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The Warmoth SSB Warhead short scale bass neck offers an easy playing experience with superlative tone and vibe. It is available in both 30 and 32 inch scale lengths. The lower string tension and shorter reach make it a breeze to play. Fret hand position is super comfortable, and it is easy on shoulders and backs. Warmoth SSB necks are built with all the craftsmanship and attention to detail Warmoth is famous for.

  • Classic 4-in-line headstock configuration.
  • Shortened reach aids balance and comfort.
  • Shortened distance between frets and lower string tension for quick, easy fretting.
  • Available in both 30 and 32 inch scales, interchangeable on Warmoth SSB bodies.
  • More similar to guitar in weight and feel than long scale necks.
  • Double-expanding truss rod for great stability.
  • Your choice of fret size and material, or fretless.
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What Customers Are Saying

"I like mine! It is very comfortable to play, and even though it is 30" I don't have any trouble with string tension. The Warmoth doesn't actually feel all that different from the 34" I used to have. The whole thing feels very solid and it has better snap and more high end than you would think you could get out of a little bass like that. Sound wise, it is very versatile and balanced. "

- hannaugh (Chino, CA)

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What The Press Is Saying

"With both necks the bass was remarkably easy to play, and it balanced very well both strapped and lapped. View Article "

- Bass Player Magazine

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SSB Warhead Bass Necks

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Compatibility Information: Warmoth Short Scale bodies and necks are designed to work with each other only. We cannot guarantee compatibility with any other manufacturer.

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Will It Fit?

When customizing a bolt-on instrument a proper fit between body and neck is essential. This section contains the information you need to be confident your parts will be compatible.

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Neck Dimensions

The bolt-on electric bass neck was pioneered by Fender® in the 1960's. Today Fender® and many other manufacturers still use Fender's® original neck and neck-pocket dimensions. They are not universal, however. Even among Fender® products neck/body mismatches are possible if care is not taken. Accurate measurement is the only way to ensure compatibility of parts.

All Warmoth parts are built to USA Fender's® original/vintage neck-heel and neck-pocket dimensions, except when noted. The critical dimensions for SSB Warhead necks are shown below:

Warmoth Neck Pockets

Warmoth Short Scale Bass neck heels and neck pockets are always a perfect with each other, but are not compatible with any other brands or manufacturers. Dimensions are shown below:

SSB Neck Pocket

Will It Fit My Body?

An SSB neck installed in an SSB neck pocket results in a good fit.

Neck Construction

Warmoth necks are made using only the best materials, processes, and crafstmaship. This neck utilizes:

  • Short Scale Bass Construction
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Short Scale Bass Construction

At the heart of every SSB bass neck is Warmoth's double-expanding truss rod. It is installed in a flat slot directly under the fingerboard and consists of two long shafts which are welded together at the headstock end of the neck. At the other end a tube is welded to the top shaft. The bottom shaft passes through the tube and ends with a threaded adjustment nut that is accessible through an opening at the heel.

As the adjustment nut is tightened it draws the bottom shaft outward and pushes inward on the tube attached to the top shaft. This pressure forces the rod upwards in the middle and downwards at the ends. As the adjustment nut is loosened the neck relaxes back towards its neutral position.

The Warmoth Double Expanding truss rod gives you:

  • Extreme stability that almost never needs adjusting.
  • Increased mass for long sustain and no dead spots.
  • A neck that won't distort over time due to inward pressure on the neck wood.

Fingerboard Slab

SSB Warhead necks use a standard 1/4” fingerboard slab, and are the standard 1” thickness at the heel.

Scale Length

Scale length will effect fret spacing and overall reach distance. Warmoth offers two SSB scale lengths, which are interchangeable with each other on Warmoth SSB bodies. Warmoth SSB scale length options include:

  • 32"
  • 30"
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30" Scale Length

  • 20 frets
  • Shortest reach available in a bass neck for arm, shoulder, and wrist comfort.
  • Shortest distance between frets and lowest string tension for easy and quick fretting.
  • Bass neck most similar to guitar in weight and feel.
  • Typically the lowest weight bass neck.
  • Rich, full tone.
  • Interchangeable with 32" necks on Warmoth SSB bodies.

