Is this crack just cosmetic, or should I be worried?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Simon Nyberg, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. Simon Nyberg

    Simon Nyberg

    Mar 30, 2020

    I just got an amazing parts bass yesterday. I'm really happy with it overall. However I found a crack near the neck pocket on the body, which is an American Fender jazz bass body.

    I now wonder if this is purely cosmetic or if it will affect the bass in a bad way over time? I got it for a good price and don't really care if it's not a big problem that can't be fixed...

    Thanks for you help!

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  2. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    That looks just Cosmetic. I would maybe dab a little clear Nail polish on the crack and rock it.
  3. Simon Nyberg

    Simon Nyberg

    Mar 30, 2020
    Thanks! Then I'll just play it and hope it's fine
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  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    looks "just cosmetic" to me, too --- but if that whole piece just 'chunked off' it still would have no effect on the sound/playability. congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
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  5. Simon Nyberg

    Simon Nyberg

    Mar 30, 2020
    Okay, then I have nothing to worry about! Thanks a lot for your time
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  6. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Fenders are supposed to be a little beat up. :cool: I'd play it.
  7. Bajo Clarkko

    Bajo Clarkko

    Aug 9, 2015
    If you have any concerns, try not to play anything faster than 160-180 BPM. You should be fine.

    (Many years ago I did some cosmetic work on a sales managers brand new Nissan 300 ZX. As I handed him the keys, I said, “That’s a really nice car, but it starts to shimmy at about 120. You might want to have that looked at”. Complete deadpan on my part. He stared at me for a second. I grinned, and he realized that I was joking. Eh, maybe you had to be there. :woot:)
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  8. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    It does look pretty insignificant, not structural. The color is nice.
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  9. Simon Nyberg

    Simon Nyberg

    Mar 30, 2020
    That's probably the best way to look at it
  10. Simon Nyberg

    Simon Nyberg

    Mar 30, 2020
    I can imagine Well a good laugh is always great, really can't blame you
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  11. Simon Nyberg

    Simon Nyberg

    Mar 30, 2020
    Thanks! Yeah, I really like it. Right now there's an allparts neck on it. As it used to be a fretless bass. But I'm looking for great deals on fender neck so I can get the "full experience" of owning a real fender. It's actually my second bass, first one was a squier.
  12. EatS1stBassist


    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Remove neck Tape around the crack so that only the crack shows then Put baking soda in the crack then hit it with super glue the thin kind. Stand back and don’t breath the fumes!
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  13. I've got a similar crack in my Precision Special and mine is just in the finish. I just keep playing it. Its just fine.
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  14. Simon Nyberg

    Simon Nyberg

    Mar 30, 2020
    Might try this! Thanks.
  15. Simon Nyberg

    Simon Nyberg

    Mar 30, 2020
    Then I don't have to worry really! Thanks for your answer.
  16. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    True. Plus, you can fight your way out of a bar with a Fender or most Fender-style basses.

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  17. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    That looks cosmetic, and likely will fall off at some point.
    I'd hit it with some clear nail polish, or, possibly, a drop of CA.
  18. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I'd also say this was just a finish crack. If you took off the neck, you could see if that little piece of wood was "loose" or not. If so, Titebond it to secure it.
    And, if you REALLY want to hide it, look for a red metallic fingernail polish that matches the paint (I bet you could find one) and carefully fill that crack. I've hauled several guitar bodies to the local drug store and the girls that work there are always glad to help me find the "best match" color.
  19. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    I would do nothing and play, this is just a cosmethic and after a few years it will disconnect from rhe bass and give a bit to a vintage look.
  20. Super common. Don’t worry about it. Rare is the Fender that doesn’t get it at some point.