Strat Neck replacement

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Leofender, Oct 17, 2021.

  1. Leofender

    Leofender Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    I don't know what is best....
    I have a Squire with a dud Neck. Do I replace it with a Genuine Fender or a licensed version.
    The rosewood WD looks really nice, it's half the price of the equivalent Fender.
    The Fender MEX Pau Ferro is the same cost as the WD.
    OR
    I could have the 1 faulty fret replaced on the neck I have.

    Photo shows the Black Squire in question, with the Scratchplate and pickups from my Player HSS... So it sounds great. It looks nice and with a nice new neck would play great too!
    What to do? IMG20211018121901.jpg
     
  2. 2aug82b

    2aug82b Strat-Talker

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    That neck looks good on it. What is dud about it? 1 fret? Fix er up
     
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  3. espyhop

    espyhop Strat-Talker

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    I'd take it to a tech. You'd be surprised. I've had two guitars that were brought back just from a neck adjustment and setup.

    However, if it doesn't work, Fender necks are certainly an option, as are Allparts, WD, Warmoth, and Mighty Mite.
     
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  4. ThreeChordWonder

    ThreeChordWonder Senior Stratmaster

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    Mighty Mite neck.

    $100 to $130 depending on spec.

    I've bought six of them this past year for DIY projects.
     
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  5. Leofender

    Leofender Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion and good advice...

    Dud Neck...
    I have fret buzz on B string on 2nd fret only. If I bend the string, it stops buzzing. I tried raising the bridge saddle, but realized it's futile.
    I then tried to pack paper under the string at the nut, to see if that would cure it... It's better, but not great.

    YES, I could pay to replace the fret. I think that the frets are so soft, and the rest would wear so quickly... the guitar has so little use it's shocking how quickly the Frets are wearing out!
    Frankly, the high cost of a complete fret job is not worth it! I am also led to believe that Squire necks are not very strong, and can't handle 10 guage string tension without bending...
    So yeah, my mind is kinda set on replacing the neck.
     
  6. ThreeChordWonder

    ThreeChordWonder Senior Stratmaster

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    Have you tried giving the offending fret a gentle whack with a plastic mallet? Worth a try...
     
  7. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Hold it. Stop. Throw out the anchor.

    - Is it set up properly? Relief, action, and intonation? That's the baseline to work from.
    - Try the @ThreeChordWonder suggestion, first. If that doesn't do it, then...
    - Just level and crown the frets. It may need only a light level around the 2nd fret and nothing else but a crown.
    - You don't need a refret to fix this.
    - You don't need another neck.

    Other thoughts.

    - What model Squier neck is it?
    - Why do you think the frets are soft? Are divots worn on multiple frets?
    - Whoever led you to believe "...Squire necks are not very strong, and can't handle 10 guage string tension without bending..." is utterly rong.
     
  8. uncle daddy

    uncle daddy Strat-O-Master

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    I recently bought a W D Music neck. The headstock shape is off, and too thick. Went back to Allparts, much better.
     
  9. Leofender

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    I decided to go ahead with the order of the Fender MEX neck.
    I went for the maple finish, which will look really nice against the black body.
    I'll post pictures on completion.
     
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  10. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    Your opinion I'm sorry to say is dead wrong. There is nothing inferior about a Squier neck, not the frets either. Your guitar just needs a fret level and crown to be at its best playing potential, and that costs much less than a whole new neck....
     
  11. Wound_Up

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    @Leofender

    Can't take 10s without bending? Who's been lying to you? And why haven't you spent any effort to at least try to confirm or deny this extremely far-fetched claim?

    They'll hold 10s and not bend as well as ANY neck made by Fender since the first day they opened the doors. Why on earth would you ever believe a claim that illogical? I'm flabbergasted that you didn't call BS as soon as you heard it, TBH.

    They're made of the same wood as every other maple neck Fender makes.

    I'd be willing to bet I could stand on any Squier neck just like this picture from the Fender factory. I can guarantee I don't weigh as much as that guy did. See that statement at the bottom? Fender wouldn't stake their name and reputation on a POS that would bend with 10s on it. Why that alone didn't ease your mind and prove the claim is BS is beyond me.

    Fender wouldn't put their name on something that crappy. Ever. They have a reputation for quality to uphold. Even on guitars made overseas. The Fender name is on and backing that guitar.

    And for the final fact: Jeff Healey played Squiers pretty much exclusively and played 10s & 11-56's on all of them. His necks never bent or broke under the stress.

    Even when SRV played Jeff's Squiers with 11-56s on them.

    Fender neck test.jpg
     
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  12. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    So just do it, you don't need to make up excuses or tell us about it.
     
  13. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    Just ordered a new car.. can't be doing with getting a puncture fixed in the oldie.. hassle! ;)
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Welcome back, long time no see. :D
     
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    Wound_Up CUSTOM USER TITLE Silver Member

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    I've been led to believe that model car will bend in half if everybody in the car wears their seat belt at the same time, so I'm buying something new! :D
     
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    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    Thanks mate.. I appreciate it.. had to take some time out.. lets just say 'musical differences'.. ha ha :D
     
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    Swapping a guitar neck in a guitar, is probably the more drastic change in feeling and tone, if you like your original neck go and repair it.
     
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  18. RadioFM74

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    …Or if you have to, be prepared to hear us tell you unanimously that it's rank madness to replace necks on a Squier guitar IN ANY CASE: the neck will cost you as much as the guitar or a good share thereof :D.

    Especially if the problem you have is likely just a set-up issue…
     
  19. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I understand completely. I hope the sanatorium was comfortable. This place just got worse while you were pampering yourself...o_O
     
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  20. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    Well I must say here that I've a Squire Classic Vibe 50s Tele, and I'm not being disingenuous when I say the neck on it is by far my favourite to play at this moment in time.. :thumb:
     
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