Overview Features

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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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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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 Stratocaster® necks are shown below:

Warmoth Neck Pockets

J Bass® and P Bass® neck heels and neck pockets share the same dimensions and are interchangeable.

Bass Neck Pocket

Will It Fit My Body?

A J Bass® replacement neck installed in a J Bass® or P Bass® neck pocket results in a good fit.

Known Incompatibilities

These Fender® bass models are non-standard and are NOT compatible with Warmoth replacement bodies and necks.

  • P Bass® Deluxe – 22 fret neck
  • J Bass® Deluxe – 22 fret neck
  • P Bass® Special – 22 fret neck
  • P Bass® Lyte – 22 fret neck
  • Vintage P Bass® necks & reissues with squared heels

These brands are generally not compatible with Warmoth replacement bodies and necks:

  • Ernie Ball Music Man®
  • G & L®

Neck Construction

The SSB Warhead neck is made using only the best materials, processes, and crafstmaship. Features include:

  • Double expanding truss rod that won't warp neck over time and eliminates dead spots.
  • Stability - rarely needs adjustment.
  • No need for steel stiffening rods that add extra weight.

  • Total Vintage Construction
  • Vintage Modern Construction
  • Warmoth Pro Construction
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Total Vintage Construction

Warmoth Total Vintage necks use a single truss rod design. The rod is attached to a fixed anchor at the headstock end of the neck. An anchored adjustment nut at the other end is accessible through an opening at the heel. The rod sits in a concave channel within the neck, and is installed under the fingerboard on two piece necks, or through a long opening in the back on one piece necks. Once installed in its channel the rod takes a slightly curved or bowed position.

As the adjustment nut is tightened the anchors, unable to pass through the narrow channel ends, exert inward pressure on the neck wood. The end of the rod is drawn outwards, and the center upwards towards a staight line. When the nut is loosened the rod relaxes back towards its neutral bowed position.

This style is of rod is used on vintage Fender® instruments.

Benefits of the Total Vintage truss rod:

  • Light weight and minimum mass
  • Closest to vintage look and tone
  • Less torque required for adjustment
  • "Skunk Stripe" on one piece necks

Vintage Modern Construction

Warmoth Vintage Modern necks use a single truss rod design. The rod is attached to a fixed anchor at the heel end of the neck. An anchored adjustment nut at the other end is accessible through an opening at the headstock. The rod sits in a concave channel within the neck, and is installed through a long opening in the back on both one and two piece necks. Once installed in its channel the rod takes a slightly curved or bowed position.

As the adjustment nut is tightened the anchors, unable to pass through the narrow channel ends, exert inward pressure on the neck wood. The end of the rod is drawn outwards, and the center upwards towards a staight line. When the nut is loosened the rod relaxes back towards its neutral bowed position.

This style is of rod is used on modern Fender® instruments, and by Gibson®.

Benefits of the Total Vintage truss rod:

  • Adjustments can be made without removing the neck
  • Light weight and minimum mass
  • Less torque required for adjustment
  • "Skunk Stripe" on both one and two piece necks

Warmoth Pro Construction

Warmoth Pro necks use a double-expanding truss rod that is installed in a flat slot directly under the fingerboard. The rod 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. Inward pressure is absorbed by the rod, not the wood. As the adjustment nut is loosened the neck relaxes back towards its neutral position.

Benefits of the Double Expanding truss rod:

  • Extremely stable, no seasonal adjustments are necessary
  • Increased mass = longer sustain, eliminates dead spots
  • No end to end wood compression to eventually distort the neck

Stiffening Rods

Optional - Graphite Rods

Graphite Stiffening Rods

Graphite stiffening rods are optional in Super Bass necks. They weigh less than steel and contribute to a warmer tone. Warmoth uses taller rods than normal to achieve steel-like rigidity. Shallow slots are cut on the underside of the fingerboard to accomodate their extra height.

  • As stiff as steel rods, with less weight
  • Warm frequency response similar to a vintage neck
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Standard Steel Rods

Steel Stiffening Rods

Steel stiffening rods are standard in Super Bass construction necks, and help to make the neck extremely stable. One rod is installed on each side of the truss rod.

