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Warped Stingray neck.. what would you do?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NickFromNY, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. NickFromNY

    NickFromNY Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    i have a 96 stingray with maple neck. After years of abuse, the neck has warped and has a big ski jump jump. 3 different luthiers said the neck is toast. Truss rod is jacked full tight. This is 1 of 4 basses I have and one that’s i don’t use much these days. Here are my options as I see it..

    1. Contact MM and get a new neck, send in the damaged one, and pay $400 or so.
    2. Sell the bass as is, with full disclosure to the buyer
    3. Part the bass out

    I can live without it if I need to. What would you do?
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  2. Red Planet

    Red Planet Banned

    May 29, 2005
    I'm cranky in my old age.
    Usually a neck like that can be unfretted, planed, then refretted though the new neck option might be around the same pricing. They dont make luthiers like they used to .

    I would contact MM and ask what is the best route to go?
  3. NickFromNY

    NickFromNY Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    2 of the 3 suggested that but said a new neck would be less expensive
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  4. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Buy a status graphite replacement neck and win!
  5. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Is it a standard model StingRay?
    Used standards are 850 to 1000. Figure what you can get for the parted out items and go from there.
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  6. Badwater


    Jan 12, 2017
    Unless your're really attached to the bass, it may be time to let go, and seek another. There are many great basses out there to be had.
    EatS1stBassist and Aqualung60 like this.
  7. TheGreatSealof

    TheGreatSealof Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Deptford, NJ
    new neck. Rock on!
    EatS1stBassist and dfoehr like this.
  8. Option # 1

    I'd fix it and then decide if I want to part with it. You may find you like it more with the new neck and if you decide to sell, it will be worth a lot more used if it is perfect playing order.
    EatS1stBassist, dfoehr and Gabbs like this.
  9. murmur70


    May 3, 2017
    It's a Stingray! Call EBMM and get a new neck.
    andruca, dtyndall, tommyr01 and 2 others like this.
  10. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    Definitely get a new neck

    PS: This forum provides the ability to create polls
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  11. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie Supporting Member

    New neck!!!
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  12. Ampslut


    May 15, 2017
    Try this. What do you have to lose?

  13. Red Planet

    Red Planet Banned

    May 29, 2005
    I'm cranky in my old age.
    Yes that makes a good point. Perhaps one could remove the neck, loosen the truss rod, and clamp the neck so as it straightens out. It may even could be left overnight . Then tightened and replaced .
    EatS1stBassist and BOOG like this.
  14. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton My P doesn’t have flats or tort Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    I love my stingrays, so I'd make sure to get it working again.

    I'd probably try to find a neck on the used market first.
    Thumb n Fingers likes this.
  15. shodan


    Mar 23, 2005
    Central Midwest
    When you say "ski jump" are you referring to a hump where it joins the body? Or is there a back bow that covers the whole neck?

    If you have a true ski ramp, removing the fret board and planning the neck is the only cure.

    On the other hand, if you have an excessive amount of relief (back bow), Dan's method is something you should try. In the pic below I clamped the neck in reverse of how Dan did it, but it gets the same results. You'll notice the heat lamp. Heating the wood allows the fibers to move a little. I actually used a heat gun on this and then wrapped it in a couple of towels to slow down the cooling (thanks for that tip Chris!). Don't get it too hot! You'll notice a thermometer laying on the fret board. Good and warm to the touch is all that's needed. Don't take it until it's to hot to touch! Unwrapping it a day later, I could see the difference. Coincidentally, it continued to change for the next few days. 4 days later it was in a good playable range. I'll do it again because I want to defret this neck, so it need to be fairly flat.

    Don't be discouraged if it doesn't go as far as you want the first time. Give it a week or two to rest and do it again. And I do recommend taking it off the body to do this.

  16. As others said Status Neck. I really want a stingray with a status neck.
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  17. In Italy it would be cheaper to buy a new neck :)
  18. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
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    try these guys......
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  19. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Redding CA
    Option #4: Send the bass to me and never have to worry about it again.:D
  20. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    3 luthiers or 3 people that somehow repair guitars?
    BuffaloBill and Red Planet like this.

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