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There's a hole in my Mexican J Bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by llldino, Dec 25, 2012.


  1. llldino

    llldino

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    Heya. Just ripped the pickguard off my MIM Fender Jazz Bass a few minutes ago and found a curious dimple in the body just to the left of the neck pickup. Why's that there?

    If I had to guess, I'd say it's because the factory makes a stock body, and the hole is there to add a feature that may be present in some models but not in others.

    What do you guys think?

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  2. Beej

    Beej

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    Guide hole for the pin router?
     
  3. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

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    No, that is some manufacturing artifact. I think it's for the router guidance? Something like that.
     
  4. Phendyr_Loon

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    There's no feature on any other model instrument that Fender makes that would make use of this hole in the body.
    It is most likely there for the CNC machine to serve as some sort of an indexing feature to allow consistent production.
     
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  6. llldino

    llldino

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    That makes some sense. Thanks guys/gals
     
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    Your bass has a bunghole ... heheheheh ...

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  8. el basso

    el basso

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    [​IMG]
     
  9. LWagner

    LWagner

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    folks on this board call that the crater of doom
     
  10. HaMMerHeD

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  11. Joe Murray

    Joe Murray

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    Fender puts that hole there to annoy us all, they do it with their American Standards as well. Totally ruining the complete appeal of their sunburst finishes (under the pickguard is where the colors all come together, it's gorgeous) except for that CNC index hole eyesore. Such a shame.
     
  12. audioglenn

    audioglenn Gold Supporting Member

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    I've got the same hole on my MIM J bass. I would have to agree with Phendyr Loon's explanation.
     
  13. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    stash box, of course!:)
     
  14. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    Naw,
    You can not fit enough in it to make it worth taking out all the screws and then trying to put them back in after you did your stash.
     
  15. Kerry_King

    Kerry_King

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    I have this on my 1998 USA tele as well. It's too bad.
     
  16. 4dog

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    Booger stash box??
     
  17. Teacher

    Teacher

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    When I read the title, all I could think of was "...dear Liza, dear Liza...."
     
  18. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    It's not a bug, it's a feature. Supposed to be there.
     
  19. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    I'm a step away from living with it and taking the guard off my MIA P. I love the look without the guard, except for that dang hole!!
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  20. 4dog

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    That bass actually does look pretty good w/out the pickguard,, maybe some white pup covers?
     
  21. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

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    depending on what kind of stash we're talking about... in the 60's (and of course in many cases nowadays) that could have come in handy ;)

    Also, RIPTOPAZ, wine cork!
     

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