth parts, but I know they're top notch. I played a yamaha bass w/ a warmoth neck and loved it.
  12. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    I've owned both, Mighty Mite Strat neck, Warmoth Jazz bass neck. The Warmoth neck was immaculate, and the most stable wood neck I own, bought long before the newer versions with metal or graphite stiffeners, so that may be more marketing hype than necessity. The Mighty Mite was fine, developed a little fret sprout after the first year, a one time fix. As others have said, if its a backup or second string bass, get the MM, if its your #1 pride and joy, get the Warmoth. I think they give you more neck profile and nut width choices than MM too.
  13. thetragichero


    Jan 4, 2019
    this is exactly it. my experience comes from strat necks (although my main bass has a mighty mite neck). my warmoth strat neck and body are legit custom shop quality but i also paid almost a grand for them unfinished. i like the mighty mite strat neck on my jazzmaster (better than the mim fender neck it came on) but it's nowhere near the quality of my warmoth