Compatibility Information: Warmoth 30" scale necks are not designed as retrofit parts for any other manufacturer. They are designed to fit our short scale bodies ONLY.

32" Scale Length

  • 21 frets
  • Shorter reach for easy fretting and great balance on a strap.
  • Shortened distance between frets and lower string tension for quicker playing and soft sliding.
  • More similar in weight and feel to a guitar than 34" bass necks.
  • Typically lighter than 34" scale basses.
  • Rich, full tone.
  • Interchangeable with 30" necks on Warmoth SSB bodies.

Compatibility Information: Warmoth 32" scale necks are not designed as retrofit parts for any other manufacturer. They are designed to fit our short scale bodies ONLY.

Neck Woods

Neck wood effects feel, tone, weight, and balance. SSB neck wood options include:

  • Bubinga
  • Goncalo Alves
  • Bloodwood
  • Indian Rosewood
  • 3A Flame Maple
  • Padouk
  • Purpleheart
  • Wenge
  • Maple
  • Roasted Maple
  • Birdseye Maple
  • 3A Birdseye Maple
  • Flame Maple
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Maple

Appearance: White, with light grain patterns.

Tone: Bright, with a good bite and nice sustain.

Weight: Medium

Finish: Required. Dense, closed grain is easy to finish.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

This is the Fender® Company’s traditional neck wood, and also a very popular fingerboard wood. Most often flatsawn, but also available quartersawn upon request.

Tone-O-Meter™

$180.00

Roasted Maple

Appearance: Caramel with darker grain patterns.

Tone: Bright, with a good bite and nice sustain.

Weight: Medium

Finish: No finish is required.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

Roasted Maple is maple that has been heat treated to remove sugars, moisture, and other impurities that can affect its stability. The result is a neck that is slightly lighter than normal and extremely stable.

Tone-O-Meter™

$220.00

Birdseye Maple

Appearance: White, with small circular grain patterns.

Tone: Bright, with a good bite and attack that isn’t brittle.

Weight: Medium

Finish: Required. Dense, closed grain is easy to finish. Looks great with clear gloss.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

Birdseye is a type of figure found in hard maple. It shows best in flat sawn wood. The distinctive “eye” figuring varies widely in size and shape.

Tone-O-Meter™

$216.00

3A Birdseye Maple

Appearance: White, with small circular grain patterns.

Tone: Bright, with a good bite and attack that isn’t brittle.

Weight: Medium

Finish: Required. Dense, closed grain is easy to finish. Looks great with clear gloss.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

Birdseye is a type of figure found in hard maple. Birdseye blanks with a "AAA"designation are unusually highly figured and extremely beautiful.

Tone-O-Meter™

$380.00

Flame Maple

Appearance: White, with distinctive striped grain patterns.

Tone: Bright, with a good bite and attack that isn’t brittle.

Weight: Medium

Finish: Required. Dense, closed grain is easy to finish. Looks best with clear gloss.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

While there are several maple species that show the flame figure, the only one hard enough for making necks is Acer saccharum. A different species of Flame Maple is used for body laminate tops.

Tone-O-Meter™

$260.00

3A Flame Maple

Appearance: White, with especially vivid striped grain patterns.

Tone: Bright, with a good bite and attack that isn’t brittle.

Weight: Medium

Finish: Required. Dense, closed grain is easy to finish. Looks best with clear gloss.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

While there are several maple species that show the flame figure, the only one hard enough for making necks is Acer saccharum. Blanks with a "AAA"designation are unusually highly figured and extremely beautiful.

Tone-O-Meter™

$380.00

Padouk

Appearance: Bright vivid red, which oxidizes to a warm brown with use.

Tone: Well balanced and tight - similar to Maple.

Weight: Medium

Finish: No finish is required.

Feel: Waxy and textured, but not as coarse as Wenge.

