NBD - ugh, hidden damage!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bugeyed Earl, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. I've been looking for a cheap P bass for a few weeks, and have been watching the local craigslist prices for Squiers creep up inexplicably lately (aren't the prices supposed to drop as people get more desperate to unload their gear for extra holiday cash??)

    I spotted a bass advertised as a Fender/Squier with no photos and a link to a year-old youtube video, it turned out to be a Korean-made Fender Squier Series from the early 90's. The price seemed reasonable at $200, and I couldn't find anything comparable on the internet (plus it's kind of a novelty to find an example where the little "Squier Series" logo hasn't been sanded off...)

    The color wouldn't be my first choice, but it's a change from the sunburst or black basses that I usually see.


    The previous owner apparently doesn't own any tools, the strings have since been trimmed properly...

    I wasn't sure what this staining on the neck was at first, but on closer inspection it looks like someone rubbed ink or shoe polish into the grain, though it only stained the areas where the finish was worn. No big deal, at least it's not mold.


    I started stripping it down and found a few extra holes from pickguard swapping. Also no big deal, and on the upside, I was glad to see this is not one of the plywood bodied instruments from this series that are sometimes found.


    Took off the neck and found...


    Oh crap, it looks like someone hacked into the heel of the neck to get at the truss rod anchor! They used a screwdriver to hack out a chunk, then epoxied it all back together. Sloppy work, but the truss rod works fine.


    Now that I've found the hidden damage, I'm pretty sure I paid around double what it's worth, but I still consider it a keeper. It plays and sounds killer, and it's brought my recent buying spree to a close. The color is even starting to grow on me.
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  2. Old Fart

    Old Fart Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    The color is cool and if the truss rod works just fine, then you've got yourself a player. I'd probably take a bit of sandpaper to that neck. "Nude" necks feel the best anyway. Just don't sand too much.
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  3. Daedraziel


    Aug 19, 2013
    Toms River NJ
    That's unfortunate that you had to find those issues and Id be a little upset about that hack job on the neck. At the end of the day and after you got into it, it seems none of the problems are beyond repair. As long as the truss is working, it's a workable bass.

    I kind of like the color as well. Have fun with it!
  4. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I'd put a blue mirror or blue pearl pickguard on it just to make it a bit different than usual, but for $200 it's definitely a steal.
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  5. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
    At least it sounds and plays good. You could work on it without gettin all scared. FYI, the new ones are really good and don't cost much more so.
  6. Yep, I'm happy with it oveall, it's still plenty of bass for little money. I have a couple of pick guards on the way already :)
  7. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    I also like the color, a bit of a break from the norm!
  8. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Those are nice Squiers so even with the small damage its not a deal breaker. I have a late 80's MIK E series Squier that is killer.
  9. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    If you bought a bass that plays well, sounds good and you like for $200, you did good.
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  10. Oh god! I love the colour on that body!!! If you ever sell it, I want first crack!
  11. Bassology

    Bassology Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    I recongize that stain on the back of the neck, my guitarist's strat has the same thing from years of heavy playing. That's from sweat and dirt.

    In terms of the hack job on the heel, perhaps that was the only way they could pull the truss rod out and replace with a new one, even though it was an amateurish job. Look at the bright side, you could have gotten a bass with a broken truss rod.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2014
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  12. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    I really like the color. If it plays well, and sounds good, you've got a keeper.
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  13. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Use of the phrase "first crack" for this bass is too late. Already been cracked. :D
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  14. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    use it on your next gig,... during the final song do a blistering solo,... then,... look directly into the eyes of the sexy girl in the front row,.. SMASH IT into the stage,.. and give her the neck.
    any questions?,...
  15. And clean the rosewood!!! You never know what kind of junk and nasty stuff is embedded into it!!!! Just one cleaning and conditioning of the rosewood should last you at least a year or two depending on how much you play it.

    I did that when I got my MIM P from CL too. Right away, I took it apart, got rid of the old strings, cleaned EVERYTHING, including the neck and made sure there were no damages worth complaining about.

    I +1 the sanding off the finish on the back of the neck. I, too, prefer bare wood feel over all that gloss and stuff.
  16. I
    I promise to do that, if there's ever a sexy girl who gets lost and wanders into one of our shows.
  17. That's already been done, I have a habit of stripping down and cleaning any used gear that I buy. This one had some nasty finger smeg on the fretboard, but it looks great now.
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  18. Pokerdweebz


    Oct 26, 2012
    Lancaster, PA
    I just bought this exact bass in this exact color (except I'm left handed) for this exact price and it's waiting for me at home right now..... I can't wait to get off work to see it.
  19. Great habit to have; you never know what kind of mojo and weirdness used instruments have been through.
  20. That's an amazing coincidence, let's see some photos of yours! I was trying to figure out what this color is called, I've only seen a few examples - all Korean-made Squier Series from the early 90s.