Does “Fender licensed” mean quality?

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  1. Stiles

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    To be a “Fender licensed” neck, does that mean precise dimensions? Fender quality (whatever that means)? An exact replica of an actual Fender product?
    Curious if anyone knows...
     
  2. PingGuo

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    It means they have the license to use the fender headstock shapes. And that fender gets a cut from each neck they make.
     
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    and presumably Fender has had input into specs/quality, given that they wouldn't want to have their name attached to crap
     
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    Well you can presume what you wish, but without visibility into the terms of their licensing contract, all you know is what @PingGuo states.
     
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    Means somebody paid Fender for use of their design....that is about all. Think about all those Fender licensed cables and accessories sold that are just above garbage. I really don't think Fender requires any quality standard on those necks, they are "licensed by" and not "endorsed by".
     
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    Warmoth used to have the licensing agreement up on their site.
    Yes Fender does get a certain amount of necks provided to them to confirm quality and their are standards.
     
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    The Allparts necks I have used are my favourite necks, pretty sure that licensing has a lot to do with that.
    The quality has been good on every one and the headstock looks right. I'm not big on funky looking headstock shapes when going for the period correct vintage look even if they are only slightly off looking.
     
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    It means that they have paid Fender to use the Fender headstock shape.

    The license probably includes certain minimum quality standards...but I would suspect nothing too extreme in this area.

    That said, de facto, anyone who has shelled out for the license is probably a respectable operation with decent quality...and anyone Fender would license would probably be someone Fender trusts not to sully their name.

    I don't care about Fender licensing or not, as long as I can get an oversized headstock to cut to the proper shape myself. I won't use anything but the "proper" shapes, as they just look bad to me, not to mention that a lot of what I assemble is in the "vintage accurate" vein. As for decals, I usually don't put them on...but the headstock shape has to be right.
     
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    I will look you up when I need a new 21 fret fat tele neck!
     
  10. olddawg2

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    I’ve been impressed with the Mighty Mite Fender licensed necks for the money..
     
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    You used to be able to read the full licensing agreement on the Warmoth site, but it doesn't seem to be there any longer. Funny thing about it was that you "technically" were in violation if you mounted that licensed neck on anything other than a Fender body. Not really sure whay that was since the body isn't protected either (just look at Gibson's legal actions against Warmoth regarding bodies), but it stated that in the agreement. I am sure that any non-Fender neck builders that were licensed under Fender are expected to provide a like-quality product.
     
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    Really, all necks and bodies are cut on CNC machines including slots - I bet some factories a human barely touched them. As long as the wood is sound and properly dried anyone should be able to churn out 99.99% perfect parts.
     
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    but that last 0.01% is the the MOJO is!
     
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    This and only this
     
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    Allparts sez:
    "Necks licensed to Allparts® Music Corporation by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation are under a quality control [my emphasis] trademark license."
    Mighty Mite sez:
    "Mighty Mite® is licensed by Fender® Musical Instruments under a quality control [my emphasis] trademark license"

    Corporate Counsel Business Journal sez:
    "If a licensor does not exercise sufficient control over the quality of the goods and/or services offered by the licensee, the trademark may, in some countries, be deemed abandoned (e.g., in the U.S.) or become vulnerable to attack by the licensee or a third party (e.g., in the UK)."

    Therefore,
    "presumably Fender has had input into specs/quality, given that they wouldn't want to have their name attached to crap."
     
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    Last I heard, Allparts necks were made by Fender Japan.
     
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    "Should" is theoretical term.
    They probably could achieve 99.99% perfect but not at a price anyone would be willing to pay.
     
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    I have one that I really like. :)

    Dan
     
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    As a licensed neck they tend to be consistently well made and fit and play well.
     
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