Really bad Friday job on a GC exclusive FSR butterscotch

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  1. fjrabon

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    So this was posted in a Facebook group.

    There are 282728 replies of “it’s an easy fix. Just fill the holes and redrill! Buy that thang!”

    It’s amazing to me how Gibson gets crushed for minor finish things, but fender can just drill the bridge plate a half inch off and everybody gives it a pass.

    Just something I’ve never understood. I’ve seen pretty much everything go wrong on a fender that’s possible, but they pretty much never get called out for bad QC. You point it out and people just say “ah, put it on a work bench and fix it yourself, can’t blame fender for it, not a big deal!”
     
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    Fixtures and CNC machines are only as accurate as the people who keep them calibrated.... They are not a magic way to achieve total accuracy.

    The low E string hole in the body doesn't meet up very well with the bridge hole. That won't be much fun trying to change a string fast on stage.
     
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    Look at how off the string pass through on the bridge is vs the hole where it actually goes through the body.

    The top two points out how crooked it is.

    And I know butt cracks are normal. But that one is excessive.
     
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    I saw this on a tele FB page this am. The buttcrack isn't an issue for me, but the misalignment of the bridge is a hell-no brainer.

    Looking closer at your image though I see that the b/e closest bridge screw doesn't look seated. I'd want to look at the rest to see if the bridge is just moving where it wants to be under string pressure.

    As always, not info info on the innterwebnetz.

    I also need to delete some guitar based FB pages. My whole feed is people asking some of the most daft questions.
     
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    Oh yeah, that's not great.

    ...must have been 'Gibson Day' at the Fender plant.
     
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    I don’t think this was a CNC issue. I think somebody just screwed the plate in off centered.

    And I get that mistakes happen, that’s not my issue so much as this kinda points out QC issues that nobody calls out with fender.
     
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    I hope that the four big mounting screws for the bridge plate go into pre-drilled pilot holes. I can't imagine that they just muscle pointy screws into finished wood.
     
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    Bridge is crooked. It's as obvious as day to me. I wouldn't buy it.
    Tell Fender to fix it.
     
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    Wait. There's a Facebook telecaster page?
     
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    I'd keep it and keep posting photos of it everywhere until Fender offers to buy it back.
     
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    why all the venom? it's a mistake. everyone makes them from time to time. good lord, just return it and get another one. no need to hold fender hostage over a simple mistake.
     
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    I get it, you’re spending hard earned money, you want it to look nice. But for heaven's sake, it is a guitar. How does it play? How does it sound? Those are far more important questions…
     
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    Sure but that’s why quality control exists. Somebody should look over this and immediately know it shouldn’t go out the door.

    The manufacturing mistake isn’t an issue to me so much as that this made it to a store shelf, and has a sticker for full price. is an issue.
     
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    I'm rather relaxed about stuff like that , but that won't work
    It's so bad , that I have doubts about it being real
     
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    eh.. life is too short to get worked up about stuff like this. in the OP, you lead with an assertion that gibson gets fried for making mistakes and everyone forgives fender. i disagree with the assertion. this post, in and of itself, is evidence to the contrary. btw... if i laid down 3k for a gibson, it better be mistake free... a 500 dollar made in mexico fender... i can forgive an occasional mistake. if i had ordered and received that instrument, i would have just sent it back and got another. no need to make a federal case out of it. overall, fender has decent QC. if you prefer to buy 3k gibsons, that's certainly your prerogative.
     
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    No guitar should leave the factory like that , cheap or expensive
    I still don't believe it's real
     
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    I wouldn't buy it; not worth the trouble and/or hit on resale.
     
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    It’s brand new at guitar center
     
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