Is this a weird grain or a crack under the finish?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by gtrsaideh, Nov 5, 2013.


  1. gtrsaideh

    gtrsaideh

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    Hi! good day to everyone.

    I bought myself a brand new Squier Vintage modified jazz bass V and since this is my first maple fretboard bass I got really excited and took it home as fast as i can. Now, after inspecting the neck, these are what i found.

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    My neck has around 3 or 4 "grains" as long as fingernails and although it doesn't show in the pictures, it has 3d look into it, and can even convince other people that it's a deep crack. Or maybe it really is! :bawl:

    So, could this really be a crack on the wood that was present BEFORE the finish was applied, or a grain normally seen in maple wood. Should I send it back and ask for a new unit?

    Please help me since I don't really have any idea with these kinds of things.

    Thanks!

    @mods: I think i posted in the wrong section. I'm sorry.
     
  2. BrBss

    BrBss Previously brendanbassist Supporting Member

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    Looks like grain to me. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. gtrsaideh

    gtrsaideh

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    Thanks for replying!

    Have you encountered anything like this before? Because it looks really three-dimensional, like when i cast shadow over it the more it looks like a deep cut. and i'm almost convinced.

    :bawl::bawl:
     
  4. LowLife350

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    I can't tell for sure, but out looks like a burn mark to me; perhaps made while finishing the neck.
     
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  6. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

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    Flame maple has the effect your describing. I'm pretty confident its grain.
     
  7. BrBss

    BrBss Previously brendanbassist Supporting Member

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    Wood figuring can be very 3 dimensional... look at expensive quilted and flamed maple tops! IF it were a crack, it would likely be much thinner and sharper, like a line drawn from a very fine point pen. This appears to be softer, wider, and more "bubbly" in appearance.
     
  8. George Himmel

    George Himmel

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    Another vote for grain. If it looks in real life like it does on my monitor, I've seen it dozens of times before. In fact, if I get a good break, I might post some pics from basses in the shop that have the same grain features (IF I get a break!).
     
  9. gtrsaideh

    gtrsaideh

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    Thank you very much guys!

    I'll be able to sleep soundly now. or later..

    I'll sleep later :D:D time to break in the new bass!
     
  10. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    Here's an example of a natural "blemish" within the grain structure of wood (in this case maple) Wood is organic and is affected by a number of things in it's life-span.

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    In my constant battle not to be anal when creating a beautiful instrument or finish, I have grown to welcome such imperfections. It's like a fingerprint or a "beauty mark" on a lovely woman's face - ultimately unique.
     
  11. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    yeah, that's a grain anomaly, nothing to worry about.
     
  12. gtrsaideh

    gtrsaideh

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    wow that one looks exactly like the one in mine! (although this one is rounder)


    you sir, have cleared any remaining doubt that I still have.

    Thank you!
     

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