There is a hole in Bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by avattz, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. avattz


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    I was testing the grounding on my guitar when I started wondering what that hole was for right below the bottom horn, was it used to transport contraband?

    Also what is that white powder all over the cavity, and is okay to remove it?


    Edit: Also I thought the finish on the guitar was the cheaper "photo" finish, but the bottom horn doesn't have that red outline. Does that mean that the finish was done manually like American Jazz Basses?
  2. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    What???? Pics please...
  3. What does the powder smell like?
  4. FunkyMcNasty


    Dec 4, 2010
    We may need a little more info on this one.
  5. FunkyMcNasty


    Dec 4, 2010
    Yeah, or lick it and tell us what it tastes like.
  6. avattz


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    Sorry, forgot the picture, can take more this afternoon.
  7. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It's a locator for the CNC machining process.

    Or a place to hide a tiny amount of an illicit substance, from what I've heard.
  8. Typical on the MIM & even most MIAs, now. That top on your MIM Active Dlx body isn't a photo, it's a veneer that is then painted. The back will have one too.
  9. avattz


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    So what guitars have that cheap photo finish printed on? I thought MIMs had that kind of finish since they were budget basses.
  10. Runlikegregg


    Dec 31, 2011
    that's a lot of trouble for a very small amount of contraband.
  11. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    That hole is on most MIM bodies, but not on MIA bodies. Any MIA bass that has that hole, which are only a few in the model line, probably had the bodies made in Mexico and shipped up here for painting and assembly.

    It's unlikely that hole is associated with the CNC process. The subject has come up many times, and not one shred of proof has arisen. Almost all companies use CNC machines to manufacture guitar bodies. None but MIM Fenders seem to have that odd hole.
  12. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    It's a basshole
  13. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    A number of Fender basses and guitars have them... some have three. I'm assuming it's used for tooling alignment during production as one answer alludes to in this post.

    However, I prefer to believe that it's a cavity intended to store some totem relic for the guitarist to imbue the guitar with his/her special mojo.

    or it makes the bass the all important half an ounce lighter.
  14. The hole (like people have said) is for CNC.

    The mysterious white powder is what's left over from a buffing compound from the factory. That kind of stuff is usually all along the inside of a strat{s trem rout as well.
  15. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    er...if the latter is true, I'm hoping the op did not sniff the powder as one post suggested to do. :)
  16. braud357

    braud357 Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Gonzales, LA
    It is where the government's tracking device goes. Cannot believe that they let one out without it --- CALL THE NSA !!!! As far as the white powder is concerned ------------- ! Actually - IvanMunoz is correct !
  17. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    It's the sweet spot of the bass's body. Fender removes the spot from MIM bodies to ensure their MIA line remains superior. I've heard rumours that the Chinese factories skip this process to cut corners, and this is why the Squier CV line is so good.
  18. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    The dude at Fender who shapes the bodies cuts the hole then keeps the a souvenir of every single bass Fender makes.
  19. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    It is the mojo storage cavity, and now that you've removed the pickguard, all the mojo evaporated and will have to be refilled (very expensive).
  20. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    Videos on youtube of the Ensenada plant suggest that the CNC machines don't need this as an anchor point. There is also video of a Strat body being cut out from a bigger blank that is bolted down.

    I wager Fender put it in there to denote MIM bodies. If you buy an American Special bass they will put an "American Special" decal under the finish on the back of the neck. I would imagine they loath the idea of their parts being upsold as something they aren't. Imagine if you couldn't discern between a MIM and MIA body... at least we all know the MIM bodies have the wee circular route under the pickguard! It is easier to identify a body this way; especially when Strat bodies, for example, all look much the same regardless of model.