Padouk is a great choice for those wanting the sound of Maple, but the feel of an unfinished neck and a more exotic look.

Tone-O-Meter™

$260.00

Purpleheart

Appearance: A deep eggplant purple that wears towards purplish-brown.

Tone: Thick, well-defined bottom with great sustain.

Weight: Medium

Finish: No finish required.

Feel: Slightly satiny in texture.

A good option for those wanting the tone of Bubinga but a more exotic color or a slightly softer feel.

Tone-O-Meter™

$260.00

Wenge

Appearance: Chocolate brown with black stripes and a straight, coarse grain.

Tone: Strong midrange with warm lows.

Weight: Medium

Finish: No finish is required.

Feel: Coarse, but with less finger drag than some tighter-grained woods.

Favored by both bassists and guitarists for its punchy midrange. Works well with an ebony fingerboard for added highs or Brazilian Rosewood for a nice rounded upper tone.

Tone-O-Meter™

$260.00

Bubinga

Appearance: A straight, fine grain that is reddish, with darker streaks.

Tone: Bright midrange and a thick, well defined bottom.

Weight: Heavy

Finish: No finish is required.

Feel: Hard and smooth, similar to Maple.

Bubinga is a very stiff, strong, and stable wood long used by Rickenbacker for fingerboards.

Tone-O-Meter™

$260.00

Goncalo Alves

Appearance: Tan with dark brown stripes.

Tone: Articulate, clean, and warm.

Weight: Heavy

Finish: No finish is required.

Feel: Dense, woody texture and slightly waxy.

Goncalo Alves is valued for its overall well balanced tone and great looks. Primarily used as a neck wood, it mates well with Pau Ferro or Ebony fingerboards.

Tone-O-Meter™

$260.00

Bloodwood

Appearance: Dark red with a very tight grain pattern.

Tone: Brilliant highs with extended sustain.

Weight: Heavy

Finish: No finish required.

Feel: Hard and smooth like Maple or Bubinga, but just a bit waxy.

A very dense, hard, tropical wood almost like Ebony.

Tone-O-Meter™

$260.00

Indian Rosewood

Appearance: Deep shades of brown, with a rich, thick grain.

Tone: Big and warm, with a smooth high end roll off.

Weight: Heavy

Finish: Not required.

Feel: Smooth and lightly waxy. Not as smooth or hard as Ebony.

The most popular fingerboard wood, favored for its warm tone, beautiful look, and buttery feel. Rosewood can also sometimes contain hues of purple, yellow, orange, or green.

Tone-O-Meter™

$360.00

Fingerboard Wood Choices

Warmoth offers a wide range of Fingerboard wood for the look and feel you desire. Options include:

  • Ebony
  • Ziricote
  • Matching Maple
  • Wenge
  • Purpleheart
  • Bloodwood
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Pau Ferro
  • Bubinga
  • Goncalo Alves
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Matching Maple Fingerboard

Maple

Appearance: White, with light grain patterns.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

This is the Fender® Company’s traditional neck wood, and also a very popular fingerboard wood. Most often flatsawn, but also available quartersawn upon request.

$0.00

Birdseye Maple

Appearance: White, with small circular grain patterns.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

Birdseye is a type of figure found in hard maple. It shows best in flat sawn wood. The distinctive “eye” figuring varies widely in size and shape.

$0.00

3A Birdseye Maple

Appearance: White, with small circular grain patterns.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

Birdseye is a type of figure found in hard maple. Birdseye blanks with a "AAA"designation are unusually highly figured and extremely beautiful.

$0.00

Flame Maple

Appearance: White, with distinctive striped grain patterns.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

While there are several maple species that show the flame figure, the only one hard enough for making necks is Acer saccharum. A different species of Flame Maple is used for body laminate tops.

$0.00

3A Flame Maple

Appearance: White, with especially vivid striped grain patterns.

Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

While there are several maple species that show the flame figure, the only one hard enough for making necks is Acer saccharum. Blanks with a "AAA"designation are unusually highly figured and extremely beautiful.

