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Old January 7th, 2009, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jazz neck on a P Body??

Can a Jazz Bass neck drop fit onto a P-Bass body?

I know that in the guitar world Tele and Strat necks are not really interchangable (different heel shapes). Also, being new to basses, I don't know if Jazz basses and P-Basses have the same scale length or not. So, before I drop some $$ on a JB neck, I was wondering if it would even fit.

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Old January 7th, 2009, 05:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They do have the same scale length. I've seen a P neck on a J body before so I'm sure it's fine to switch them. I've never heard of a rounded/flat incompatibility like teles and strats.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 05:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know how effortlessly these went together, but here ya go:


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Old January 7th, 2009, 05:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Very nice! I love those 70's jazz bass necks.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is a common swap for those who prefer the narrower Jazz Bass neck, but like the simplicity and drop-dead THUMP of the Precision Bass. There should be no fitting issues (as between Strats and Teles).
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Old January 7th, 2009, 06:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have seen it done before.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 07:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This is a common swap for those who prefer the narrower Jazz Bass neck, but like the simplicity and drop-dead THUMP of the Precision Bass. There should be no fitting issues (as between Strats and Teles).
As he said, i'm assembling a p-body with a j neck right now, both from allparts and the fitting is just about there.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 09:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Fender used to make them that way. In old Fender catalogues, you'll find a special-order Precision listed with a "slim" neck. That's all it was. They were favoured by Carol Kaye, among others.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 09:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yep. Works fine.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 06:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Its the way it should be done
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Old January 8th, 2009, 11:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Just to be contrary, I've been playing a pretty wide-necked Rickenbacker for nearly 20 years and feel that a Jazz neck might actually be TOO thin at the nut. Don't get me wrong, I can play it, but it feels off somehow.

If you've already got the bits, go ahead and switch away, but if you haven't yet, slide out to a music store and find someplace to sit and play a jazz, unplugged, for a little while to determine if it really feels right.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 11:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Putting a J neck on a Pbass is a rather common mod, no issues, as both heels are round shaped, only the tele bass has the flat heel. As mentioned above, those who wanted a Jazz-like nut width could order an "A" neck from Fender, which had a 1.5" nut, like the Jazz bass. The standard P bass nut width was 1 11/16, known as a "B" width neck.
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This is my favorite setup as well.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Alright...thanks! I guess I can move ahead with confidence
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Old January 8th, 2009, 03:35 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Just to add . . . Fender makes, advertises, and sells one with just that mod. I have one:

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Old January 8th, 2009, 04:55 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Just to be contrary, I've been playing a pretty wide-necked Rickenbacker for nearly 20 years and feel that a Jazz neck might actually be TOO thin at the nut. Don't get me wrong, I can play it, but it feels off somehow.
That's pretty much my thought also, the slender feel just about goes to the thin side, i mean the single coils of a jazz bass have a thing to keep that sensitive sound but with a p-bass you can't imagine it that way, it's just thump! and honk! all the way.

Still i am making one, n i feel enthusiastic.
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To each their own. for me its gotta be a J bass neck. Anything else feels funny.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 07:38 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Just to add . . . Fender makes, advertises, and sells one with just that mod. I have one:

I have a Squier Precision which has a Jazz-width nut (and a Jazz pickup next to the bridge). It's about 10 years old, I think it's a Precision Special (my friend's borrowed so I can't check).
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Old January 9th, 2009, 10:55 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Yep, I have a P-bass Special.

J-neck. P-body. P/J pickup setup (one of each...p in the mid position, j at the bridge).

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Old January 10th, 2009, 01:03 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Re: P-Bass Special - Yup...I decided that, rather than throw more money at this parts bass, I should pick up one of those P-Bass Specials (found one last night...black w/silver anodized pickguard). It should be just the ticket. Thnx y'all!
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