Is this something to worry about? New Bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mario mendoza, Nov 23, 2021 at 9:23 PM.

  1. mario mendoza

    mario mendoza

    Jul 12, 2006
    Hi All,

    I 've been looking at an early Christmas present. : )

    I thought I'd finally found what I was looking for.

    The seller has posted some hi-res shots and I noticed some strange "bleeding" from the base of the neck at the joint.

    I'm not sure what to make of this?? Anyone seen anything like this before? I'm certain that it's not a deal breaker.... Super curious though.

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  2. And I

    And I

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    Hard to tell exactly but it may be the end of a neck shim?
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  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Ask for a pic with the neck off. I think that's reasonable, considering.
  4. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Ask him if he can explain it.
  5. Tubehed


    Oct 27, 2011
    Westminister, CA
    Looks like it could be. I know some people use window screen mesh that can fray on the edges like that.
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  6. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Just me? Is this bass totally badass?
  7. Thummel


    Jun 24, 2007
    West Texas
    Ya, I think it looks like shim material also. Probably not a problem.
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  8. jblock


    Mar 20, 2004
    Looks a little like mold.
  9. Torren61


    May 25, 2011
    If you zoom in, it's the end of some shim wood. I don't know why they couldn't have trimmed it better though. Ask him what it is.
  10. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Looks like a shim that the installer just broke off rather than trim it cleanly
  11. I agree with the other posters. Congrats on a new bass. Like the color.
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  12. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    OMG, the bass body hair is not treated well.......

    How about take it off to see what actually happen.
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  13. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    As others have mentioned, kinda hard to tell, but whatever it is, it does not appear to be a serious defect / condition that would affect the bass in the long term.
  14. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
    Sure looks like a badass finish.
  15. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    The mojo is trying to escape.
  16. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    This will fix it right up!
    Yahboy, Real Soon, soulstew and 21 others like this.
  17. Do sellers actually do this for a non-vintage instrument? I imagine they’d say no and wait for the next buyer.
  18. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
  19. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    IANA tech, but...

    I've heard of people putting a piece of window screen in the neck pocket, as others have mentioned. AFAIK the purpose wasn't to shim the neck (i.e., change the angle of the neck), though. It was to keep the neck from shifting side-to-side in the pocket, which was often a problem back in the day of loose neck pockets. But with a five-bolt config, I wouldn't figure it would move much, anyway...
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  20. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Looks like a shim. That's a "normal" thing in the Fender world. Why you have to do that is...well, a well designed and made bass shouldn't need that, but looking past that, it's not a big deal.
    Torren61 likes this.
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