$0.00

Compatibility Information: When ordering a matching Maple Fingerboard you may only select the same variety and grade of wood as your Neck Wood selection.

Indian Rosewood

Appearance: Deep shades of brown, with a rich, thick grain.

Feel: Smooth and lightly waxy. Not as smooth or hard as Ebony.

The most popular fingerboard wood, favored for its warm tone, beautiful look, and buttery feel. Rosewood can also sometimes contain hues of purple, yellow, orange, or green.

$0.00

Pau Ferro

Appearance: Light tan to a dark coffee, usually with darker figuring.

Feel: Fast and smooth, similar to Maple.

Pau Ferro’s feel, tone, and extreme durability make it the favored fingerboard wood for many guitarists, most notably Stevie Ray Vaughn. Also an excellent choice for fretless fingerboards.

$20.00

Bubinga

Appearance: A straight, fine grain that is reddish, with darker streaks.

Feel: Hard and smooth, similar to Maple.

Bubinga is a very stiff, strong, and stable wood long used by Rickenbacker for fingerboards.

$35.00

Goncalo Alves

Appearance: Tan with dark brown stripes.

Feel: Dense, woody texture and slightly waxy.

Goncalo Alves is valued for its overall well balanced tone and great looks. Primarily used as a neck wood, it mates well with Pau Ferro or Ebony fingerboards.

$35.00

Wenge

Appearance: Chocolate brown with black stripes and a straight, coarse grain.

Feel: Coarse, but with less finger drag than some tighter-grained woods.

Favored by both bassists and guitarists for its punchy midrange. Works well with an ebony fingerboard for added highs or Brazilian Rosewood for a nice rounded upper tone.

$35.00

Purpleheart

Appearance: A deep eggplant purple that wears towards purplish-brown.

Feel: Slightly satiny in texture.

A good option for those wanting the tone of Bubinga but a more exotic color or a slightly softer feel.

$35.00

Bloodwood

Appearance: Dark red with a very tight grain pattern.

Feel: Hard and smooth like Maple or Bubinga, but just a bit waxy.

A very dense, hard, tropical wood almost like Ebony.

$35.00

Ebony

Appearance: Black, often with chocolate brown or dark gray streaks.

Feel: Very hard, smooth, and fast.

Ebony has a long history as a preferred fingerboard wood. An excellent choice for fretless necks.

$45.00

Ziricote

Appearance: Dark gray to brown to black, with gorgeous striping or “spider web” grain patterns.

Feel: Hard and smooth, similar to Ebony with a bit more texture.

This wood is similar to ebony in weight and density, while the tone is often compared to Brazilian Rosewood. Limited availability.

$65.00

Unique Choice Fingerboards

Browse our current stock of exotic and high grade Fingerboard blanks and reserve one for your instrument. Each is beautifully figured and inherently unique, offering you the chance to create a one-of-a-kind bass that is as satisfying to look at as it is to play.

    Unique Choice Fingerboards are availble. Please call us for details.

    Neck Back Contours

    "Neck Contour" refers to the grip shape and thickness of the back of a neck, both of which play a big role in hand comfort and ease of fretting. Neck Contour options for the SSB Warhead neck include:

    Standard Contours

    • Short Scale Contour
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    Standard Contours

    Short Scale Contour

    The SSB Neck Contour is a comfortable and quick-fretting shape that feels familiar to most players. Compared to the modern J-Bass® "C" shape it is the same width at the nut, but just a bit thinner front to back. The contour is identical on SSB 30" and 32" scale necks.

