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Posted by Milan on January 30, 2001 at 21:56:13:

In Reply to: could twisted neck be fixed posted by Rudy Zulkarnaen on January 30, 2001 at 18:44:08:

: hi.. i have a '82 Ibanez Musician neck thru body, unfortunately with twisted neck.. i went to local luthiers and everyone told me to give up the instrument... but it's a great sounding bass and i don't wanna give up yet... so, is there any hope to fix this twisted neck?

: thanks

About 8 months ago, I bought a '71 Fender P-bass with a neck that resembled a twisty ski ramp. Fortunantely, I got it RREEAALLYYY cheap. there was no way to actually "fix" the neck per se, but I asked one of the luthiers that does some of my sillier projects what he though of planing the old maple board off, and the gluing a nice thick slab of ebony on as the new finger board. His evil grin in response suggested a willingness to experiment-Hell, it WAS already useless, why not try? The assumption I was working on was that the nack had twisted as much as it was going rather than try to "straighten" it...we would accept the twist as a given, plane the old board off and use the new ebony board as additional reinforcement to the new "trueness" of the neck. It worked like a charm. This is my main instrument now. I decided to go fretless with it, but there's no reason fret slots could not be cut and frets added. And I get to keep the cool headstock with the "vintage" looking "F" word on it!

First you have to decide you have nothing to lose. Second, be ready to spend from $200 to $400(mine cost $220, but I removed the neck from the body, defretted it, and reinstalled it myself, yours being a neck through will be more difficult to plane). Third find a good luthier who is nuts enough to be willing to experiment. If it goes well, you could end up with an old friend that's got a new lease on life!

Good luck!


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