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Hello all, just got a Super J in a trade with my old Combustion. Amazing bass! Two questions:

- I can feel the seams between the pieces on the 3 piece neck. Is that normal / an issue?
- where can I find the serial number?

Thanks!
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Serial number is on the back of the headstock (at least on the Super Js I've had).
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Aha, you're right... I just had to look extra carefully as it's stamped rather than printed as the Combustion was. Is there any way to tell when it was made from the serial?
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The serial numbers do not have a correlation to the date they were manufactured that I know of. I think they're sequential.

Does your SuperJ have skunk stripes on the back of the neck. Mine does and I can feel those seems. I am used to it and it's not really an issue. I attribute it to the different woods (maple verses walnut) and how they react to humidity changes over time. I believe that is fairly common for lightly/unfinished necks.
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It doesn't have a skunk stripe, but it does have three parallel pieces of woods laminated together along the fingerboard section of the neck. As long as others have the same I won't worry... I did have an old Tune six-string that started to develop a split between laminates years ago which is why I wanted to check.
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[quote="therealting":216d0173]It doesn't have a skunk stripe, but it does have three parallel pieces of woods laminated together along the fingerboard section of the neck. As long as others have the same I won't worry... I did have an old Tune six-string that started to develop a split between laminates years ago which is why I wanted to check.[/quote:216d0173]

Don't freak about feeling the neck seams. And yes, ever Dingwall owner who gets their first multilam neck has the same thoughts. ;)

Due to the thinness of the finish used on the necks (and on some models/years the fact that it's an oil or wax finish), they do expand and contract a bit. I've had 3 Dingwalls and all three have had differing amounts of seam 'bump'.

For the record, your SJ has 5 neck laminates. :) If you look down toward the neck heel or up near the headstock you should see the 2 vestigial lams that mostly go away when they carve it to shape.

Those neck laminates are doing their job. They're usually oriented in opposite directions, so that the 'contract' opposite from each other in a push/pull situation and keep your neck stable.
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Thanks Bill. I knew about the five lams at the headstock which is why I mentioned 3 along the fingerboard section (:

Glad to hear everything is ok. As I said, I had an old Tune six string that started developing a split which was why I just wanted to check.
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Yup, I have a pre-fire Voodoo Prima with a mutli-lam neck and I can feel the seams a bit down near the first position. I have become used to it and I think it would probably feel weird if they weren't there! :lol:

It is the only one of all of my Dingwalls owned (past and present) that has that. So I was first a bit concerned, but it is something I really don't notice or think about anymore when playing it.
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I would ask Sheldon about it - I notice subtle (very subtle) neck seams on basses with multipart necks but assume he would address if it was a concern.
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If Sheldon is coming to the London Bass Show, I might bring it for him to cast his eye over.
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Two of three of my former Warwick basses had the same noticable seams, but that was no issue at all.
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