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Jazz neck on a P Body??

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by PhatTele, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. PhatTele

    PhatTele Tele-Holic

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    Jun 3, 2003
    Richmond, VA
    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.

    Thnx
     
  2. graphs

    graphs Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 10, 2007
    Toronto
    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.
     
  3. tonewoods

    tonewoods Former Member

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    Jun 23, 2007
    Orcas Island, Washington
    I don't know how effortlessly these went together, but here ya go:


    [​IMG]
     
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  5. graphs

    graphs Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 10, 2007
    Toronto
    Very nice! I love those 70's jazz bass necks.
     
  6. aunchaki

    aunchaki Friend of Leo's

    Mar 12, 2006
    Central New York
    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).
     
  7. wnorcott

    wnorcott Tele-Holic

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    Sep 30, 2008
    New Hampshire, USA
    I have seen it done before.
     
  8. Zmatko

    Zmatko Tele-Meister

    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.
     
  9. djdeacon

    djdeacon Tele-Meister

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    Jun 21, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    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.
     
  10. 4mal

    4mal Friend of Leo's

    Mar 18, 2003
    The Gorge
    Yep. Works fine.
     
  11. Shoved BassVIII

    Shoved BassVIII Tele-Holic

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    Oct 29, 2007
    Lima Ohio
    Its the way it should be done
     
  12. marshman

    marshman Friend of Leo's

    Feb 1, 2007
    SE PA
    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.
     
  13. GuitarJonz

    GuitarJonz Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Central Mass.
    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.
     
  14. Old Cane

    Old Cane Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 7, 2007
    Murfreesboro, TN
    This is my favorite setup as well.
     
  15. PhatTele

    PhatTele Tele-Holic

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    Jun 3, 2003
    Richmond, VA
    Alright...thanks! I guess I can move ahead with confidence :D
     
  16. Vince a

    Vince a Tele-Holic

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    Feb 9, 2004
    Modesto, CA
    Just to add . . . Fender makes, advertises, and sells one with just that mod. I have one:

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Zmatko

    Zmatko Tele-Meister

    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. :cool:

    Still i am making one, n i feel enthusiastic.
     
  18. Shoved BassVIII

    Shoved BassVIII Tele-Holic

    755
    Oct 29, 2007
    Lima Ohio
    To each their own. for me its gotta be a J bass neck. Anything else feels funny.
     
  19. A.B.Negative

    A.B.Negative Friend of Leo's

    Aug 26, 2008
    Scotland
    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).
     
  20. superbadj

    superbadj Friend of Leo's

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    Mar 26, 2008
    roanoke, va
    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).

    Super combo.
     
  21. PhatTele

    PhatTele Tele-Holic

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    Jun 3, 2003
    Richmond, VA
    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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