    • Average thickness at 1st fret = .820" (21mm)
    • Average thickness at 12th fret = .960" (24mm)

    Nut Width

    The width of the neck at the nut effects string spacing and playability along the entire neck. Nut Width options include:

      • 1-1/2" (38mm)
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      1-1/2" (38mm) Nut Width

      • Narrow nut width for quick, comfortable playing
      • Vintage Fender® spec, standard for the 4-string J Bass®
      • Most popular bass nut width
      Nut Width

      String Nut

      A properly cut nut improves tuning stability and action along the entire neck. For a small charge we will install and cut your nut for you, ensuring your bass will play its best. The following materials are available:

      • Black Corian - Standard Nut
      • White Corian - Standard Nut
      • GraphTech Black TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
      • GraphTech White TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
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      Precut & Installed Nuts

      We have built a system for precision cutting nuts to fit our necks. The cutting and shaping is done by a bench top CNC mill. Every nut is custom cut to the specific neck dimensions with the result being a nearly perfect nut, compensated for fret height, nut width, fingerboard radius, etc. Nuts must be ordered at the same time as the neck to ensure compatibility.

      Bass nuts are cut to accommodate standard guage string sets:

      • 4-string guage set size .105-.045
      GraphTech Black TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
      Precut & Installed $30

      GraphTech Black TUSQ XL - Standard Nut

      Characteristics: Extremely low friction - improves tuning stability.

      Tone: More harmonically rich than bone, with longer sustain.

      Workability: Cuts and shapes easily.

      TUSQ XL nuts have better consistency than bone, with no soft spots to create uneven response from string to string. They are also impregnated with Teflon, which is 500% more slippery than graphite.

      GraphTech White TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
      Precut & Installed $30

      GraphTech White TUSQ XL - Standard Nut

      Characteristics: Extremely low friction - improves tuning stability.

      Tone: More harmonically rich than bone, with longer sustain.

      Workability: Cuts and shapes easily.

      TUSQ XL nuts have better consistency than bone, with no soft spots to create uneven response from string to string. They are also impregnated with Teflon, which is 500% more slippery than graphite.

      Black Corian - Standard Nut
      Precut & Installed $25

      Black Corian - Standard Nut

      Characteristics: Hard synthetic material.

      Tone: Balanced, clear, and even.

      Workability: Cuts slowly but evenly.

      White Corian - Standard Nut
      Precut & Installed $25

      White Corian - Standard Nut

      Characteristics: Hard synthetic material.

      Tone: Balanced, clear, and even.

      Workability: Cuts slowly but evenly.

      Inlay & Side Dots Options

      Fingerboard markers are available in a range of materials and styles. Cream face dots and white side dots are standard on dark fingerboards. Black face dots and side dots are standard on Maple. Inlay options for this neck include:

      • Blocks
      • Dots
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      Start with an image selection of fingerboard wood, fret material, and binding. Choose an inlay shape and inlay material overlay. Mix and match for ideas to customize your guitar neck order. Pricing shown below will reflect options selected.

      Inlay Material Description

      Price

      $25.00

      Image Selections

      Fingerboard Wood

      Fret Material

      Binding

      Inlay Shape

      Inlay Material

      Side Dots

      White Side Dots

      $0.00

      No Side Dots

      $0.00

      Mother Of Pearl Side Dots

      $25.00

      Black Side Dots

      $0.00

      Abalone Side Dots

      $25.00

      Fret & Fretless Choices

      Warmoth offers frets in a range of shapes and materials to suit any preference or playing style. Dunlop fret numbers are for general reference. Actual fret dimensions will vary somewhat from batch to batch. Options include:

      Fret Materials

      • Nickel/Silver
      • Stainless Steel
      • Gold Color

      Fret Sizes

      • 6100
      • 6105
      • 6130
      • 6150
      • 6230

      Fretless Options

      • Fretless
      • Lined Fretless
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      Nickel/Silver

      Our fret wire is drawn from the finest 18% hard nickel/silver for long life with steel strings. Despite the name "nickel/silver," this wire contains no silver at all. Its ingredients are brass and nickel. Rated at HV 170 (+/-20) on the Vickers hardness scale.

      6105

      .095" X .045"

      $0.00

      Feel: Narrow and tall.

      Uses: A very popular fret wire that facilitates lead and rhythm playing.

      6150

      .103" X .046"

      $0.00

      Feel: The standard "Jumbo", with a smooth, fast feel.

