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Does this happen to anyone elses neck/pickups?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by kirbywrx, Oct 6, 2003.


  1. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Ive noticed these lines on my bass for a while now, but they have never posed any threat, only aesthetically unpleasing. Im talking about the lines on the pickups and the marks on the 3rd and 2nd frets

    Is it doing any damage, or am i doing any thing wrong?

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  2. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    ...and this on the pickups

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    So what actually makes this happen? Is it the strings hitting the pickups? Im just really puzzeled :D

    Thanks
    -kirbo
     
  3. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    That's pretty much natural wear. It means you're playing and enjoying your bass.

    The marks on the pickups are typical. I think it may come from dead skin cells and dust kinda ground into the pickup cover over time. A little WD40 on a soft cloth will tone the marks down if they bug you.

    The wear on the fingerboard might be from repetitive use or an accident - one of my basses has similar wear from being run over by a car.;)
     
  4. Plucky

    Plucky

    Jun 18, 2002
    Underwater
    i think it could be sweat or dirt, or maybe the strings are too low and are making that marks. i really dont know, but i dont think its sweat or something of the sort because i think you clean your bass every one in while....dont ya?:D
     
  5. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Ido clean it about once a week, and no it hasnt been hit by a car :eek: :D

    They're not bugging me, i just thought there may be somethinfg wrong with the way i play or something. Meh, at least i can put my 'personal' touch on every bass i own :D
     
  6. What do you clean it with Kirbs?

    I find the Mr Sheen sprays are excellent for this. It takes a little bit of elbow grease and a soft cloth to remove it but they do come clean.

    Had the exact thing on my 'machine' :p

    :D:D

    Merls
     
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I've seen this on loads of old(er) basses - I don't know, but pickups are just magnets - so it always seemed quite natural to me that they would attract some stuff in this pattern. There must be quite a bit of metallic stuff coming off strings - they must be shedding particles which are attracted to the nearest magnets - always seemed perfectly logical to me!!?? ;)
     
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I see two things there! So the black lines I have seen on many basses that haven't been cleaned for a while - normal gunk etc that will come off with any type of furniture cleaner.

    The lighter patches visible below the 3rd fret are a bit more worrying - this looks like abnormal wear from over-use or over abrasive strings rubbing against the fretboard. I would guess at over-enthusiasm - playing too hard, gripping the neck rather than just holding down the strings as needed?

    Difficult to say without seeing you play - do you grip the neck and hook your thumb over the top of the neck - are you using a lot of effort to hold down the strings around the 2nd and 3rd frets?

    Can you play without putting any pressure on your left hand (fretting) thumb - just using yor left hadn fingers to hold down the strings with as light a touch as possible - this may help you avoid this kind of wear?

    If I was buying a used bass - the black lines would be no problem - although yucky!! But the lighter patches of wear, might put me off buying it. :meh:
     
  9. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    I do play hard, but i dont put my thumb over the neck, well, not that i have noticed. Ill try the lighter technique :)
     
  10. Round wound strings are famous for eating up frets. That's what the marks are from. Round wound strings.

    What strings do you use?

    ;) Treena
     
  11. You have many basses Phil... best give that one with the marks to me.... :p

    :D:D

    Merls
     
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well..they're famous for doing that to fretless boards - but I've never had that on any fretted basses I've owned - although I have always used roundwound strings. I used an Ibanez Musician for over 10 years - exclusively with roundwound strings and while it got the dark gunky lines - I never got light worn patches like that!
     
  13. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    I have 2 basses man. :D

    I use whatever strings i can get, although i have mostly used Warwick red labels, and i cant tell you what other brands i use, i just use whatever i can get my hands on.
     
  14. Bruce, I can't believe that you would disagree?

    He most likely plays using the first 5 frets .

    I've played bass for over 33 years and I see this on all kinds of basses, fretted and fretless. Round wound strings eat up frets as well as boards. (Especially Rosewood boards) That's one reason why I use ebony boards, the wood is harder.

    :rolleyes: Treena
     
  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well - I was saying that they don't have to! I have the evidence! ;) I can believe that it happens where people are gripping the neck too tightly and fretting the note inbetween frets, rather than just behind the frets.
     
  16. Bruce, you must have a delicate touch!

    :meh: Treena
     
  17. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    So I've been told!!!

    :D
     
  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    It happened to me all the time.

    Here is my one of my basses with a maple fretboard. it's hard to tell, but it's there.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1165576">
     
  19. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    It has also happened to my Geddy Lee Jazz:

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1165582">
     
  20. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Also, the bridge pickup tends to get wear from my pick.

    This bass has the worse wear on the p/u.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1165586">

    It seems like the strings are hitting his pickups causing wear. He can clean them all he wants, the wear won't clean off with a cloth. :)