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Tell me what probably caused this

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by T-Forty, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    This is way high on the fretboard directly over the neckplate.

    Did someone tighten the screws in the plate too tight?

    Doesn't affect playing..just wondering.

  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    It looks really dry to me. It may be the combination of tension from the neck bolts and being too dry. Do you ever oil the fret board? BTW I'm just guessing based on the pic.
  3. Bardley


    Nov 16, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    That's what I was thinking too.
  4. RobertUI

    RobertUI Thumper Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Herndon, VA - NoVa
    isn't that where the truss rod tension ends/begins?
  5. If this is on a T-40, it could be from cranking the neck tilt too much. It's like a dull arrowhead pressing up on the neck right about there. The screws would be pulling down on either side as the neck tilt pushes up in the center.
  6. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    I dunno.
    Doesn't look like drying out to me.

    It could be a trussrod thing?
  7. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Aggressive play? :bassist:
  8. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    This is on a Fender American Vintage Series Precision
  9. HogieWan


    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA

    dry wood trying to contract around that inlay = crack
  10. thumpbass1


    Jul 4, 2004
    Having had career experience with furniture, it does look very much like a season crack to me. It looks like the effects of a dry fretboard, working off of the spot where the fret position marker is. A competent guitar repair tech could take care of that for you assuming they have good wood shop and basic luthiery skills. I have to agree with HogieWan on this one.
  11. T-Forty

    T-Forty Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    I need to get it set up properly. The action through the middle frets is really high and when you sight down the neck from the bridge you can see the neck bowing back through the middle and then back up towards the headstock. When I get it tuned up I'll make sure they oil the board.

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