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Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by tonyv77, Nov 20, 2017.
Do you see what's going on here? MIM Tele, working on a pup swap for a friend. Weird...
What's bothering you about it?
The neck route looks like a dog bone. CNC fail.
all the best ones have blue dots.....
the mickey mouse ears are on all the mex bodies... cnc alignment marks?... or just to tell them apart from US bodies...
Cocaine holders. Very common.
Most mim strats/teles/etc. have that neck pocket rout. It’s so you can swap strat and tele necks with no issues. It’s intended to be shaped that way
Neither the mouse ears in the neck pocket nor the bucker rout for the neck are unusual for the older MIMs. Nothing to worry over.
There's no reason not to have the pocket straight across the bottom instead of over-cut at the corners.
They've made some of their bodies that way for decades. It's just one of a dozen or so manufacturing expedients that goes into every body they produce.
The holes will hold solder and sometimes a soldering iron!
Nobody's got it yet. Think about the forum I posted in......
EDIT: oh well I'll let it out. Maybe it's normal. It's a 3 colour burst but, underneath the pickguard area of the lower horn it's finished as a 2 colour burst.
You mean the 2-tone, 3-tone thing?
It's a sunburst on a partly cloudy day.
EDIT: Probably didn't want to shoot into the reference divots because of the run potential. That horn is under the guard anyway, right?
If you're wondering why they didn't take finishing pains over part of the body that isn't visible when it's an assembled guitar, take a look at all the other stuff that's hidden by the pickguard. I couldn't say I've noticed it before, but I'd guess it's fairly normal.
Oh yeah it's all under the guard, no worries, just thought it was odd. Guess I'll never buy a MIM to go pickguardless.
Not odd at all. It's a money-saver to omit application labor of an extra color when it won't be seen.
Are the 3 holes for parking meter change?
I got it, I got it! No bare feet in pic.
This reminds me of a story.
It's amazing what industry does to save money.
Years ago, I had a canned dog-food client that had been having problems with their product spoiling in the can, bulging, and exploding in customer's pantries, cabinets, etc. Can you imagine the smell and mess? This resulted in some pretty impressive insurance claims, so I was dispatched to the dog food manufacturer to see what was going on.
After the obligatory gag-fest (trust me, you do NOT want to visit a dog food manufacturer--wait for the How It's Made episode.) I learned that after they ground, pureed, added the sawdust, industrial waste and other delicious ingredients, the cans were placed on a conveyor that took them to a "retort column", about 80 ft tall, full of hot water, maintained at just the right temperature to supposedly cook the dog food right to the point that all bacteria was killed. Except sometimes. Which caused the rotting, bloating, and exploded cans.
Naive me, I suggested they up the temperature of the retort water, and/or add some dwell time for the cans in the hot water, to ensure full cooking. You'd think I suggested that they start plating their cans with gold. That process was regulated to within 1-2 degrees F, and dwell time for the cans to within 3-4 seconds in the retort, to minimize manufacturing expense. It was calculated to work with most of the product, and was within their statistical process controls. Unfortunately, those one in a million fails cost their liability insurance company thousands, so the underwriter decided to part company, because they simply would not crank up the temp by a few degrees, and run the conveyor a little slower.
That Fender programs the painter robot to stop shooting the area under the pickguard reminded me of exactly this. Except for the smell. I guess when you run multiple thousands of items, a little thing can make a big diff in the bottom line.
Sorry for the rambling derail, interesting observation on the paint job.
They had that feature since the 1970s. Maybe not on every guitar model since then, but it was pretty common in the 70s.