  • Increased mass contributes to long sustain
  • Clean and clear notes
  • Even frequency response

Fingerboard Slab

Stratocaster® 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:

    • 34"
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    34" Scale Length

    • The standard scale length for bass, established by Fender® in the 1960's.
    • Comfortable, familiar feel and fret spacing.

    Neck Woods

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

    • Bloodwood
    • Goncalo Alves
    • Canary
    • Koa
    • Indian Rosewood
    • Pau Ferro
    • Mahogany
    • Padouk
    • Purpleheart
    • Wenge
    • Walnut
    • Bubinga
    • Maple
    • Quartersawn Maple
    • Roasted Maple
    • Birdseye Maple
    • 3A Birdseye Maple
    • Flame Maple
    • 3A 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™

    $157.00

    Quartersawn Maple

    Appearance: White, with light, straight grain patterns.

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

    Weight: Medium/Heavy

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

    Feel: Hard, smooth, and fast.

    Maple is the Fender® Company’s traditional neck wood. Quartersawn maple exhibits a very straight grain pattern.

    Tone-O-Meter™

    $197.00

    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™

    $197.00

    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™

    $193.00

    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™

    $357.00

    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™

    $237.00

    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™

    $357.00

    Mahogany

    Appearance: Reddish-brown, with a subtle, straight grain.

    Tone: Warm and full with good sustain.

    Weight: Medium/Heavy

    Finish: Required. Grain is easy to fill and looks good with clear or transparent red finish.

    Feel: Satiny

    Mahogany’s full-bodied sound is associated with some of the most famous guitar tones in rock music. It is the favored tone wood of the Gibson® brand name.

    Tone-O-Meter™

    $177.00

    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™

    $237.00

    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™

    $237.00

    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™

    $237.00

    Walnut

    Appearance: Light brown with distinct open-grained patterns.

    Tone: Similar to maple, but generally not as bright.

    Weight: Medium

    Finish: Required. Looks best with clear gloss.

    Feel: Smooth and fast.

    Walnut is the only North American dark wood. It is a good alternative for those wanting the sound of maple but a darker color. Generally softer and lighter weight than maple. Combines especially well with ebony fingerboards.

    Tone-O-Meter™

    $237.00

    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™

    $237.00

    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™

    $237.00

    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™

    $237.00

    Canary

    Appearance: Yellow color with deep red streaking, usually straight grained.

    Tone: Bright with good lows.

    Weight: Medium/Heavy

    Finish: Finishes well, but it is not required.

    Feel: Smooth and fast.

    More properly called Arariba. Not as dense as Maple, but similar in feel and tone.

    Tone-O-Meter™

    $237.00

    Koa

    Appearance: Golden brown, with a darker, ribbon-like grain figure.

    Tone: Warm, similar to Mahogany.

    Weight: Medium

    Finish: Requires a finish, and looks stunning with clear gloss.

    Feel: Smooth

    Koa comes from the Hawaiian Islands, and is highly prized because of its rarity. It sounds especially good when combined with a Pau Ferro or Ebony fingerboard. Occasionally pieces will exhibit a flamed grain figure.

    Tone-O-Meter™

    $337.00

    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™

    $337.00

    Pau Ferro

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

    Tone: Good articulation and attack that falls between Rosewood and Ebony.

    Weight: Medium

    Finish: No finish required.

    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.

    Tone-O-Meter™

    $337.00

    Fingerboard Wood Choices

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

    • Ziricote
    • Figured Zircote
    • Ebony (Black)
    • Ebony (Macassar)
    • Matching Maple
    • Goncalo Alves
    • Purpleheart
    • Bloodwood
    • Wenge
    • Ebony
    • Kingwood
    • Indian Rosewood
    • Roasted Maple
    • Pau Ferro
    • Indian Rosewood (Dark)
    • Canary
    • Bubinga
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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

    Roasted Maple

    Appearance: Caramel with darker grain patterns.

    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.

    $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.

    $10.00

    Indian Rosewood (Dark)

    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. Dark Rosewood is subject to availability.

    $25.00

    Canary

    Appearance: Yellow color with deep red streaking, usually straight grained.

