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There's a hole in my Mexican J Bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by llldino, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. llldino


    Dec 16, 2012
    Heya. Just ripped the pickguard off my MIM Fender Jazz Bass a few minutes ago and found a curious dimple in the body just to the left of the neck pickup. Why's that there?

    If I had to guess, I'd say it's because the factory makes a stock body, and the hole is there to add a feature that may be present in some models but not in others.

    What do you guys think?

  2. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Guide hole for the pin router?
  3. uOpt


    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    No, that is some manufacturing artifact. I think it's for the router guidance? Something like that.
  4. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    There's no feature on any other model instrument that Fender makes that would make use of this hole in the body.
    It is most likely there for the CNC machine to serve as some sort of an indexing feature to allow consistent production.
  5. llldino


    Dec 16, 2012
    That makes some sense. Thanks guys/gals
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Your bass has a bunghole ... heheheheh ...

  7. el basso

    el basso Supporting Member

  8. LWagner


    Dec 6, 2010
    Simi Valley Ca
    folks on this board call that the crater of doom
  9. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    CNC index hole
  10. Joe Murray

    Joe Murray Supporting Member

    May 14, 2008
    Fairfax, VA
    Fender puts that hole there to annoy us all, they do it with their American Standards as well. Totally ruining the complete appeal of their sunburst finishes (under the pickguard is where the colors all come together, it's gorgeous) except for that CNC index hole eyesore. Such a shame.
  11. audioglenn


    Jul 14, 2012
    I've got the same hole on my MIM J bass. I would have to agree with Phendyr Loon's explanation.
  12. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    stash box, of course!:)
  13. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    You can not fit enough in it to make it worth taking out all the screws and then trying to put them back in after you did your stash.
  14. Kerry_King


    Dec 15, 2011
    west hollywood, ca
    Artist Relations: Get'm Get'm/LOXX USA
    I have this on my 1998 USA tele as well. It's too bad.
  15. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    Booger stash box??
  16. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    When I read the title, all I could think of was "...dear Liza, dear Liza...."
  17. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    It's not a bug, it's a feature. Supposed to be there.
  18. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I'm a step away from living with it and taking the guard off my MIA P. I love the look without the guard, except for that dang hole!!
  19. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    That bass actually does look pretty good w/out the pickguard,, maybe some white pup covers?
  20. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    depending on what kind of stash we're talking about... in the 60's (and of course in many cases nowadays) that could have come in handy ;)

    Also, RIPTOPAZ, wine cork!