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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Volktar, Jul 9, 2019.
For sure - never know till it's in the mitts, but for $77 shipped, I just might.
Still would recommend a Warmoth boatneck regardless, as I think it’s a super comfortable neck. To call the profile chunky seems off base to me as chunky comes in in the shoulder. I have long fingers and tend to like smaller nut width and deeper profiles.
For reference, I’ve owned (and subsequently offloaded) Allparts chunky and Warmoth fatback necks. After buying a maple boatneck neck for my Tele, I fell in love with the profile and went on to order one for my Strat.
You really should try to get your hands on a Warmoth boatneck somehow. Calling all Warmoth owners! I know the trial and error routine only too well.
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The boats an actual hard V, only vaguely like a Baja. Bajas come up on eBay , usually 250- 300 $.
Personally I don't like a vee. I have had a Warmoth Boatneck and the pad of my thumb started hurting after playing it for a long-ish time. I like fat necks though and if I was going to get a Warmoth I would get a Fatback.
The Baja contour spreads my thumb open more than the Boat . W the Boat my hand is totally relaxed. Neither bothers my Carpel tunnel.
Bajas vary. My '14 is like a slightly bigger standard soft V. My '07 is much bigger. Both have roundness half way between the back and the fretboard I m considering sanding off to make more V ish. This slight variance from the true V is enough to hold my hand open; w the Boat that doesn't t happen.
BTW the Jimmy Vaughn Strat neck s about the same contour as a Baja.
Naturally, a Fender Baja neck is a great solution for someone looking for a Baja neck, but the post started trying to find out if there was a Warmoth neck profile that came close to a Baja Tele. Based on the latest post here, I sense that cost is a consideration?
Yes, could have asked for recommendations for cheaper alternatives to a Fender Baja neck but asked about Warmoth.
Apparently, a couple from Warmoth (~$175) may come close for some, but none are a match. Done?
Next, perhaps good time for a new post w the Reverb link asking if anyone has bought one of these $70 necks, and, if so, how close they come to a Fender Baja neck?
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I own a Baja, have a tele build using a Warmoth boatneck, and now have another tele build on the way using an allparts TMO-FAT chunky neck.
They are all different, but nice to the touch:
Baja has the softest V shape, approx. 0.92" at 1st fret to 1" at the 12th fret.
Allparts chunky: rounded C shape, 0.97" at 1st fret to 1" at the 12th fret.
Warmoth Boatneck: rounded V shape, 1" from 1st to 12th fret.
For the record, I have 2 strats that have the boatneck profile. The less-rounded shoulder shape helps with the thickness on the necks, compared to my #1 strat which uses the Fatback profile. That fatback neck makes anybody who picks it up go "WHOA".
One thing though, the Warmoth website states that the boatneck is suimilar to a vintage '52 tele reissue neck profile. I've played at least 3-4 '52 AVRIs and none of them have that neck profile. If anything, they have what most would call a 'medium C' profile.
Yes and no. While getting a similar product cheaper is always a great way to go - cost really isn't the issue here.
The thought process is that if I am gonna drop 300 for a baja neck, I could spend that same 300 at warmoth and get it EXACTLY how I want it and not get stuck with another maple bat. Maple is great, I just like dark woods better.
Have you considered a roasted maple boatneck? That's what I have on order. No finish required, and it's roughly half way between maple and rosewood in color.