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Re: Too much neck relief


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Posted by Milan on February 20, 2001 at 22:44:33:

In Reply to: Too much neck relief posted by funkmaster on February 20, 2001 at 20:46:15:

: Hey guys, I have the opportunity to get a '76 Fender P-Bass that with a little work might sound great. There are many little things about it that could be fixed and (many things I wouldn't want to fix!), but the neck has way too much relief (relief is an understatement - this thing is like a banana) giving a string height measured mid neck of almost 1/2". With that kind of action, this thing is impossible to play. I've adjusted the bridge as low as it will go and backed off the truss rod as far as it can go without any affect to the neck. I've even loosened the strings and this neck is still bent. What can be done to this thing to straighten it out? I can easily bend the neck to where it should be, but it won't stay there. If the action can be lowered, this is going to a be a great sounding bass! Your comments please.

: JTM


This is a touchy subject...the fix could be simple or expensive. When you say you backed off the truss rod, did you turn the nut counter-clockwise..thereby loosening the rod and possibly adding to the bow, or clockwise, which would straighten the neck if the rod is functioning properly.
Many older Fender basses suffer from over compressed wood under the truss rod adjustment nut. Adding a 1/16" washer between under the nut might help regain the lost adjustability. I've done this successfulyl several times.
Heat treatment may be another option.
Your best bet is to take the bass to a good luthier/guitar tech, and have him asess the situation. That can save you a bunch of time & money.
Finally, a replacement neck mat be the cheapest, most functional solution, especially if you're getting the Fender cheap.

Good luck!!


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