What would you do?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Frontman, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. Frontman

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    So, I have recently been gigging with a bass (I guess pigs can indeed fly), and have been playing a late 70’s Musicman Stingray. Unfortunately, the truss rod in the neck is broken, and is not an easy fix.

    I straightened the neck using heat and a jig I put together, and the neck is just about right, but I have to do the heat-and-adjust treatment every year. The only used replacement necks I have found are priced around $1000 or so, and even at this price they are not in great shape, most of them also seem to have broken truss rods. It’s a maple neck, no skunk stripe, so repairing the neck is probably not an option.

    But, I just picked up a beautiful Rosewood neck from a ‘78 Sabre. The neck has the same dimensions, and can be fitted easily, but the Sabre has a three screw neck plate instead of the six screw plate on the Stingray. It seems a shame to either drill out a nice Sabre neck, or an early Stingray body, and I am tempted to sell the Sabre neck and just “adjust” the Stingray’s neck as I have been doing.

    Any advice?
     
  2. RodeoTex

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    Seems like someone could scratch-build you a neck for a lot less than $1000. Just thinking out loud here.
     
  3. Fretting out

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    If anything I’d drill into the neck before the body , will be a less visible mod

    And it’s always reversible especially if you decide to sell the Sabre neck

    If you bought the neck for this purpose I’d use it, without a body it’s just a part and a players piece
     
  4. dogmeat

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    bear in mind I have not seen it, but seems to be a no brainer. fill the neck holes first,
    drill the neck to fit the body. (well... pilot holes). now it plays

    the other option is route the original neck for t-rod repair & stripe it.

    maybe do both...
     
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  5. Bassman8

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    Another vote for filling, drilling and using the Sabre neck. Post pics when you are done!
     
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  6. kodiakblair

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    Drill the neck and forget about it.
     
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  7. blowtorch

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    What would you do?
     
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  8. ranjam

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    Keep in mind the the rod snapped for a reason; likely the neck has a serious upbow. Me being me, and having nothing to lose; I'd try and remove the fingerboard and repair the truss rod while I plane the neck with a slight backbow. This assume it is snapped near the first fret, and not the spoke end. I've even gone more insane, and cut through the 3rd fret, and just removed the first three frets with the fingerboard. If you can remove the peened barrel nut, you should be OK. A new rod, if needed, can be threaded and installed. Or, you might lose less than 1/2" of the original rod.
    As I say, ya' got nothing to lose. If worse comes to worse, China will sell you a 5-string Stingray neck for $65. ;)
     
  9. Dismalhead

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    I understand your consternation because we're talking a really nice bass and neck here, but I agree with drilling the neck and leaving the body intact. I've plugged and redrilled a few necks, and IMO it's not that big of a deal. It certainly doesn't affect the playability or quality of the guitar. I wouldn't reject a guitar I was thinking of buying because of it.
     
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  10. brookdalebill

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    I’d just mount the neck you have to it, any rock on.
    Times a waistin’!
     
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  11. KCKC

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    In the words of Sarah Palin...

    Drill baby, drill!

    Drill the neck

    KC
     
  12. Obsessed

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    Yup, drill the neck if that is a viable option.
     
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