Skunk Stripe Low Down

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by alembicfive, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. alembicfive


    Jan 17, 2003
    In the past I never gave it much thought, until the other day while cleaning my bass. What IS the deal with the "Skunk Stripe" (that dark piece of wood running down the back of the neck)?

    Both of my new Standard Jazzes have them (not complaining, kinda like the way it looks). I have read all sorts of stuff here and even on the Fender Forum, with no real answer.

    Does anyone know the real LOW Down?? Are they dropping in the truss rod from behind (even my Strat Standard has one) like the old days, or is it just for looks?? :meh:
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    As far as I know, it is from rear truss rod insertion...It would seem to make sense, as I can't imagine fender taking the time and extra cash to do it for just a visual thing.
  3. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Exactly correct.
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Truss rod goes in somehow. They do this with one piece maple necks as well. Really don't HAVE to do it with rosewood, but it's easier to maintain uniformity this way.