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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mlafrancis, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. mlafrancis


    Jun 26, 2008
    This is probably a stupid question, but i've neevr had a bass (or guitar) with this before, and i couldnt find any info anywheres.

    On my new fender (MIM Fender Precision Bass Special Deluxe Series), on the back of the neck, theres this strip of wood (i think its walnut). Whats that for?

    My ibanez basses never had anything liek that so i never tried to find out before.

    Thanks for your help!

  2. It covers the truss rod route. It is an indication of the manufacturing process used to install the truss rod in the neck.
  3. mlafrancis


    Jun 26, 2008
    haha thanks man, i new it was a stupid question
  4. Basses without that strip have the rout done under the fretboard. That's why you didn't see it on the Ibanez.
  5. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    It is not. :)


    That strip of wood is known as the "skunk stripe".
  6. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    Its normal, I had the same question when I got both of my Fenders.

    At least you didnt ask what was better, a P or J! ;)
  7. Oh yeah- what's the difference between a P and a J? LOL
    sorry- couldn't resist...

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