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Rick Andrews and other experts answers guitar repair questions
For almost one year, guitar luther Rick Andrews answered your guitar repair questions. After recieving over 500 questions we put together the most popular questions and answers. Today, we are involving other great guitar builders and will continue to expand this area in the future. This section will no longer be interactive but you should find most of your guitar building and repair questions have already been answered in this section.

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  •  Fender Bass neck crack? Urgent
    From: "Seth Kellogg"
    Subject: Fender Bass neck crack? Urgent

    Hello, I just recently stumbled upon an Early 80's Fender P Bass 57 reissue style neck for sale. The seller told me about a small hairline crack on the back of the neck. But he does not know if it is in the finish or the wood.

    I have attached a picture that displays the crack. Do you have an opinion on what it is?

    If you could get back to me soon that would be great. I have to get back to the guy by May 2nd.
    Thank you for your time.

  • Ricks Answer to - Fender Bass neck crack? Urgent
    From: "Rick Andrews"
    To: "Seth Kellogg"
    Subject: Re: Fender Bass neck crack? Urgent

    From what I can see in the photo it looks like the black line is crossing over the grain which makes me think it may be only a lacquer crack and not a crack in the wood.

    If you will notice the black line is not a sharp clean crack line but is a wide smudge looking line. It aklmost looks like a mark from something or a crack in the finish and the moisture and grit got rubbed into the finish crack and smudges under the finish.

    It is hard to say for sure, but even if it is a crack in the wood it can be repaired. If I really wanted the neck I would get it and play it and just keep an eye on it. If it is cracked in the wood itself it will eventually open up enough you can tell for sure.

    Of course you can strip or sand the finsih off down to the bare wood and it may dissapear and a new finish can be tinted to give the original appearance of the vintage finish. If it is a wood crack then it needs to be opened enough to get glue pressed deep into the crack and then clamped properly and that will make it good as new and no visible damage at all.

    If it is a good price and you want it then it can be fixed but it looks to me like it is likely to be the finish. Only when stripped down to the bare wood can you know for sure. Hopefully this will help you.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar

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