Why is it called "bolt on neck" when they all use...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by longfinger, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. Screw-on neck, yes, sign me up.

    16 vote(s)
  2. Bolt-on sounds better, even though they are screws..

    99 vote(s)
  3. What's the difference again between a screw and a bolt?

    12 vote(s)
  4. Less "talk bass" more "play bass".

    84 vote(s)
  1. For those who are interested, (and who haven't already checked Wikipedia), here is some information to muddy the waters. They do quote part of the Machinery Handbook which I tried to paraphrase from memory in a previous post.

    The artical does confirm the ambiguity others here have found in the terminology.

    Screw - Wikipedia
  2. tjh


    Mar 22, 2006
    "Why is it called "bolt on neck" when all these types of builds have screws?"

    ... for a similar reason that 'machine heads' are almost always referred to as 'tuners' ...

    ... and the gasoline 'engine' in your car is often referred to as a 'motor' ...

    ... etc., etc.

    It gets the point across in everyday speech, and is accepted as a general replacement without going into a great deal of detail ...

    .. or something like that .. kinda, sorta ... ;)
  3. The projectile launched by a crossbow is called a bolt, or a quarrel.

    One on-line dictionary defines quarrel as:

    An angry argument or disagreement, typically between people who are usually on good terms.

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  4. toomanyslurpees


    Jan 21, 2009
    Why do they call them fingers but I never see them 'fing'?
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Ah crap. Who let the engineers in here? They always throw definitions and facts and crap into a perfectly good sarcastic conversation.

  6. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Owner, John Fox Bass Inactive Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    Dealer for Adamovic, Alleva-Coppolo, Bergantino, Dingwall, Richter, Skjold
    If you people start screwing around with the names of my basses, I'm bolting!
  7. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
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  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Thank you for bringing it back TB style. :thumbsup:
  9. AcridSaint

    AcridSaint ベーシスト Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    I don't play well.
    Screw-on neck means that the neck itself is threaded and screwed onto the bass. Bolt-on makes sense although it doesn't use bolts, because it's an attached part. And I don't know why I even answered this thread :D
  10. All of my basses have screw off necks.

    Can anyone recommend a bass with a bayonet mount neck?

    I once did a show with a keyboard player who we asked to sit in with us, and he objected to playing the song Why Dont We Get Drunk (And Screw), because his mother was in the audience.

    Maybe she was an engineer, and would have objected to our improper use of the terminology.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2017
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  11. packrat

    packrat Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2017
    Sydney, Australia
    And then we can have a Nikon vs canon argument about mount suze and direction!
  12. phephron

    phephron Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004

    What the heck is wrong with bubble gum, spit and duct tape. Those three items when mated proportionally makes anything rock solid.
    Bolts, we don’t need no stinking bolts.
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  13. phephron

    phephron Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Speaking of moms...
    There was a great video short I saw a while back -
    Two guys are sitting around arguing what the piece of real estate that is between the scrotum and the anus.
    As they are arguing, Mom comes in and one of the boys says “lets ask Mom, she’ll know. ‘

    “Mom, whats that thing called between the a$$hole and the ball sac?”

    She looks at the two of them, looks at what is between them and replies “The coffee table.”
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  14. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Let's not get into the cross definitions of a quiver.
  15. Relax a bit, it's slang.
  16. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!!

    Feb 10, 2008
  17. A lead screw is not the opposite of a lag screw. A ball screw is not what some may think it might be. An Archimedes screw is a water pump. An air screw is a propeller.

    I have to go now. It's time for me to bolt.
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  18. rocu


    Jan 28, 2015
    Missoula, MT
  19. navijaz

    navijaz Guest

    Sep 20, 2016
    Why do people order a "panini" when it should really be a "panino"?

    Why do people use the terms "conservative" and "liberal" as opposites and in a generally wrong sense?

    Why do they speak of the weight of something when they actually mean the mass?

  20. Ironbar

    Ironbar Inactive

    Aug 24, 2013
    Tigard, Oregon
    There wasn't a vote for "Don't give a darn"
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