Thursday, 22 October 2009
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Sheldon, I noticed that when I started using the neck shim that came with my ABII, it made a major dead spot show up. My bass was made in '03 and came with a cork shim. I was wondering if you had different shims, perhaps a different material that wouldn't be such a tone killer. Otherwise, the shim has been great and I'd love to get a DW built this way at the factory, so I guess I'll need to grab a Z or Prima someday :) [/u]
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We've tested for tone changes with the shims and have never noticed any dead-spots developing. The material we use is hard mdf, not cork. Can you send me a photo of the shim to confirm it's factory stock?
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I'm certain it's the factory stock one, given that its packaging (number code and ziploc bag) matches your handwriting on everything else I have. It is MDF, I just didn't remember correctly without having it in front of me. I also don't feel like disassembling the bass to take a picture lol. I guess I may just need to tighten down the bolts. They're pretty tight but I was worried about stripping the holes.
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If the bolts are tight, I'd leave them. There's a little ledge at the back of the neck pocket that the neck butts up against. It is possible that the end of the neck might be sitting on top of that. I'd check to make sure. You might even be able to tell by looking at how much heel is proud of the body face. If it's more than the thickness of the shim, then that tells you that it's sitting on the ledge. If not, there are two options then. 1. Pull out the shim and saturate it with thin CA glue. Careful, this is trickier than it sounds. Wear eye protection. 2. Have a luthier (or us) sand angle into the heel and re-do the finish.
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