Mysterious hole in MIM Jazz Bass body

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pineweasel, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. pineweasel


    Nov 21, 2003
    Hi all,

    I recently removed the scratchplate of my Mexican Jazz lefty for the fist time, and was surprised to find a small circular cutout in the body - see attached image. I can't imagine what it's for; my assumption is that it was already present in one of the pieces used to create the body, and used because it was known that the scratchplate would cover it.

    Has anyone else seen anything similar in a MIM Fender?

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  2. jwsamuel


    Apr 26, 2004
    Telecasters have the same type of hole. My understanding is that they are used by the CNC machines to hold the wood during the manufacturing process.

  3. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    yeah, my MIM jazz has the same hole.
    It's painted over, so definitely something from the production process.

  4. I believe that the hole is used to hold the guitar whilst the colour and laquer are being applied. I could be worng?
  5. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    I don't think so. Mine's painted and laquered just as well as any visible part of the body. I'd lean towards the CNC explanation.
  6. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    IIRC it is due to the CNC process. On ALL MIM Instruments IIRC.
  7. pineweasel


    Nov 21, 2003
    Thanks, that's interesting. I guess the US factory doesn't use the same machinery then?
  8. jwsamuel


    Apr 26, 2004
    It's used to hold the body at some point during the process. I am not sure exactly when.

  9. toad


    Jun 26, 2002
    The MIA American Series basses have the same routing.
  10. I would imagine it's put in by the cnc, but not to hold it down, there's a vaccuum on the routing table for that. :D
  11. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    The bodies are cut in the US factory (as well as the necks) then sent to Mexico for final prep and finishing.

    Also the Classic 60's Jazz, which is MIM, does not have that strange little hole. But my standard MIM jazz did.
  12. That really makes no sense. Not that I'm doubting you, of course. You'd think that hole, for whatever reason, wouldn't be necessary. They're not found on SX's, and they use CNC machinery, too.
  13. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    My MiM jazz V has it too, Cant see the use of it either :meh:
  14. I've got a mim classic 60's and it doesnt have any such routing...
  15. bovinehost


    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    You put your weed in there.
  16. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    I haven't heard anyone other than me reference that sketch in years!
  17. :D Shweet... bastard to get at it tho...
  18. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Rock and/or Roll Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Beta Tester: Source Audio
    Speed holes to make your bass go faster.
  19. lol ^^

    i may just be being ignorant but what is CNC??
  20. alibloke


    Dec 17, 2004
    Bristol, England