Replacement neck for a Squire Paranormal?

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  1. John Frets

    John Frets TDPRI Member

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    I know little about Squiers. I very recently bought a Paranormal Offset Telecaster. I wanted to try out a telecaster in a jazzmaster body. I am looking for more comfort when playing seated. I like the guitar, but I think the neck might be too slim and narrow, and I am thinking about replacing it.

    I have two questions:

    Will the Squier’s neck pocket, neck plate, and four screw holes for attaching the neck be an exact match a good Fender or third party replacement neck?

    Is all the hardware on the Squier metric?​
     
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    In my experience MOST Squier bodies will take a Fender/Warmoth/All parts neck without an issue.
     
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    Sounds like you need a new body
     
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    The neck "should" fit. Any neck swap may require a few adjustments.

    Yes, parts will typically be metric on a Squier.

    I don't think I would bother putting an expensive neck on a Squier. In the long run, you would likely be better off by buying a new guitar that suits you. May even be a Squier with a neck you like.
     
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    Thank you all for your replies.

    I’m still seriously considering a replacement neck. Maybe I can sell the existing neck for a bargain price, too. I’m also boning up on doing proper setups.

    I like telecaster tone, but I think that I prefer the Jazzmaster body. Compared to a telecaster, its edges are rounder, and it has a forearm contour and a belly cut. Because of where its waist is in relation to the bridge, it puts my right arm more behind the bridge when I am sitting down. Because of all that, it is more comfortable.

    This Squier gave me a chance to try out the combination over a longer duration, and now I think it can provide a platform for an overhaul– neck, tuners, bridge, and probably pickups and maybe wiring sometime later.

    I also really like surf green.

    Anyone have recommendations for where to get a decent wider and chunkier neck with a radius around 9.5 inches? It doesn’t have to be finished.


    EDIT: Using the search utility, I have discovered that there are plenty of existing threads about where to get replacement necks. Still, if anyone wants to chime in, go ahead.
     
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    Love my paranormal tele and just got a set of Zex coils to make it happy. Last squire I had was awesome after I installed these and shielded the spaces. Super easy to do and big difference in sound but you have to want that “hollow” type of sound. I like it, others don’t. Matter of taste for sure. Love the way the jazz master sits on my leg as I play but haven’t really played with others in a year so we’ll see...
     
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    love the shape of the Jazz Master - nice curves - my neck is a thin C shape which i prefer to the beefier necks.
    i'm putting some mods on my Squire Paranormal Offset Telecaster. why not i say.
    ifn it's what you want - get it
    we are all doing this music thing - to quote FZ "... because it amuses me."
    so - amuse yourself some more.
    someone said in a post "... it's not the mods , it's the pedals."
     
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    I own a paranormal and the heel width is not the normal 2 3/16" It's real skinny at less than 2 1/8"
     
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