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Crack in my bass

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Stroud, Feb 22, 2009.

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  1. Rano Bass

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    That looks bad!
    Good luck, hope it gets fixed.
     
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    That looks bad! :eek:
    Good luck, hope it gets fixed.
     
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    That'll be an easy fix.Maybe a couple of epoxy rods & she'll be sweet.
     
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    I agree that you have to take her to a luthier, but I don't think it will be hard to fix...
     
  5. Stroud

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    Yeah I've been chatting to a luthier. Small job but something that needs fixing asap due to to damage that moisture will cause.

    I have another couple of gigsnext week but after that a free few days. I'll get it to him then :d
     
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    Along with the repair, consider a design upgrade
    to a less modern approach ... talkin bout a neck
    plate. A plate can be fabricated for any pattern
    of bolts, and the luthier can plane flat the area
    where the plate will fit. Squeezing the body, and
    all the repair work, between the neck wood and
    a stainless steel plate will reinforce the repair vs
    sticking with the more modern 'seperate screws'
    style, which will only continue to stress the area.

    The most secure design is to employ an overly
    long neck plate that extends beyond the neck
    pocket to 2 more anchor screws about 2 inches
    past the actual neck joint.

     
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    You know the ONLY reason I can think of that they did away with the neck plate was 'cause they thought it looked cool. I really see no advantage to losing it.
     
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    The neck plate isnt really needed coz of the extremely close tolernces in the neck pocket,which iirc is .10 of a mm.
    I'm not certain but basses with neck plates have no metal screw bushes.Is that right?
     
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  9. I-play-bass

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    Yeah it's true.

    The plate acts as one large bushing that all screws can divert their stress over, so it's on a much larger surface area that just a single bushing.
     
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    Too much heavy gigging I suppose... nothing wrong with that!

    The pro is the way to go!
     
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    Ouch - looks nasty.

    Have it sorted by a good luthier, and you'll be back in business in no time.

    :d
     
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    Looks fixable Alex. Good thing it's a bolt-on in the worse case scenario.
     
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    I wouldn't worry too much mate - a pretty easy fix - a good luthier can work wonders!:d
     
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    And, thus, such a crack may not have happened. Course you can't contour the back of the body like you can with the individual washers.

    You know the only necks I've ever had issues with on bolt on basses was those that had the individual washers rather than the plate.
     
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    Doog suggested I post the corospondence from the luthier I'll be using;

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    Hi Alex

    A quite common kind of problem and sorted quite easily. The important thing is that understand that these cracks are letting in moisture and this will cause more problems.

    I keep a stock of a special industrial, ultra thin, high wetting glue for this type of job. I had a much worse problem on a Wal Bass in 2007- quickly sorted with no sign of the problem returning so far. It belongs to one of my long-standing pro customers so he will immediately return it to me if there are signs of further problems.

    I doubt there is much loss of strength as yet but it's best checked in detail for movement. I'd want to remove the neck and check the whole pocket and seal it of necessary.

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    Hi Alex

    I have a 3-4 weeks waiting list but always have a bit of time put aside for smaller repairs.

    I'd say 2 hours work - including stripping the neck out and sealing all possible moisture entry point including the neck mounting screw holes as well as the cracks. I particularly want to examine the endgrain in the neck pocket. Drop it off when you have a quite sopt and I'll work it around current jobs. £40ish

    I'd check the whole guitar at the same time and clean out the electrics etc. at the same time.
     
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    one of my guitars broke the headstock (regular washburn guitar, not a bass) and I took it to a good luthier, they glued it chagred me close to $150 USD and it plays like new and has no more issues. they even guaranteed their work. ;)
     
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    The correspondence has all the right remarks.
    I'd feel OK dealing with him. Price seems cool.


     
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    Wow. Smooth fretboard. And where can I get such a strap? That looks so comfy!
     
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    Seems like a good price for the repair, we demand new pictures when it's fixed.
     
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