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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 70
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 8:11 pm:   Edit Post

Has anyone here ever heard of or had a 5 string Spoiler from the 80's neck thinned and tappered down? I believe it has a classic 2 to 2.5 inch taper. I would like to get the neck slimmed down to 1.75"ish nut width and have a thinner c shape profile.

Not sure it can be done on these Spoilers with the thick neck & dual truss rods without exposing the truss rods?
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11612
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 4:53 pm:   Edit Post

I would imagine that Mica would know if it can be done.
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Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 147
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 - 5:39 pm:   Edit Post

That's only about an 1/8" off either side at the nut, even less further down. I doubt if exposing the truss rods would be an issue from a width standpoint. The depth of the rods in the Spoiler neck may be another thing. Mica the Wise will know.

Bearing in mind, I wouldn't do it... but speaking purely hypothetically -if someone asked me to do this and I couldn't talk them out of it- in order to do this cleanly/correctly, I would first de-fret the bass, then mark it *carefully* before reaching for a rasp, re-fretting afterward. Also, would need to address the string spacing at the nut, and possibly the bridge.

Or you could just send that big ol' wide-necked beauty to live with me and my 5-string Persuader... DOH!!! =)
Username: moongerm

Post Number: 72
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 7:54 am:   Edit Post

Hi Ed, Yes for sure it would be a bit of labor.
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5933
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 9:27 am:   Edit Post

I had the neck shaved down on my '76 Series 1 guitar. I had it changed from a "D" shape to more of a "C" shape, but I didn't change the width at all. I must admit it was a bit disconcerting to watch Bob clamp down my guitar, face down, and take a plane to the back of the neck. Yikes! Turned out very nicely.

Bill, tgo

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