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Old 11-11-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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I might be being stupid, but..

i currently have 3 working basses. all yamaha rbx series i have a 170, a 270 and a 375. If i were to find a replacement neck for either the 170 or the 270, could i defret only the new neck and change it if and when i need to? its not really a case of could i, more of a 'should i?' is there anything detrimental that can happen due to somewhat frequent neck changes? i don't want to just defret one of the two incase it all goes wrong etc
hopefully i didn't ramble on and hopefully i'm not being as silly as i think i might be
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:58 PM   #2
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I might be a little drunk (no comma) but defretting is a really easy job that no one should be afraid of. Defretting, sanding, filling and sanding again is really easy though the varnishing stage requires a lot of patience and (as I recently found out) a dust free environment.

Defret the cheapest one and then buy a new neck if you think you ****ed it up.

Use flatwounds, then you don't need to give a **** about varnishing the neck.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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If I'm getting you correctly, you want to have an interchangeable neck? Or you just want to have an extra neck in case?
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:31 PM   #4
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spaz: i defretted my first bass and it was somewhat of a botch job, i ended up getting sand and other dirt under the laquer-y varnish stuff which made the g string completely unplayable past 7th fret and i don't wanna end up losing a working bass.
danjo: i was just thinking theoretically to have an interchangeable neck
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:58 PM   #5
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spaz: i defretted my first bass and it was somewhat of a botch job, i ended up getting sand and other dirt under the laquer-y varnish stuff...

How!?
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:20 PM   #6
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IN THEORY... You CAN have an interchangeable neck. But IMO it would be a pretty big hassle. Between changing strings, retuning, adjusting trussrod, tension and bridge position.

I'd get a cheap bass (like a Squier VM) and toy with it if you want to try fretless or other strange modifications.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:21 PM   #7
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i stopped concentrating and slightly dropped the neck onto my patio - was doing it outside.
needless to say i thought i'd just continue putting it on over the dirt and hope it would work.
sometimes i amaze myself with what i end up doing.

EDIT: if i could i'd buy a couple of cheap basses and fiddle with them endlessly but i'm out of space - and money.
i think what i'll do is save money and look for a 270f (though its now discontinued?)
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:57 PM   #8
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i think what i'll do is save money and look for a 270f (though its now discontinued?)


Why not sell the 170 to help finance the 270F. When one comes up, you're in a better position to jump on it. No real reason to keep the 170 with a better 4 & a 5 on hand.

Oh, I can see the possibility of frequent swapping of necks leading to the loosening of the screw holes in the neck pocket. Not right away, but down the line.
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