      Uses: Modern Fender® American necks. Our most popular wire on both guitar and bass necks. Suits all playing styles.

      6100

      .118" X .058"

      $0.00

      Feel: Very tall and wide; almost scalloped in feel.

      Uses: Common on Ibanez® necks. Great for lead playing, tapping, and “shredding”.

      6130

      .106" X .036"

      $0.00

      Feel: Low and wide, also known as "Medium Jumbo".

      Uses: Many Gibson® necks. Great for rhythm playing. Popular with bassists who prefer a feel closer to fretless.

      6230

      .080" X .037"

      $0.00

      Feel: Low and narrow. The smallest fret wire we use.

      Uses: Vintage Fender® necks, great for chord comping and rhythm playing.

      Stainless Steel

      Stainless Steel frets are a great choice for those who use round-wound strings - notoriously hard on frets. Stainless Steel is both harder and smoother than nickel/silver fretwire, offering superior longevity and a quick, glassy feel with negligible effect on tone. Our top-quality, German-made Jescar fretwire is rated at HV 300 (+/-20) on the Vickers hardness scale.

      SS6150

      .104" X .047"

      $20.00

      Feel: The standard "Jumbo", with a smooth, fast feel.

      Uses: Modern Fender® American necks. Our most popular wire on both guitar and bass necks. Suits all playing styles.

      SS6100

      .110" X .057"

      $20.00

      Feel: Very tall and wide; almost scalloped in feel.

      Uses: Common on Ibanez® necks. Great for lead playing, tapping, and “shredding”.

      SS6105

      .095" X .047"

      $20.00

      Feel: Narrow and tall.

      Uses: A very popular fret wire that facilitates lead and rhythm playing.

      SS6115

      .108" X .051"

      $20.00

      Feel: A "jumbo" height with a smooth, precise feel.

      Uses: The narrower top facilitates bending and sliding, and promotes precise intonation.

      SS6230

      .080" X .043"

      $20.00

      Feel: Low and narrow. The smallest fret wire we use.

      Uses: Vintage Fender® necks, great for chord comping and rhythm playing.

      Gold/EVO Hypo-Allergenic

      Our beautiful gold fretwire is a nickel-free copper alloy similar in color to 12k gold. This top-quality, German-made Jescar EVO wire is solid throughout and will never turn brassy or look worn. It is almost as hard as stainless steel and polishes up nicely for a super-fast, glass-like feel. It is also hypo-allergenic for those who have allergies to nickel. Rated at HV 250 (+/-20) on the Vickers hardness scale.

      GD6100

      .110" X .057"

      $30.00

      Feel: Very tall and wide; almost scalloped in feel.

      Uses: Common on Ibanez® necks. Great for lead playing, tapping, and “shredding”.

      GD6150

      .104" X .047"

      $30.00

      Feel: The standard "Jumbo", with a smooth, fast feel.

      Uses: Modern Fender® American necks. Our most popular wire on both guitar and bass necks. Suits all playing styles.

      Fretless Options

      Fretless

      $0.00

      Feel: Perfectly smooth.

      Uses: For players who prefer the rounder sound and smoother feel of no frets.

      Lined Fretless

      $85.00

      Feel: Perfectly smooth.

      Uses: Convenient for players who want the fretless sound but are more accustomed to playing fretted necks.

      Binding Options

      Binding is a thin strip of material applied to the edge of a fingerboard to add definition and contrast. It lends a high-end appearance to any combination of woods and finishes. Binding material options include:

      • Cream
      • Black
      • White
      • Pearloid
      • Ivoroid
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      Binding and Fret Ends

      Our fingerboard binding is installed before the frets. The fret ends then extend over it to the edge of the fingerboard. Laying the binding under the frets, rather than on the outside, results in a wider, smoother playing surface. It also makes fret maintenance easier and less expensive.

