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 Post subject: Question about MIJ necks
PostPosted: May 12th, 2017, 6:20 am 
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I wasn't sure where to post this question, so here it is.

I've got my eye on a MIJ '62RI Precision neck. As much as I love my Fender Am Std P, I'm just not a fan of the modern C profile. (Not the newest 2017 Am Pro model, but the previous Am Std circa 2015). It's too flat, IMO, and I think I'd prefer a rounder, vintage C 7-1/2" radius neck.

Does anybody have any experience swapping necks on a MIA Fender for a MIJ? Will it fit/work?


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 Post subject: Re: Question about MIJ necks
PostPosted: May 12th, 2017, 6:37 am 
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Not directly. But I've put a Warmoth neck on an MIJ Jazz body, and it all lined up fine. And Warmoth necks typically fit American Fenders so there's that.

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PostPosted: May 12th, 2017, 8:03 am 
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Should be ok, I've put an MIJ jazz neck on a AM Std body and it worked fine. Neck pockets should be lined up more or less the same.

I think the only thing I had to do was add a small shim for height, it seems like the MIJ bodys are slimmer and the neck pockets are a little more shallow than the US versions.


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PostPosted: May 12th, 2017, 6:44 pm 
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Honestly the japanese were probably cutting closer tolerances than american factories at that time. So I wouldn't worry.

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PostPosted: May 13th, 2017, 7:51 am 
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Thanks guys. I ordered it and they have a return policy, so hopefully it will work out fine. :)


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PostPosted: May 25th, 2017, 7:25 am 
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Just an update. I took the plunge and ordered the MIJ '62 P bass neck. It fit my Am Std P perfectly. Bad news is, while it was a beautiful, well made neck, I didn't like the neck profile. I was expecting a chunkier, beefier neck more in line with actual '62 P bass specs, and it was thinner than the Am Std neck, so I returned it.


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PostPosted: May 25th, 2017, 7:26 am 
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Well damn. Good to know it was a good fit for future reference though. Sorry it wasn't what you were looking for feel-wise.

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PostPosted: May 25th, 2017, 7:40 am 
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Are you looking specifically for a rosewood fretboard?
The 57RI's neck has a maple fretboard but to my experience it feels thicker than the 62RI and the American Standard.
Here's the 57:
https://reverb.com/item/5344457-lefty-v ... ssue-maple
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Now there's the MIJ 70's RI, I have no idea about this one:
https://reverb.com/item/4980618-lefty-f ... n-rosewood
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PostPosted: May 25th, 2017, 7:44 am 
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Yeah those maple '57s are like the business end of a baseball bat, but still strangely comfortable.

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PostPosted: May 25th, 2017, 6:13 pm 
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Thanks, Paulo.

I did see those two necks from Stratosphere, as that's the company I bought the '62 from. I am specifically looking for a rosewood neck. I am curious about that '70 neck, but they're not too specific in their descriptions of their necks other than indicating the radius.


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