Do MIJ Donahue necks still come up for sale?

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  1. KokoTele

    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Hi, guys. It's been a while since I posted here, so forgive me if I've missed this...

    I'm looking for a MIJ JD Tele neck. These used to be on ebay and forum classifieds regularly, but I haven't seen any for sale lately. In fact, it seems that there are only a couple of the MIJ JD guitars available on reverb or ebay, and the prices are way on the high side.

    Many years ago I foolishly sold the neck from my JD Tele to get a replacement, and now I'd like to find the original again.
     
  2. Despres

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    Can't really answer your question, but I will chime in to say that I love the neck on my MIJ JD tele. I haven't tried tens of thousands of teles the way many on this forum seem to have tried, but it is the most comfortable neck shape I've played, fender or otherwise.
     
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    Before I started doing guitar work, I sent my neck (or maybe the whole guitar) off for a refret because I liked bigger frets, and he talked me into just doing a setup because he thought it played fine. Unfortunately, what felt good to him still didn't feel good to me, so I followed the conventional wisdom of the time and sold the neck to buy one with specs I wanted. After a lot of years and trying a lot of guitars, I've figured out what specs really feel best to me, and they're more like that original JD neck.

    I kinda want to put my old guitar back to the way it used to be.
     
  4. BobbyMac

    BobbyMac Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Good luck on finding a JD neck. These guitars have been out of production for many years so the usual online take-off parts sellers just don't have access to them like the old days.
     
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    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    They used to change hands regularly. I guess everyone that wanted one found one and decided to keep it :)
     
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    MIJ JD are fine guitars! I regret not having bought one when they were in production. The neck is a BIG part of it's appeal (as far as I'm concerned) : should I have one and decide to sell parts for whatever reson, the neck would be the last to go.
     
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    The JD neck is one of the finest that Fender ever produced.
    Is there an aftermarket neck with close to the same specs? :cool:
     
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    The Allparts TMO-V is close, but not quite as chunky.
     
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    Great feeling guitar, I have been looking for a backup for years. I saw one at the local GC a few months back that was beat to hell, still only lasted a few days on the floor.
    Best of luck finding one!
     
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    I was thinking the TMO-V was similar if not the same. They'll vary of course, with some being a little chunkier than others. That's become my standard/preferred neck for my Teles/Esquires. I have a bunch and really love them.

    Are you sure that the TMO-V isn't the exact same neck? The TMO-V is what was created for some mid-90s TL52s (I have a '96 TL52 and that's where I first ran across that amazing V shape), and obviously the JD body is like a TL62. I'm guessing (purely guessing) the guitar used those pieces: TL62 body, TL52 V neck (same as a TMO-V).

    Good luck in your search! To me the TMO-V is the best thing on the market aside from truly custom-cut necks.
     
  11. Rufustelestrats

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    Gc has Two used at the moment on the webpage
     
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    One of them is local to me, if the price drops again It's mine!
     
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    There are some old threads where people say that the MIJ JD neck is the same as the Allparts, but the JD is a bit thicker.
     
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