Is this Gap anything to worry about?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by maston, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. maston


    Jan 13, 2008
    Hi there, i have a Deluxe Jazz bass. It has a small gap in the neck pocket and was wondering if it was anything to be concerned about? It hasn't caused any problems yet (I have had it for about 1 year) however if anyone here has has a similar problem i would appriciate some advice as to weather or not this is going to cause a problem in the long term and what to do about it!!


  2. nope. just make sure the neck bolts are snug to the plate, (NOT SUPER TIGHT) and you should be a-ok.
  3. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Not unless you need a new pair of chinos and a polo shirt. ha ha ha ha.

    I'm here all week.

    Seriously, that neck pocket is a little roomy but shouldn't be a problem.
  4. Don't worry, it won't be a problem.
  5. Remember, wood has to have a little room to expand.
  6. maston


    Jan 13, 2008
    cool, cheers guys!
  7. dbcandle


    Jan 30, 2008
    I have a MIM Jazz "standard", with about twice that gap (snug on the other side). It annoys me, but I just got it as a "second bass" to slap on.

    In looking at the store, it seems like all the Fenders I look at have a gap.
  8. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Don't 'Mind the gap' hee hee hee.
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    As long as the neck isn't moving sideways, it shouldn't be a problem.
  10. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    I would adjust it; not because of the gap, but because of the excessive distance between your E string and the edge of the neck. It's hard to tell from the angle of your pictures, but it looks like you have a LOT more margin from the E to the edge of the neck than from the G string to the edge of the neck. It also looks like the the pickguard should be filed down to allow the neck to be racked over a little. If you do that keep an eye on how your strings line up with the pickup poles. I'd guess they're leaning heavily towards the G side as it is now.

    You might be able to just remove the pickguard screws, rack the neck, and tighten the screws without having to file the p/g.
  11. staindbass


    Jun 9, 2008
    its ok, wood shrinks and expands, you cant help it. this is why some guitars are more expensive and u cant tell by lookin at them. seasoned wood. the more the wood is left to sit and 'season', the less it will change after cutting / ect stabilises after awhile. some wood is seasoned for 4 years. at carvin, they cut the ebony blanks for the necks and then store them for 2 years before finally using them. its normal on most guitars. johnny a.
  12. maurilio

    maurilio Guest

    May 25, 2003

  13. 69nites


    Jul 11, 2006
    I would make shims to make that neck pocket fit properly.

    I would also stab the eye of the man who made it ::hides::
  14. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Don't mind the gap.

    But dig the Gap Band!
  15. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
  16. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Congratulations. You own a correctly fit, completely normal Fender bass.

    Tighten the neck screws and play it.
  17. maston


    Jan 13, 2008
    thanks for the reply's everyone. Here are better pics of the neck, and pickups. showing the distance of the E and G from the side of the neck, and the position of the strings in relation to the pole pieces.


  18. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    First, your strings are FINE. They are located well within the range of the pickups. The strings don't have to be 100% centered over or between the exposed poles. No problem there.

    Second, if you want to change the alignment of your strings relative to the edges of the neck, then loosen the screws, push the neck over so that the strings are where you wnt them. Tighten the screws and play it.

    There are no problems visible with this bass as far as I'm concerned. Enjoy it.
  19. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    If that has a bridge like my Fender did you have the option to have about three or four string locations on the bridge. The "B" string on my Fender Jazz was a little off like that, but it was because I didn't pay attention to the bridge saddle. Take a look!