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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. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    I went back and read your initial post and am just as confused as ever. What are you looking for Fender to fix? I suspect their reply will be along the lines you could have returned the guitar and been out only the $15 AMS shipping fee (or nothing if you convinced them it was a defect, which probably wouldn't have been that hard to be honest). If you've just been looking and looking at it and finally needed a good rant, well, I guess that happens too.
     
  2. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 29, 2010
    Illinois
    That's childish. Painting my car and scraping it off is criminal damage to property. Buying a guitar then complaining that it's not up to your lofty standards is just an uninformed purchase.
     
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  3. the velvet catfish

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    What you should have gathered from my initial post is I saw it when received it.. I did nothing about it because I knew how to fix it.. I guess I'm dreaming of a day where someone opens their case to find bright shiny frets on a maple fingerboard instead of frets smothered and marinated in tinted Lacquer
     
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  5. Sinner1980

    Sinner1980 Tele-Meister

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    My (ex)vintage 50's hot rod had the same issue/flaw. Well, not really an issue but I did find it slightly annoying at that time; not something you'd expect quality wise after spending about 2 grands.

    Took me about 1,5 hour to get it all of though so don't sweat it too much.
     
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  6. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    It's an example? Finishing a product is not a lofty standard rofl
     
  7. tap4154

    tap4154 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 14, 2009
    Southern California
    Did a screenshot closeup of a 50's MIM Lacquer Tele on Sweetwater and it looks to me like there's tinted lacquer on the ends and sides of the frets. Just the tops are cleaned off.


    TeleFrets.jpg
     
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  8. the velvet catfish

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    All I'm saying is wouldn't it have been nice not to have to do? Did the same non sense on my 52 AVRI.. so this ain't new to me. If all the rosewood guys had to do it as well maybe I'd feel a little better about it.
     
  9. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    I won't belabor. The disconnect for me is why you kept it, if it bugged you. And what prompted this thread 2 or 3 months later. But that's my issue, not yours.

    I'm guessing part of the issue is that if folks want to ensure no nitro on the frets, they may have to pony up for Custom Shop or a custom builder?

    Cheers!
     
  10. Steve Holt

    Steve Holt Tele-Meister

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    Yeah ONLY 900 bucks. I know that's still kinda cheap in the guitar world but come on. $900 bucks is $900 bucks and you deserve a proper fret job included in that price!
     
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  11. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

    Wait, didn't you get the tele-memo? You gotta build your own teles now in order to get high quality if you only wanna spend 900 bucks.
     
  12. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    It's a mirage... look at my pics it's the entire fret and thickens on both sides
     
  13. tap4154

    tap4154 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 14, 2009
    Southern California
    Naw, clearly tint over the fret ends and on the sides. Also look at the 21st fret between the b/e strings. Looks like some lacquer on top. Just how they are.


    TeleFrets.jpg
     
  14. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Meister

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    I had some on the upper frets of my 2000 AmStd. Doesn't hurt anything I was kinda unhappy but it took a few months before I even noticed so I just rolled with it. Here it is,17 years later and still hasn't bothered me
     
  15. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    Thanks! I kept it because I liked it.. a fret dressing is peanuts compared to the price. Having had to do the same on my 52AVRI it's nothing new, just disappointed that Fender feels a fret job on a new guitar is not feasible. Which then makes it my responsibility to clean up after them.
     
  16. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    I hear ya.. we are all a little different and neither side is wrong. I guess my brain associates when buying something new, it shouldn't need anything but an action set, and played
     
  17. tap4154

    tap4154 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 14, 2009
    Southern California
    You DO realize that in the time we've spent on this thread you could have made a cardboard fret mask and cleaned those frets up all nice and purdy with scotchbrite, then played Freebird ten times in a row, right? :D
     
  18. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

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    Lol yes I do! But I know somebody out there feels like I do
     
  19. Chick-N-Picker

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    I haven't read to page 3 yet but to answer the answer to this question in my opinion is this.

    Every player is different so they make every guitar at a base level that be worked down to each players standards. Yes that means we have to have these things done.

    For example, higher end Martin guitars usually have really high action, thick saddles, etc from the floor. Why?most do not want a really high action but its better to take action down. It's would be a lot harder/impossible if they set them up to the lowest point from the floor. Now it's harder to get a high action.

    This is the way I've always thought about it. At least it makes sense to me. So you need to dress the frets for you, but as far as laquer over frets. I don't really know or have guesses.

    My dream guitar is an AVRI 58 or I'd take a 50's laquer because 8-9 hundred isn't cheap to me. So I probably wouldn't complain about laquer. I'd just be happy to own it. But I understand your point of wanting it right, for you.:)
     
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  20. Sinner1980

    Sinner1980 Tele-Meister

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    Of course that would have been nice, hence the reason I bought an AV52; flawless guitar ;)
     
  21. bender66

    bender66 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 18, 2010
    on my bike
    Wish I had this problem.
     
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