Fender Neck Replacement

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  1. wesley7777

    wesley7777 TDPRI Member

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    Hey All,

    I am looking to replace the neck on my Fender Telecaster with something that is a little more chunky. I was looking at this neck here:

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...telecaster-replacement-neck-maple-fingerboard

    I tend to prefer the feeling of Nitro necks, which this is, but without being able to feel it or play it before hand I am having a hard time paying this for this neck as it seems a little high. Has anyone used this neck or have an opinion on it or something else that would be better?

    Thanks
    Christopher
     
  2. EspyHop

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    There are less expensive nitro necks, like Allparts.
     
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    That’s what I paid for a fender nitro finished neck

    It’s one of my favorites and required no fret work

    If you want a “real” fender neck that’s what they go for

    If you go with all parts it WILL need fret work
     
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    That's a tough one because necks are so subjective. If it doesn't feel right, it's a deal breaker. This is strange because it's a fat U shaped neck with a modern 9.5" radius. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the 50's necks were 7.25". I would call Sweetwater and ask if you can return it if you don't like the feel. You should be able to figure it out right away.
     
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    You can design exactly what you want at Musikraft rather than settle for the closest thing Fender has. You'll get a Fender licensed neck of the highest quality.
     
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    That seems like a good choice, only thing better might be the same with roasted maple.
     
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    Stewmac sell them and their licensed by Fender, decals also .Mighty Mite fit perfectly and I've used them for years. Even has diags. of the shape of the neck and dimensions. Perfect fit if pocket is routed right.
    Also cheapest around as far as i know.
     
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    Wow, that's a lot of loot for a neck. They throw in a free guitar?

    I have a couple Warmoth necks. I like them because I can customize nut width, radius, back profile, dots, truss rod....everything. I buy them from their in stock section where I can see the actual neck I'm buying. Oh, and I like the fact that I can get stainless steel frets for just another 30 bucks.
     
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    I'd like to suggest buying an Allparts TMO-FAT and buy it through one of the TDPRI luthier guys. They can do a real nice job on the machines, the nut and the fret level crown and polish and their "net" price might be something like the "list" price shown in the catalog - or maybe less. Then you can sand the back of the neck down to "your" thickness, and shoot as much finish on there, yourself, as you like - or just use a wipe on finish.

    Don't use Stratosphere. Complaints about them, and just knowing they sell the "cast offs", should be enough to say.
     
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    I would like to offer just a tiny warning:
    I have exchanged many necks on many Strat bodies; some work, some work great, and others do not work at all. Any time I attempt to mate a non-original neck/body combination, I pretty much just tell myself it aint gonna work, because I have seen the negative results, too many times, and I don't want to set myself up for disappointment.
    Don't get me wrong; some combinations work fantastic, right off the bat but all too often the results leave something, or more, to be desired.
    I guess the short story version, or maybe better, the Cliff Note version is, it's a crap shoot.
    You have been warned. ;)
    I assume Teles would be about the same ..................


    EDIT: Just saw the price for the Tele replacement neck = 7 C note$ :eek:
    I just had a f***ing heart attack ...................
     
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    My thoughts exactly and if you're the kind of guy who isn't an expert in setups, then you may as well add another C note for the fret level and setup to make it worthwhile... :confused:
     
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    My Allparts neck didn’t need anything other than a nut.

    But, even if it needed fret work, the price of the neck, fret work, and bone nut would still be about half the price of the US Fender neck. Keep in mind these are the same necks they use on MIJ Fender branded guitars.
     
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    I've played some american original tele's and they have great necks. That neck would make your guitar.
     
  16. wesley7777

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    Yup that is exactly what I am afraid of, especially with the price of the Fender neck...
     
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    What are the specs on the neck you have now... thickness at 1st and 12th, radius, and profile?
     
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    While I did have a problem with an EJ case I bought from them, I never had a problem with Baja & Jimmie Vaughan necks I bought from them.
     
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