February 15th, 2012, 12:44 PM
I have a 2008 sonic blue Squier 60s P bass that has just been sitting around since I bought i in May 2011.There was so much commotion about the CV series, that I grabbed it.. It was the last one and it had been hanging for some time, I suppose.... The neck has bowed more since then and I just now finished tightening the truss rod as much as I could go without the strings buzzing on the 1st fret on the G string. But it is still bowed on the E string side.. I know that the 'top' strings have more pull, but is this normal? If not, can it be fixed. Thanks..PS. I'm a guitar player and I have hardly played it....
February 15th, 2012, 03:13 PM
Depends on how bad it is... How big the difference between the two sides is I mean.
FWIW- I have never encountered a bolt on neck guitar or bass that didn't do this at least a little. Every strat, tele, P or J bass I have ever owned, as well as pretty much any other bolt on neck instrument, all do this to some degree.
Are you sighting from the headstock end, or the heel end? If you're sighting from the headstock end, try the other way 'round, you might be surprised by how different it looks from that direction.
I say if it's drastic, you have a twist, and it ain't coming out. If you can get it to play well, then just don't worry about it. Like I said, I've never encountered a Fender that didn't do this at least a little.
For some reason, my set neck and neck thru guitars never seem to have this issue. I am not a luthier, so I don't know, but I always thought it was just something inherent to bolt on design, as I have never seen one without it.
February 15th, 2012, 04:08 PM
Thanks Jakedog, It does play okay, now, and I have it pretty good now. I have owned and used a Dano Longhorn reissue, circa 1998, that I have used for recording my own demos, and that is as easy to play as butta'. I think I had better let a real bass player have a look and see if it plays as good as most P basses to him..... I haven't played this bass more than a total of maybe 2 hours in the year that I've had it. Thanks again. R..... PS. I'm sorry about your 'heart'.. My mom is from Springtown, Texas, about 30 miles from Fort Worth, so I think I know what you mean..
February 16th, 2012, 08:17 AM
Sounds like it needs a new neck to me. Fender has a pretty good warranty, might get it replaced for free.