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Bent neck from hanging on the wall?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Zephrant, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Zephrant


    Dec 10, 2013
    Spokane, WA
    There is a new/never used bass, but old stock at GC back east. It's exactly what I'm looking for (ESP B-155 in blue), but the GC repair tech says the first three frets are high, due to it hanging on the wall for too long.

    He says he sees it all the time, and that the correct repair would be to remove the frets, shave it down, and re-fret. That cost would exceed the new cost of the bass.

    But I've got time and tools and love a good deal. If I got it cheap enough, am I asking for problems to do the work myself? Mostly I'm wondering that if I stop hanging it on the wall, will it warp back a little, after I do the work?
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    I have basses & guitars that I hang on the wall in my studio. They've hung for years with no ill effects to the necks at all. They even stay in near perfect tune.
    Maybe some brands do, but my Fenders never have.
    Maybe it just needs a good TR adjustment & set-up?
  3. Precision_D


    Dec 26, 2013
    Never heard of that being an issue with any basses or guitars, for that matter. I have several guitars and basses that hang from my wall in my man cave and have had no issues.
  4. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Medway, MA
    No way. Bad info.
  5. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I agree. The GC tech has no idea what's he's talking about.
  6. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    GC rep is full of it, and is gaming you to try and get a completely unnecessary repair fee.
  7. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Firstly: GC "tech". This one seems particularly clueless.

    Second: Sounds like a trussrod adjustment.
  8. Zephrant


    Dec 10, 2013
    Spokane, WA
    Hmm- The GC tech is actually against the repair. I had to push him to even give me a quote. That doesn't mean he knows what he is talking about, but I don't think he is intentionally misleading me to get a repair. He did say he adjusted the trussrod, but I can't really tell from here of course.

    I was ready to buy the bass, then the tech brought up the fret problem when he checked it out. It is already discounted to $220, off of their typical $379, so they do know there is a problem of some kind.

    Good to hear that others have not seen this though. Maybe it was just made wrong then?

    Still comes back to if I can make the repair, and if it will hold over the long term.

    BTW- ESP will not sell a replacement neck, nor will they do a factory repair on it, which does bother me about the entire brand now.
  9. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    He's wrong and I wouldn't trust him with anything. If the first 3 frets are high, the first thing I'd suspect is the fingerboard coming loose. I've seen a lot of this. It has nothing to do with the bass hanging.

    Hard to say anything without seeing the bass. If the fingerboard is loose, work glue into the gap, and clamp. With modern glues, like Titebond II, the repair will be stronger than the wood.
  10. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Sounds like a lemon. I'd pass.
    Find something local you can see & try before buying.
    Local GC or Mom & Pop music store?
  11. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    If you hang a bass very high up on a wall, you could get a bent neck just by looking at it.
  12. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    and this is why about a 5 million guitars are hanging from walls allover the world:eyebrow:

    Bass needs adjusting the employee needs training the walls are fine.
  13. Yep. Doesn't make any sense. The guy at GC is either not a tech, or not being honest. Maybe both.
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    It depends on how high you hang them anything above seven feet expect problems.

    -Miley Cyrus
  15. Zephrant


    Dec 10, 2013
    Spokane, WA
    Very interesting- Guess I won't know for sure what is wrong with it, as I don't want to buy it and find out its something I can't fix.

    Thanks a lot for the info!
  16. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    Not enough info/pics to identify the problem-
    could just need trussrod slacked a bit, or next heavier gauge of strings if the fingerboard in not coming loose.
    Then maybe a saddle adjustment.
    If you prefer flats, they may cure it with the increased tension req'd.
  17. tedsalt

    tedsalt Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    Kansas City
    ^^^ lol
  18. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Yeah, they won't bend. But they'll stretch. :rolleyes: :D
  19. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Someone should call Mandolin Brothers on Staten Island and let them know they're ruining hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of vintage guitars hanging them on the wall like they do. Record the call and post it.
  20. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    Never heard of such a thing and believe it to be pure BS. I would believe that it hung on the wall for too long because it has bad fret work.