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Is this tuning machine off center? (Side load issue)

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by sharpx13, Nov 9, 2017.


  1. sharpx13

    sharpx13

    Dec 17, 2012
    New York
    hello all,
    Forgive my ignorance if I’m massively overthinking this...but I was getting very close to pulling the trigger on an American standard jazz from 2015 when I noticed the e string past the nut is not entirely straight to the tuning machine. From what I understand this could cause side load which may hurt the nut down the road. Is this significant to anyone’s eyes or nothing to worry about? Here is a pic of the headstock. 66915D56-7798-4FDA-B4F9-C5299A7A1FAA.

    I hope I’m just way over thinking it Because the bass is beautiful. Just wanted to be sure before I lay down a good chunk of change on what would be my first American fender!
     
  2. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    There might be a little bit of an angle but it could also be an optical illusion from the camera position. I don't think it's anything that will cause problems.
     
  3. RSBBass

    RSBBass

    Jun 11, 2011
    NYC
    Pleanty of basses have less than optimal streight line from the tuner to the nut. If it sounds good and doesn't habe tuning issues you are good to go.
     
  4. Here are photos of my American Deluxe P, and J.
    These are spectacular instruments, and have not given me any trouble at all.
    I think it's normal for there to be a slight angle from the nut to the tuner post. (Or, they all photograph this way).

    image. image.
     
  5. sharpx13

    sharpx13

    Dec 17, 2012
    New York
    Thanks guys for the feedback! Was thinking it could be the camera angle as well. Always helpful to have another set of eyes. Might just have a NBD incoming shortly...
     
  6. tlc1976

    tlc1976

    Aug 2, 2016
    Michigan
    It might become straighter once the E string is tightened more, or settled in. It does look like it's not quite tight to the tuning post. That slight angle I wouldn't worry about one bit. Really there are a lot of basses that some angle there, and some even have a ridiculous angle. Even though it drives my OCD nuts, I'll play it. But if it was my build they would all be straight.
     
  7. Of all the things I might worry about relative to an instrument, that would be close to dead last.
     
  8. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    That's an illusion caused by the break angle over the nut. If you center your eye/lens over the string instead of over the headstock that angle goes away.
     
  9. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Fender has been making basses that way since, oh, somewhere around 1951.
     
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  10. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Tarnished pickguard screws?
     
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  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I hate when that happens.
     
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