Yesterday at rehearsal I noticed what appear to be 2 cracks on the neck of my Gibson Thunderbird, where the neck is connected to the body. It's only on one side of the neck, the other sides is OK. Other than that, the bass is flawless.
The bass is less than a year old, so I'm rather worried... I'm not sure however whether this is the neck falling apart, or the finish breaking apart, or just a fault in the finish I only notice now...
Any advice? Should I take it back to the music store or have it checked out by my luthier first?
Don't worry, those are not cracks in the wood.
NT Thunderbird and Firebird wings are glued onto V-grooves like that.
The very Gibsonish way of using non-seasoned wood just makes the glue line more visible on some instruments and may cause the finish to crack as a result.
I don't understand why they say it needs to warm up slowly, yet they saw to put a fan on it to warm it up. That makes no sense.
Awesome, thanks for the info and the reassurance! :-)
Looks like expansion cracks in the finish to me.
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