Originally Posted by JimiLL
Unfortunately, the only things that make this instrument considered a high end piece of equipment are the name and the price.
In your humble opinion.
IMHO, this remark seems unfair, and is especially unkind to one who is trying to resolve an easily understood and fixed problem. Fender hateraid is best drunk alone at home, IMHO.
All Fender basses may have a misaligned neck, making the clearance between the body and the heel uneven, and the strings align improperly.
Fix it thus:
Caution, do not let the neck lift or drop from the plane of the body.
1) Get large phillips screwdriver and a big soft towel.
2) Take most of the tension off the strings.
3) Lay bass face down upon towel on bench or table, etc.
4) Carefully slightly loosen neck plate screws (~1/2 turn at heel—righty-tighty/lefty-loosie).
5) Hold bass body under armpit with arm wrapped around and hand gripping lower horn.
6) Gently wraggle, pull or slap the neck to center it.
7) Visually check alignment by sighting down from the bridge.
8) Repeat 6 and 7 until it is aligned.
9) Retighten neck screws.
10) Retune and inspect. Repeat if needed.