Posted by Ed on April 13, 2000 at 11:41:03:
In Reply to: surface cracks posted by wire 154 on April 13, 2000 at 00:12:15:
: I just bought a used bass and there is a small surface crack where the neck and sides of the bass meet. It looks like the cracks are in the finsh being that that it is a fairly new bass and has not had the strings on for to long. Is this something I should be worried about?
Sorta. The fact that the finish is cracked means at some point the neck of the bass shifted enough (side to side)to break the varnish. It may have been repaired (mine has been), luthiers tend not to revarnish after such a repair ( in my experience). It's gonna be hard to tell without loosening your strings to the point that you have to be concerned about yer bridge moving and your soundpost dropping, so you may want to (as Mike says) get yer luthier to do this, but (with VERY loose strings) gently see if there is movemnet in the neck. I had a shoulder strap break on me, and everything seemed fine (over a coupla sessions and a gig) but when I took it in to get checked out and Sprocket loosened the strings, it was like watching a rubber band move around (the way the neck was moving). Regluing the neck joint is an easy (and inexpensive) repair, so sooner is better than later.
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