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Nitro Lacquer on the frets? Really Fender?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by the velvet catfish, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    Howdy!

    I recently bought a 50's Lacquer with tweed case new from AMS. When I got it I realized that Fender sprayed the tinted Lacquer over the entire fret board including the frets?!?! I sent Fender an email and have yet to receive a reply asking if this is standard practice? Either way I'm not happy about it... yes it's only a $900 Mexican model but really Fender?

    It's not my responsibility to get a fret dressing on a new guitar! If they don't make this right I'll fix it and sell every Fender I own. Their quality had been on a steady decline anyway.
     
  2. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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  3. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    It's sad when an Indonesian G&L has better setup and attention to detail than this guitar costing twice as much. I take it this is a known thing and since I hadn't been on here in a while I probably missed complaints of this happening?
     
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  5. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    It's evidently common lol.. still doesn't make it acceptable in my book!
     
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  6. TMMC

    TMMC Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 3, 2013
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    Every now and then, one of the big players (Gibson, Fender, Martin, PRS) will surprise me with a batch or line of subpar stuff. Always disappointing.
     
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  7. tap4154

    tap4154 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 14, 2009
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    Any pics? Curious how much is on them. Usually it just come off with playing.
     
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  8. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    It's the principle that it's not their problem to be bothered to do the right thing by their customers. This is a new Fender guitar, not a project and certainly not my responsibility to finish their job
     
  9. BSBTELE

    BSBTELE TDPRI Member

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    Just scrape it off with your fingernail (it's kinda fun) or you know, actually play the guitar. Nitro doesn't bond with metal so it should come off easily. Apologies if this is a joke post.
     
  10. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    Sure I'll get some tonight when I get home.. it's on there thick! My fingernail won't budge it.
     
  11. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    I've played it a lot! Also, these are vintage size frets on a 7.25 radius neck not the usual jumbos so marring up the fretboard is a given unless I use the steel wool technique. Imagine buying a rosewood fingerboard and having nitro covering the entire fretboard, or poly. It doesn't happen.. shouldn't be this way on a maple neck either.
     
  12. TMMC

    TMMC Tele-Afflicted

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    It's a solid suggestion in my book. Play like hell, and see the benefits.
     
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  13. powerwagonjohn

    powerwagonjohn Tele-Meister

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    When I got my FSR Deluxe Ash Tele I started to get little cuts on my fretting hand and realized it was the poly over the fret ends flaking off and giving me the cuts. I cleaned the fret end and dressed the ends with a small file but the poly was not on the tops of the frets. I would definitely not like that.
    Thanks John
     
  14. BSBTELE

    BSBTELE TDPRI Member

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    Rosewood is a dense, oily wood that does not absorb or lose moisture easily and thus doesn't need to be sealed from the elements. Not so for maple.
     
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  15. PCollen

    PCollen Tele-Afflicted

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    Why haven't you returned it ? You realized it when you got it, and you still have it . Quit bitching and get a refund. It's not like you got a good discount on it, or did you ?
     
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  16. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Friend of Leo's

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    I've never noticed one way or the other.
     
  17. tap4154

    tap4154 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    I frankly never noticed if lacquer has been on any of mine, suspect my AVRI had it but it wore off, but if I were you, and it is as thick as you say, just send it back or call AMS and/or Fender and have them pay for a level/crown. Even if they split the cost, I'd go for that. Most new guitars benefit from a good leveling.
     
  18. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Irate customer single handedly takes down FMIC. Chapter 7 filing expected soon. ;)

    And that last sentence is a "sour grapes" if ever I heard one. I might agree that the lacquer is overdone but that's a manufacturing procedure they should possibly alter and as nothing to do with the overall quality of the product.

    It's more of an annoyance like a package of cold cuts or bacon that's tough to open. Curse the packaging but maybe not so much the product unless it deserves it too. The other solution is to buy used. Then someone else will have worn off that lacquer. :p
     
  19. Jules78

    Jules78 Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    It's all about labor. Fender can't afford to have someone dress the frets when they could be making more guitars. I have a MIA Clapton strat with some crap flaking on the frets. That's a $1500 guitar.
     
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