The fastest buy/sell shenanigan I’ve ever participated in, sentimental content

Tsjackson

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 15, 2016
1,673
UK
So to set the scene, a good friend of mine leant me his bass back in 2009 ish. Just a squier standard jazz bass. I used it a lot, went on tour, did a lot of gigs and recording. Between then and now we’ve both moved away and both got married and grown up.

At his wedding a few years ago I told him I still had his bass, I need to get it back to him! And he hasn’t been involved in music for 10+ years. Said don’t be silly, it’s yours. Asked can I look after it for him forever.

So that was cool, it’s not worth much if anything and not particularly special in any way other than he’s entrusted it to me and I’ve done a lot of cool stuff with it.

I got it out just before Christmas to do some recording and the headstock had pulled forward, presumably by the tension of the strings? It’s mad I’ve never seen anything like it. Up till now there had been a bit of a bend but it’s gotten a lot worse to the point that the A string is almost lifting out of the nut slot.

So a new neck is needed, I toyed with the idea of making one but I like the easy life. If I could get one for less than £100 I’d be happy to save the time and wear on my blades and cutters.

I kept an eye on eBay for a neck, or a bass to buy and part out, keeping the neck.

Last week a squier vintage modified precision bass PJ popped up with a proper fender molded hardcase for £300.

It showed up yesterday at around 2pm, and by 8pm the case and loaded body were sold.

The neck ended up costing me £60. Way better than I’d expected. I am fully aware that any normal person would’ve kept the new bass and just sold what was left of the original squier standard… but I feel as I’d been tasked with looking after it (even though, let’s face it he will probably never even see it again) I should keep the idea of his bass alive. Bit like triggers broom, 14 new handles and all that.

But I’m chuffed, new neck is great, got more than I expected for what I was selling and my (cals) bass is back in action.

And a 6 hour turn around is my new PB. 24 hours was probably my last record.

This is the bend on the headstock

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And here’s the bass and bits I sold

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Tsjackson

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 15, 2016
1,673
UK
Nice story, glad to hear you got a good new neck. That bow in the old neck is strange though, never seen that before!
Yeah it’s mad, I’ll take a photo of it on a flat surface to show just how bad it is…

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All I can think is that at some point in it’s time with me it was subjected to moisture and head at the same time for a long time…
 

Jimbo99

Senior Stratmaster
Jun 5, 2021
3,541
Palm Coast, FL
Almost looks like there's a gap where the Rosewood & Maple are glued together, like it pulled itself apart there, from nut to just past the 1st fret ?

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Tsjackson

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 15, 2016
1,673
UK
Almost looks like there's a gap where the Rosewood & Maple are glued together, like it pulled itself apart there nut to just past the 1st fret ?

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there is, I didn’t notice till I took the neck off, I guess the string tension was pulling the joint together? It was a long overdue replacement I think, glad it’s now playing nicely again
 

Tsjackson

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 15, 2016
1,673
UK
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This is the new neck on the OG body, I need to sort the pots out… last gig I played with it they were playing up and I didn’t have time to sort them out so I just ripped them out and went straight for the Jack…

This is me and that guitar in 2012, sounds like a load of noise now but at the time it was glorious fun haha.



I’ve only ever been on a proper tour twice, once drumming for a noise band and this was the other standing in on bass for some friends from college.

The week of this show is one I will remember fondly forever, I had the best time.
 

Jimbo99

Senior Stratmaster
Jun 5, 2021
3,541
Palm Coast, FL
there is, I didn’t notice till I took the neck off, I guess the string tension was pulling the joint together? It was a long overdue replacement I think, glad it’s now playing nicely again
Has me wondering if it can be glued & clamped to repaired without having to completely dismantle the fretboard from the neck. I mean it's good you have the guitar back & playing with the other neck, all you would be out is the wood glue and the effort for trying to repair it.
 

Tsjackson

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 15, 2016
1,673
UK
Has me wondering if it can be glued & clamped to repaired without having to completely dismantle the fretboard from the neck. I mean it's good you have the guitar back & playing with the other neck, all you would be out is the wood glue and the effort for trying to repair it.
I had thought about slowly over a few weeks clamping the headstock straight to my bench and then leaving it for a few months to see if it holds straight, could route a couple of channels in the back and glue in some strips of strong straight grained timber to strengthen it. and yes re gluing the fretboard should be pretty straightforward. It’s not worth me selling so I might as well have at it, see if it can be saved
 

Jimbo99

Senior Stratmaster
Jun 5, 2021
3,541
Palm Coast, FL
I had thought about slowly over a few weeks clamping the headstock straight to my bench and then leaving it for a few months to see if it holds straight, could route a couple of channels in the back and glue in some strips of strong straight grained timber to strengthen it. and yes re gluing the fretboard should be pretty straightforward. It’s not worth me selling so I might as well have at it, see if it can be saved
From the looks of it, it seems the part of the fretboard at the end is still attached, so I probably would loosen the truss rod to see if the gap lessened, even completely disappeared. Whether the fretboard could be pressed down to the rest of the neck. I fthat could be done, then force some glue into the gaps on both sides bass side & treble side, clamp & wipe it & hope for the best, hope it holds together after all that with a truss rod adjustment after it's had time for the glue to dry.
 

Tsjackson

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 15, 2016
1,673
UK
From the looks of it, it seems the part of the fretboard at the end is still attached, so I probably would loosen the truss rod to see if the gap lessened, even completely disappeared. Whether the fretboard could be pressed down to the rest of the neck. I fthat could be done, then force some glue into the gaps on both sides bass side & treble side, clamp & wipe it & hope for the best, hope it holds together after all that with a truss rod adjustment after it's had time for the glue to dry.
I’d not thought of letting off the truss rod, good shout cheers
 
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