Weird issue with my ‘75 Precision Bass Neck

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by burpgun, Dec 26, 2019.

  1. burpgun

    burpgun

    Jun 29, 2015
    Hi there. I’ve got a maple neck 1975 Fender Precision Bass that’s been in my possession since 1992. The issue I have is that while I can get the action quite low on the D and G string, attempting to do likewise with the A and E strings produces buzzing, but only at the 12th fret. It plays low and fine everywhere else. This neck is all original and has had nothing done to the frets, probably in its 40 odds years of existence. It still plays pretty well but the action on the A and E strings needed to stop the buzzing is definitely higher, and something I’d like to avoid.

    A few years ago I’d taken the bass in for a setup at a Brooklyn shop and the guy working there said the neck was twisted and that’s what was causing the buzzing. If it is twisted, I can’t easily see it. His proposed remedy was pretty nuts: He wanted to strip the frets, sand down the fret board on the A/E string side, refret and re-tint the fretboard, which has a pretty sweet look given its age. This sounded like insane overkill. I few years back I had an Ovation Magnum with terrible bowing and a non-functional truss rod. Sent it to a guy in Texas who heated the neck and completely restored it. Said he could do the same with a twisted neck.

    So with all of that, what do you think I should do? Could a luthier do a little fretwork at the 12th position and get me the low action I want? Is something more serious called for? This is my forever bass and I’d like to get it back to tiptop shape.
     
  2. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Sounds like a twist, and it doesn't take much to cause a buzz. You might not be able to see it. The best remedy is sending the neck to warpedneck.com. You have to pay to ship it to them, $75 for the heat treatment, and then the return shipping. They were able to even get a ski jump out of a Warmoth fretless jazz neck I have. I was amazed!
     
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  3. burpgun

    burpgun

    Jun 29, 2015
    The warped neck guy fixed my Magnum and did a very good job with what had become a bad situation. I'd trust him to get the Precision neck sorted too, but it just gives me the willies thinking about removing the neck and shipping it given the sentimental value this instrument has for me now. But I'm definitely considering doing this.
     
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  4. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    I would check for levelness of the frets since it is often possible to have a perfectly payable instrument with a twist in the neck. Like these:

    Torzal Guitars
     
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  5. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I just had another one done, and he got that one fixed, too. He's just that good! He asks how much insurance you want on it for return shipping, and totally understands the risks of shipping.