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Nice QC there, Fender...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sleeplessknight, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. sleeplessknight

    sleeplessknight Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    So for those of you following my '08 Std Jazz saga, I finally had some time to take her apart this evening. I loosened the strings, took out all the bajillion little screws on the control plate, pickguard, bridge, all that good stuff, and she came apart like buttah. I immediately noticed something amiss...


    More pics here:

    For those of you who've never taken your Jazz bass apart before, there's supposed to be a ground wire there that connects the bridge/strings to ground in the control plate. Whoever assembled this bad momma-jamma kinda neglected to put one in there... :p

    It was a quick fix, I just ran a wire from the bridge to the pot, soldered it, put everything back together, tuned her up, and shzam! Gone was the annoying buzz. However, I wasn't too pleased about that HUGE route right in the center of my gorgeous, gorgeous J-bass. Does anyone know why they did that? Also, what's with the dime-sized drill-hole a little forward of the control plate/neck pickup route?

    Original Fender wiring diagram (how it's supposed to look) here:
  2. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    luckily you have that nice pickguard to cover up the ugly routing.

    my fender's have that hole too. if i remember correctly it's where the machine holds onto the bass or something to that effect.
  3. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Amazing, can't believe that was omitted. And the family-size route? I hate that too. It takes more time and wear on a bit in a CNC to do that than to just do the pup route. Sure they'd have 2 tool changes, but yer already doing it for the bridge pup, so come on already Fender, start realizing some people like to take the pickguards off. It's a nice look. Other makers have proven that.

    Oh, and that pther hole is either a registration point for the CNC, or a place to slap the dowel rack dowel during finisheing / drying. Also mega ultra lame.
    Fender uses a seconds long UV light curing process in their finishes, so WHY the rack time? screw her on with a neck pocket rod like sane people do, hang THAT on a rack and cure it and get on with it.
  4. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Actually, I kinda like the big route on my MIM P as compared to the MIJ P. Much, much, easier to put shielding in the big route then a hole :p
  5. In a perfect world, with properly grounded and shielded components, you wouldn't need that ground wire to the bridge. But we know how perfect this world is.

    The rout is unfortunate; you really aren't going to want to run that baby without a pickguard. I have a Classic 60s Jazz, and there are no extraneous routs; take off the pickguard and the only thing marring a perfect sunburst finish is the screw holes.

    Yeah, the single, round rout is a CNC index hole; a metal peg goes in there, and it's used by the system as a reference point for all the other cuts. Bummer that.

  6. Laredo


    Nov 27, 2005
    Upstate, NY
    I would feel the same way, if my '08 Std had the same issue when new............Nice catch though with the ground wire! :cool: I think that pick up and control routing is just a cost cutting measure. I bet it saves on assembly time too, especially if you leave wire out! :eyebrow: I'm sure your bass will rock now, they really are nice! No more "sleeplessknight"(s) for you! :bag:

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