Question: Should I return this bass (hairline cracks in neck)?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by notalumberjack, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. notalumberjack


    Jun 5, 2020
    Just bought a used bass online and the packing was a bit concerning.

    After careful inspection I noticed the following on the neck by the joint. Would appreciate any feedback on if this is something that yall think should warrant a return.

  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Are those actually cracks? Can you feel an indentation in the wood? They do not look like cracks to me. They could possibly be tool marks that weren’t sanded away properly? Anyway, that doesn’t look like any type of shipping damage. Also, that boxing and packing job was pretty sweet! :rollno:
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  3. notalumberjack


    Jun 5, 2020
    No, I cannot feel any indention in the wood. Thanks for the feedback Slater, I was concerned that the bad packing job potentially stressed the neck at the joint during shipping and caused damage. Cheers!
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  4. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Those lines are most likely just cosmetic. I’m not sure what might have caused them to be there.
  5. buldog5151bass

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

    Oct 22, 2003
    I would take it to a local shop and get it checked to see if it is just cosmetic or more.
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  6. Arie X

    Arie X

    Oct 19, 2015
    wood is weird. possibly growth marks. something causing a local change to the tree when when it was maturing. excess lingum, a cut, a bruise, etc... not a structural issue.

    that box, that should go back. that's some real folk-art packaging.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2020
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  7. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Wow, I don't think I would have accepted that package.
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  8. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    That’s actually better than some of the pack jobs on basses I have bought. I can’t say that I would be overly concerned about those marks unless they were flexing open. If you can’t even feel them, they might just be grain or tool marks.
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  9. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Those are color streaks in the wood, caused by a sudden growth spurt. Maybe especially wet weather just as the sap was rising, or a storm that stressed that section of wood.
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  10. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Your neck is growing hairs, that can be resolved on a monthly basis at the barber shop...:laugh:
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  11. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    The streaks are naturally occurring.
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  12. notalumberjack


    Jun 5, 2020
    This community rocks! Thanks for all the quick replies and peace of mind :bassist:
  13. I agree, I don’t think they are cracks. Try looking at them with a magnifying glass.
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  14. sonic 7

    sonic 7

    Aug 10, 2011
    Queens, N.Y.C.
    Although I agree that those aren’t cracks, That’s definitely not how to ship a guitar .
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  15. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    I see the headstock is completely bubble wrapped, was the neck bubbled the same? That box looked terrible but in the end it's your cash, your call.
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  16. notalumberjack


    Jun 5, 2020
    Unfortunately, the neck was not wrapped. The 3rd pic in the OP is exactly how it looked in the box.
  17. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Buying instruments online is the same as buying car parts online.
    If you know A LOT about car parts you'll probably do OK. If you don't, go to a parts store.
    P.S. Your neck is fine, that's just how wood is.
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