      Colors/Materials

      White

      White

      $110
      Pearloid

      Pearloid

      $110
      Ivoroid

      Ivoroid

      $110
      Cream

      Cream

      $110
      Black

      Black

      $110
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      Mounting Holes

      Mounting hole options for the SSB Warhead neck include:

      • No Mounting Holes
      • Standard 4 Bolt

      Compatibility Information: Warmoth SSB necks are not designed as retrofit parts for any other manufacturer. They are designed to fit our short scale bodies ONLY.

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      Standard 4 Bolt

      Standard 4 Bolt

      The Four Bolt option is standard, and aligns perfectly with compatible bodies for quick and easy assembly.

      No Mounting Holes

      No Mounting Holes

      A neck without Mounting Holes may be special ordered for those projects that require it.

      Fingerboard Radius

      Fingerboard radius is the measure of the curve of a neck's fretting surface. It effects playability and grip comfort. Radius options for this neck include:

        • Straight 10"
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        Fingerboard Radius Explained

        The term "fingerboard radius" describes the curvature or arc of the fingerboard across the width of the neck. The measurement is arrived at by extending the arc of the fingerboard to form an imaginary circle around the neck. The radius of this circle is the fingerboard radius.

        The SSB Warhead fingerboard radius is 10", the same as our full scale J Bass® and P Bass® necks. It is very comfortable to play on and will feel familiar to most bassists.

        Right or Left Handed

        The SSB Warhead Neck can be ordered for the same price in either of the following configurations:

        • Left Handed
        • Right Handed Reverse
        • Right Handed
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        Right Handed Reverse

        Right Hand Reverse

        Right Handed Reverse means you pick the strings with your right hand and fret with your left, but the headstock is oriented with the tuners pointed downwards. The side dots face upwards, visible to the player.

        Right Handed

        Right Handed

        Right Handed means you pick the strings with your right hand and fret with your left.

        Left Handed

        Left Handed

        Left Handed means you pick the strings with your left hand and fret with your right.

        Tuner Holes

        We rout the SSB Warhead Neck for one of the lightest bass tuners on the market: the Schaller BML Lite. We also rout the required guide-pin holes, making installation a breeze. The SSB Warhead neck is routed only for the:

          • BML Lite (17mm)
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          BML Lite (17mm)

          Schaller BML Light tuners are one of the lightest tuners available. This precise, durable, high quality tuner is about half the weight of the standard BML tuner.

          • Weight per tuner: 1.76 oz. (50 grams)
          • 22:1 gear ratio
          • Fits a 17 mm tuner hole
          • Rout includes holes for tuner guide-pins
          Schaller BML Light Bass Tuners
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          Warranty Information: Tuner bushings from different manufacturers are not always identical in size. If the tuner bushings you are using don’t fit into the tuner routs fairly easily do not force them. It is necessary to open the hole up slightly. Headstocks broken as a result of forcing bushings into them are not covered under warranty.

          Number of Frets

          30" SSB necks come with 20 frets. 32" SSB necks come with 21 frets. Your options are:

          • 21
          • 20
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          20 Frets

          Twenty Frets

          21 Frets

          Twenty One Frets

          Finish Choices

          The finish you choose for your neck will effect both its appearance and its playing feel. Many common neck woods also require a finish to preserve their warranty. Finish options for the SSB Warhead neck include:

          • Vint Tint Satin Nitro
          • Vintage Tint Gloss
          • Clear Gloss
          • Clear Satin Nitro
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          Clear Gloss

          $90 - Maple Necks with Maple Fingerboards (Entire neck will be finished)

          $80 - Maple Necks with non-maple Fingerboards (No finish on the fingerboard)

          $110 - Non-Maple necks (No finish on the fingerboard)

          This is our standard neck finish. It is clear, wet looking and very shiny.

          Clear Gloss

          Clear Satin Nitro

          $80 - Maple Necks with Maple Fingerboards (Entire neck will be finished)

          $70 - Maple Necks with non-maple Fingerboards (No finish on the fingerboard)

          $100 - Non-Maple necks (No finish on the fingerboard)

          A non-glossy, matte finish. The feel is very smooth and fast. The look and feel are similar to the modern Fender® neck finish.

