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whats wrong with my neck

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by hyperlitem, Sep 30, 2001.


  1. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    i don't know if something is wrong with my bass or i just had never noticed this in the 7 years of playing stringed instruments. I'm gonna try to illustrate whats wrong so here we go. When i rest the bottom of the bass agains the floor and put my right hand agains the headstock, then push, lightly, against the back of the neck with my other hand. The strings then push against the fretboard. It feels like the neck is not durable at all. It stays in tune and everything, but it does not feel very strong, and i'm very worried. Is this how its supposed to be. I thought a thick piece of wood would be a little less flexible than this. I have a spector if that helps. Thanks for the advice in advance.
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Sounds normal to me, especially when it stays in tune afterwards.
     
  3. Sounds OK to me but you can always have a local shop look at it. Or even email Spector at info@spectorbass.com If you are still worried.
     
  4. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    You can make any bass or guitar do this. It's the nature of the beast. Go into a music store, strap on anything they have, hit an open note, and pull back toward yourself on the butt end of the body and the headstock. They'll all bend the note a little.

    "Don't worry be happy"
     
  5. shamuthewhale

    shamuthewhale

    Sep 26, 2001
    CANADA
    I was thinking
    is it a solid neck or a bolt on.
    If it is a bolt on perhaps the bolts need some tightening. If they were loose then guitar may not loose it's tuning...i don't think...I haven't had this problem before.
     
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    No, you see the same thing on neck-thru's too (i have one). It's perfectly normal.
     
  7. Comakazi

    Comakazi

    May 3, 2001
    Midwest US
    Well I remember a guitarist (I know, I know...), but he used to use that as a technique in his playing. He'd hit a note or chord and then grab the horn of the guitar and gently pull the neck back at the headstock and do bends that way...I think it was Adrian Belew.
     
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Billy Sheehan does it all the time.
    He pushes the neck forward and dives down 2 or 3 halfsteps, or just for some vibrato.
     
  9. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    yea thanks for the reassurance guys. It was just a big scare, for sum reason i had never realized this. Its a neck through spector. I had a shock when i pulled my vintage gibson SG out of the case after not playing it for monthes and the neck wa cracked all the way down. I took it into my shop and for sum reason it didn't look nearly as bad as i remebered it had been when i played it. The guy said it was just some checking and thats completely normal for a laquer finish. Well thanks again guys