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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / EJ Strat neck substitute?

geepee

Canada

Aug 22nd, 2016 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an EJ (2005) strat.

Is there any way of replacing the neck with a '62 RI style neck, either through Fender or via a 3rd party?


(This message was last edited by geepee at 07:58 PM, Aug 22nd, 2016)

Purple Valley
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Aug 22nd, 2016 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sure. If you want a Fender-made '62 RI neck, I think ebay or Reverb.com is the way to go.

You can also buy a new neck from Fender, but you're limited to what they offer. I think they only have one vintage-style rosewood board neck ($200). Not sure if the neck carve is exactly like the RI or not. I think it's pretty close, if not exact--a medium C shape.

I'm also pretty sure you can get a neck from Warmoth, or another 3rd party company, that will fit the bill. Warmoth is pretty good with answering questions if you call them, and there's a lot of information on their website.

I'm sure others will have more precise info, but that's a start.

Edit: OK, I realize that the $200 Fender vintage neck is MIM, so not equivalent to a USA RI. I'm also looking for others to chime in with opinions here.

Here's the link to the Fender neck page

(This message was last edited by Purple Valley at 12:14 AM, Aug 23rd, 2016)

geepee

Canada

Aug 22nd, 2016 10:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the reply and link.. I was expecting a resounding "no".

The EJ shows the Neck Plate as a 4-Bolt Custom.

I was reading this as it is a special fit joint (as in no "easy" swapping.

I love the 12" radius, so Warmoth may also be an option.

(This message was last edited by geepee at 12:16 AM, Aug 23rd, 2016)

Purple Valley
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Aug 22nd, 2016 10:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think the "Custom" just refers to the engraved logo on the plate.

Purple Valley
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Aug 22nd, 2016 10:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So, curious why you want to swap necks. I assumed it was because you didn't like the 12" radius.

The '62 is a 7.25". Very different.

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Aug 23rd, 2016 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep, it's a direct swap. However, the guitar will need a setup afterward due to differing neck geometry.

Even if you've never done a setup before, it's not that difficult. Use the correct tools; most are quite common:

- hex wrenches
- screwdrivers
- a measuring stick that reads in 64ths of an inch
- two feeler gauges: .020" and .012"

Read up on it and you're off to the races. If you need to modify the nut slots and you don't have access to nut files, don't try to cheat and use something else because you might booger the nut.

The 'cheepo nut files' available online are actually oxy/acetylene torch tip cleaners, and they do not work for anything other than cleaning goop from a nut slot.

This tool. NOT a nut file! Don't waste your $$.

geepee

Canada

Aug 23rd, 2016 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

@Purple - thanks for clarifying the "custom plate" ... I do like the 12" radius (I am a Gibson fan) but think I would like a more taper to the neck... and you're right, the 7.25" may be too curved - that is why I liked your suggestion of a Warmoth neck - I will definitely be looking at their site.

@Peegoo - thanks for the confirmation - I have a set of Stewart McDonald nut files (although never used them) so thanks for the heads up!

I have never done a neck but I think I would give it a go - Warmoth looks promising!



pombrio
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Aug 23rd, 2016 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I slapped a Jimmie Vaughan Strat neck on my Clapton Strat for awhile when I was contemplating med jumbo frets. It was a perfect swap.

Purple Valley
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Aug 23rd, 2016 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

geepee, you might like a compound radius neck from Warmoth or Fender. This would be 7.25" at the nut, and gradually taper to 12" up above the 12th fret.

Peegoo's right. Putting a different neck on an EJ most likely will require more adjustment at set-up than usual because the EJ headstock is constructed to have more of an angle to it than a typical Strat (more like a Gibson), thus avoiding the need for string trees.

geepee

Canada

Aug 23rd, 2016 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks all for the replies... Warmoth has a huge selection ... this will be a great fall project to take on.

(This message was last edited by geepee at 08:14 PM, Aug 23rd, 2016)

geepee

Canada

Aug 24th, 2016 08:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Now that Warmoth Wolfgang looks really interesting... had no clue about this profile..

Anyone?

Purple Valley
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Aug 25th, 2016 12:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try to find a local guitar store that has a Wolfgang, or almost any Ernie Ball/Music Man guitars (like the Axis, Luke, Silhouette, etc.). Hard to describe, but the phrase "it plays itself" comes to mind. Kind of the opposite of a Fender neck that makes you work a little. To me they are almost "too easy" to play, if that makes any sense. Then again, if it's good enough for Eddie and Steve Lukather, etc., maybe it's okay. I've never played a Warmoth Wolfgang carve--my experience is just playing EVH and Music Man (based on the EVH signature neck carve) guitars in the store. But I have always found these guitars easy to play to an almost frightening degree. Again, I'd love to hear other reports on this.

pombrio
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Aug 25th, 2016 05:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree with Purp. I have an EB/MM Silhouette Special HSS and the neck shape is so nice.

I still play like poo, but that neck makes it so much easier to play like poo.

:(

RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Sep 29th, 2016 06:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

geepee:

Just out of curiosity....why are you interested in replacing the neck on your EJ strat?

littleuch
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Sep 29th, 2016 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To my knowledge Warmoth's only compound radius is 10"-16".

Peegoo
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Sep 29th, 2016 09:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"why are you interested in replacing the neck on your EJ strat?"

Because my Johnson no worky.

xoxo,

geepee


RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Sep 29th, 2016 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegoo:

Whew!

Guess I'm a lucky man, then....

my Johnson worky just fine!!!

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