    Feel: Smooth and fast.

    More properly called Arariba. Not as dense as Maple, but similar in feel and tone.

    $35.00

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    $35.00

    Kingwood

    Appearance: Brown to red, with black streaks - often highly figured.

    Feel: Fine and smooth.

    Kingwood comes from Brazil and Mexico, and is extremely dense. The grain is often highly figured and varied. Makes a fantastic fingerboard.

    $50.00

    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.

    $50.00

    Figured Zircote

    Appearance: Dark gray to brown to black, with extreme “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. The grain patterns are highly figured. Very limited availability.

    $75.00

    Ebony (Black)

    Appearance: Black.

    Feel: Very hard, smooth, and fast.

    Ebony has a long history as a preferred fingerboard wood. An excellent choice for fretless necks. Uniformly black ebony is rare – limited availability.

    $75.00

    Ebony (Macassar)

    Appearance: Chocolate brown with darker, distinctive stripes.

    Feel: Very smooth.

    A good choice for those wanting the feel and tone of ebony with a more exciting look. It is very dense and stable. Primarily used for fingerboards but sometimes available for solid necks too.

    $75.00

    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

      • Standard
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      Standard Contours

      Standard

      • Average thickness at 1st fret: .872" (22mm)
      • Average thickness at 12th fret: .975" (25mm)

      Our Standard Contour is a time-tested neck back shape for 4-string bass that feels comfortable and fast to most players.

      Standard Contour

      Nut Width

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

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          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:

          • GraphTech White TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
          • White Corian - Standard Nut
          • Black Corian - Standard Nut
          • GraphTech Black 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
          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.

          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.

          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
          More Information

          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.

          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”.

          6105

          .095" X .045"

          $0.00

          Feel: Narrow and tall.

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

          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.

          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.

          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.

          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.

          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.

          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
          Compatibility
          Information

          Mounting Holes

          Mounting hole options for the SSB Warhead neck include:

          • Standard 4 Bolt
          • No Mounting Holes
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          No Mounting Holes

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

          Standard 4 Bolt

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

          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 Stratocaster® fingerboard radius is 10". 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
            More Information

            Right Handed

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

            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:

              • GB7 (14mm)
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              GB7 (14mm)

              The GB7 is a modern-style tuner with a die-cast, permanently lubricated enclosure for smooth operation and long life.

              • Smooth and accurate operation.
              • 20:1 gear ratio.
              • Fits a 9/16" (14mm) tuner hole.
              • Mounting screw, hex nut, and washer included.
              Gotoh GB7 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

              The scale length of an SSB Neck determines how many frets it will have. You can choose either:

              • 24
              • 20
              • 21
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              20 Frets

              21 Frets

              24 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 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.

              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 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.

              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
              More Information

              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 RosewoodRoasted MaplePau FerroIndian Rosewood (Dark)CanaryBubingaGoncalo AlvesPurpleheartBloodwoodWengeEbonyKingwoodZiricoteFigured ZircoteEbony (Black)Ebony (Macassar)
              Maple$157$157$157$167$182$192$207$232
              Quartersawn Maple$197$197$197$207$222$232$247$272
              Roasted Maple$197$197$197$207$222$232$247$272
              Birdseye Maple$193$193$193$203$218$228$243$268
              3A Birdseye Maple$357$357$357$367$382$392$407$432
              Flame Maple$237$237$237$247$262$272$287$312
              3A Flame Maple$357$357$357$367$382$392$407$432
              Mahogany$177$177$177$187$202$212$227$252
              Padouk$237$237$247$262$272$287$312
              Purpleheart$237$237$247$262$272$287$312
              Wenge$237$237$247$262$272$287$312
              Walnut$237$237$237$247$262$272$287$312
              Bubinga$237$247$272$287$312
              Bloodwood$237$247$272$287$312
              Goncalo Alves$237$247$272$287$312
              Canary$237$237$237$247$262$272$287$312
              Koa$337$337$337$347$362$372$387$412
              Indian Rosewood$337$337$347$362$372$387$412
              Pau Ferro$337$347$372$387$412

              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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