          Clear Satin

          Vint Tint Satin Nitro

          $110 - Maple Necks with Maple Fingerboards (Entire neck will be finished)

          $100 - Maple Necks with non-maple Fingerboards (No finish on the fingerboard)

          $130 - Non-Maple necks (No finish on the fingerboard)

          A non-glossy, matte finish. The feel is very smooth and fast. Amber tint is added to the finish to a achieve an aged appearance. It is perfect for those that want the quick feel of a modern neck, with a more vintage look. This is not a reliced finish. It is a tinted color.

          Vintage Tint Satin

          Vintage Tint Gloss

          $110 - Maple Necks with Maple Fingerboards (Entire neck will be finished)

          $100 - Maple Necks with non-maple Fingerboards (No finish on the fingerboard)

          $130 - Non-Maple necks (No finish on the fingerboard)

          A high-gloss, wet looking finish with amber tint added to a create an aged appearance. This is the look associated with vintage Fender® instruments. It is not a reliced finish. It is a tinted color.

          Vintage Tint Gloss

          Warranty Information: For a valid warranty your neck must be covered with a hard finish. Oils do not meet this requirement. The finish must be sufficiently thick to completely cover the wood so that a player’s hand touches only finish, never wood. Finishes done by Warmoth meet this warranty requirement. Hard finishes applied by you or a third party may also meet this requirement.

          All our necks are dipped in an oil based penetrating sealer that is compatible with virtually all secondary finishes. This provides enhanced stability, but it is not adequate protection for playing. If you purchase an unfinished Maple, Mahogany, or Koa neck we strongly recommend you apply a hard finish. We understand the attraction of unfinished or lightly oiled necks. Unfortunately, they are much more susceptible to moisture-related warping and twisting. Our experience is that hard finished necks seldom warp, while about 10% of unfinished or oiled necks eventually do.

          Headstock Veneer

          You can choose exotic woods veneers for your headstock to emulate the look of a Laminate Top body. A Headstock Veneer adds a boutique, balanced look to any instrument. Available in these materials:

          • Koa
          • Indian Rosewood
          • Flame Koa
          • Ebony
          • Ebony (Macassar)
          • Flame Maple
          • Birdseye Maple
          • Quilt Maple
          • Zebrawood
          • Lacewood
          • Walnut
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          Headstock Veneer

          A thin wood laminate approximately .030" (1mm) thick is applied to the face of the headstock. On straight headstocks it covers the end of the fingerboard. On Tiltback headstocks it ends at the nut slot. A wide range of finish options is available.

          Headstock Veneer Wood Options

          Birdseye Maple

          add $45

          Ebony

          add $55

          Ebony (Macassar)

          add $55

          Flame Koa

          add $55

          Flame Maple

          add $45

          Indian Rosewood

          add $45

          Koa

          add $45

          Lacewood

          add $45

          Quilt Maple

          add $45

          Walnut

          add $45

          Zebrawood

          add $45

          Pricing Table

          Right Handed, Left Handed, & Right-Handed Reverse Available - Same Price

          Prices are for unfinished necks with standard features.

           
          Fingerboard Woods
          Shaft Woods
          MapleIndian RosewoodPau FerroBubingaGoncalo AlvesWengePurpleheartBloodwoodEbonyZiricote
          Maple$180$180$200$215$225$245
          Mahogany$200$200$220$235$245$265
          Birdseye Maple$216$216$236$251$261$281
          Roasted Maple$220$220$240$255$265$285
          Flame Maple$260$260$280$295$305$325
          3A Birdseye Maple$380$380$400$415$425$445

          Additional Charges

          Inlays
          Custom Dots $20
          Custom Inlays $90
          Frets
          Stainless Steel $20
          Gold $30
          Binding
          Binding $110
          String Nut/ Nut Prep
          Installed String Nut $20 - $25
          Finish
          Clear or Vintage Tint $65-$125
          Solid or Transparent $125-$145
          Dye or Burst $135-$155
          Headstock Veneer
          Various Woods $45 - $55

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