Bolt-on neck problem: Too many screw holes!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by apkbass, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. apkbass

    apkbass Guest

    Feb 26, 2012
    I recently did a little shifting with the neck of my Ibanez ATK and found something I didn't expect. At the base of the neck, there are only supposed to be five holes for the five bolts, right? But for some reason, there is a complete sixth hole and a partial seventh hole that were drilled in completely random positions. But it doesn't stop there: right in the neck pocket, there is another extra screw hole. It doesn't make sense to me why these extra holes are there, and it makes me upset that quality control would have let them slip. It also seems that one of the screwholes isn't completely straight. With all these problems, it's fair to say that I have a faulty instrument. Should I try and get it replaced, or is it not worth it?
  2. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    One of the extra holes was for hanging it while it was painted.....
  3. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    If it bolts on tightly and accurately, I wouldn't worry about it.
  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    May we see a pic, please?

  5. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Just use the ones that work.
  6. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    What problems? Holes that you can't see, unless you take it apart?

    No. it's not worth it.
  7. sprocket123

    sprocket123 Guest

    Feb 15, 2012
    It might be a whole in order to adjust the neck tilt , check on with Ibanez in order to know what s forv .
  8. sprocket123

    sprocket123 Guest

    Feb 15, 2012
    The neck angle adjustment .
  9. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
  10. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    This is a standard ATK and not something crazy like a Bunker (tension-free) ATK, right?

  11. apkbass

    apkbass Guest

    Feb 26, 2012
    Ok, it does bolt on tightly but one of the screw holes is right next to the other one, so the bolt sometimes slips when going in. We're working on it with Ibanez right now and yes, the extra hole in the neck pocket is there for a reason, but the ones in the neck are most likely mistakes.
  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    How many times do you plan to bolt and unbolt this poor neck?
    Instruments rarely need for than a couple shimmings in their whole life.
  13. apkbass

    apkbass Guest

    Feb 26, 2012
    Yeah i guess you're right. I've only taken off the neck once.
  14. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Those extra holes are usually used for attaching the body and neck to holding sticks while painting. Some manufacturers make up holding sticks that fit the normal screw holes; others drill extra holes. As long as the extra holes aren't actually causing some problem, it's nothing to worry about.
  15. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    If the holes really bother you, you could always plug them with dowels, but they're not going to cause you any trouble of you just ignore them.
  16. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Ivebeenhad. Ok, relax, just kidding. Extra holes from the manufacturing process, the painting sticks others speak of. The real holes aren't made until final assembly. Would you want the neck attached with "used holes"? No. So it gets new ones for the neck screws at final.
  17. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician - Retired
    FWIW. I am selling a bunch of used holes I collected over the years. Though my prices will be quite low to start, I am open to offers. However you should be aware that the shipping costs can be quite high if you want your shipment insured - they have a tendency to get lost in the mail.
  18. Please post the size and quantities of the holes that you have for sale. Will you sell them as a set for a discount?
  19. Sixpack324

    Sixpack324 Guest

    Jan 10, 2012
    New Jersey
    That's what she said....

    Ba dum...Tss
  20. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician - Retired
    I am concerned about shipping them internationally. Not only do they seem to get lost in the mail (another customer said that when the package arrived it was empty), but they also seem to get caught in red tape.