Slab body vs German carve size and specs

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Re: Slab body vs German carve size and specs

Postby 101Volts » Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:31 am

101Volts wrote:It seems to me as though the Slab and Carved Ventures II are mostly the same outer dimensions; except, the Slab version's neck is farther out from the body and the Carved version has it farther in the body. The Slab version has a rectangular section of wood extending out, to support the neck. I don't have exact measurements, but that's how it seems to me based on pictures; just add more of a neck pocket to the outline of any Ventures II body, and you're set.

Of course, I could be wrong; I don't have exact measurements of a Slab Ventures II.

Also, I do know that some Slab versions had wood cracking in the neck pocket area, and that may explain why Carved versions had the neck recessed in the body so far. Maybe it's not too bad of an idea to use Alder or Sugar Pine for a Slab Ventures II Body.

- Austin


In light of my previous post just above, I've read that the Ventures and Ventures II Slab models have the same outer dimensions except for the Slab's neck pocket, which is extended out. I asked about this at a Mosrite Facebook Page.

Also, the Slab model occasionally had neck pocket cracking problems (referring to Slab B006, and others.)

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Slab body vs German carve size and specs

Postby 101Volts » Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:04 pm

OK, here are the Neck Specs, both for the Ventures II "Slab" and "Carved" models.

Both guitars are 24.5" scale length (that's correct, 24.5".) You can use a scale length calculator here, at Stewart Macdonald:
https://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator

Slab (according to one individual on Facebook, whose name I have sadly forgotten: )

Width of Fretboard:

Fret:
0: Just short of 40 Mm (1.574 in.) (TBH, this is probably about 1.560, as noted below on my Carved Model.)
12th: 48.5 (1.909 in.)

Neck Thickness:

23mm (0.905 in.) - 1st fret (The Volute is near here.)
22mm (0.866 in.) - 2nd to 13th frets
23mm (0.905 in.) - 14th fret (It starts tapering t the Neck Heel around here, but it probably starts at Fret 13.)
28mm (1.1023 in.) - 15th fret (Neck Heel area)
29mm (1.1417 in.) - 16th fret (Neck Heel area)

Again, the measurements of a Slab Neck above are not from me; I got them off Facebook. The notes next to the measurements are from me, though.

Carved Ventures II (which should be about identical: )

I measured the neck thickness of my Carved Ventures II, B670, in Thousandths of an Inch. I measured right next to every fret, up to Fret 16 (which is where the neck heel and body end start, which probably differs from the Slab Ventures II.) Note, though, that a lot of Ventures II (Carved) models (and probably some Mark Vs) have a chafed section on the back of the neck from Frets 0 - 3. I don't know why, but I've seen it plenty of times, and mine is no exception.

Width:

1.559 at Zero Fret,
1.859 at 12th Fret,
2.045 at 22nd (highest) Fret,
2.061 at neck end.

Thickness:

1.253 - 0 fret (the volute is here.)
0.880 - 1st fret (Chafed)
0.840 - 2nd fret (Chafed)
0.849 - 3rd fret (Chafed)
0.850 - 4th fret
0.867 - 5th fret
0.859 - 6th
0.857 - 7th
0.850 - 8th
0.860 - 9th
0.845 - 10th
0.850 - 11th
0.860 - 12th
0.890 - 13th (the neck starts tapering to the neck heel here.)
1.001 - 14th
1.110 - 15th
1.130 - 16th fret

I hope that helps.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Slab body vs German carve size and specs

Postby 101Volts » Sun Sep 26, 2021 12:38 pm

101Volts wrote:In light of my previous post just above, I've read that the Ventures and Ventures II Slab models have the same outer dimensions except for the Slab's neck pocket, which is extended out. I asked about this at a Mosrite Facebook Page.

Also, the Slab model occasionally had neck pocket cracking problems (referring to Slab B006, and others.)

- Austin


Well, I got that off kilter. Max said in this same thread that the outer body dimensions are 13 1/2 by 17 1/2. It looks like that's 1/4 inch smaller around the whole diameter of a Ventures I (I have a Ventures I template, and the Low E side to High E side is 14 inches.) Of course, the neck pocket extends out, and it doesn't with a Ventures I.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.


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