Finish checking along binding Telecaster Custom

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by Dfitzy81, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. Dfitzy81

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    All- just picked up this barely used beaut off of reverb. 62 NOS WW 10 Tele Custom. Are these slight check marks along the binding normal, as part of the aging process with the nitro? These small cracks are pretty consistent running parrellel along the binding in multiple locations. Cracks or normal finish checking? ​
     

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  2. Wally

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    Hello, dfitzy81. That is not what I would call finish checking? What is going on there is that the finish is cracking along the joint between the body and the binding. One might think that there was a less than desirable fit between the wood and the binding. The finish was sprayed and filled a very small ‘misfit’ of the binding in the channel. As the lacquer dries, it shrinks. That gap is making itself known......at least that would be my WAG based 9n experience as to what is going on there.
    If the lacquer were checking, it would occur at various places all over the finish...not just along that join between the binding and the wood.
    Outside of that, that is one sharp guitar!
     
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    Thanks for the reply, Wally. What is your Opinion on whether that is something that will be detrimental to the guitar as it continues to age? I don't feel like that's something that would warrant a return, unless it jeopardizes the overall structure and could potentially devalue all together. Thoughts? According to the guy I purchased from he said it was purchased from the dealer like that and there were other 62 customs with similar issues.
     
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    IF this happened with a number of guitars, then imho and ime the process by which they are preparing for the binding and then fitting the binding is preparing for the finish to give this end result....which is less than a desirable result, imho.
     
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    Just my opinion, but anyone who might be a buyer in the future will be concerned first and foremost with the tone. Finish checking and cracking on a guitar like this is strictly a secondary issue. If it sounds great, then it sounds great. :)
     
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    That kind of thing in that area on a Fender is real common. It's not a structural issue and should not concern you.
     
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    Thanks for your feedback fellas. Happy playing today!
     
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    I would guess it's caused by humidity (or lack of). the wood has shrunk a bit, and the binding doesn't.
     
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    I think that is something that is a potential byproduct of adding binding to a guitar body which doesn’t live in a hyperbaric bio-dome (not a real thing and not somewhere I’d imagine you’d want to actually store your geetar) . I’ve seen similar cracks on top shelf Gibson LP’s and Semi Hollow guitars, Gretch’s, Yamaha SA’s and it’s undoubtedly a problem with other guitar brands. Certainly my own 2011 artist model Gibson LP (expensive) had similar cracks along the binding in a few areas. The LP Custom I currently have, also a 2011 doesn’t appear to have the problem, yet.

    It looks stunning to me. Regardless of your best efforts to keep in in nos condition changes will occur with nitro paint, such as shrinkage, into the grain or cracking as with yours, discolouration, dulling at common contact points etc. You might be able to keep these changes to a minimum but it will happen. Shoot, most of us want that kind of wear...and some of us are stupid enough to pay a premium for Fender and other manufacturers to flog the crap out of guitars and sell them to us as “new instruments”. Crazy really.
     
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    I have owned a 1966 Gibson Es-345TDC since I bought it new in June, 1967. It does not exhibit this separation at that joint even tough it does exhibit some finish crazing/craving. This type of consistent finish separation along that joint is not something which should be expected, ime. I built a fancy double bound Telecaster back in the ‘90’s in trade for a really nice 1965 fireglow Ric 360. A lot of time was taken in the building and finishing. I doubt that there is this type of separation along that binding joint today.
    Again.....even with this situation with this gold Tele that dfitzy81 has, I find it a knock-out looker. If it can setup as nice as it looks from even 5 feet away, it is a guitar that one would have to consider, imho.
     
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    I guess if it concerns you your best bet would be to email Fender Customer Services.

    If its a fault I think that FCS will look after you.

    Really sweet looking guitar though.
     
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    This problem is a tough one to address. If one had the exact gold metallic paint, I suppose one could first fill and seal the cracks, let that lacquer fully dry and shrink, and then respray the gold and clear coats. I don’t think it is worth the trouble.
     
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    Are you planning to play it or study it under an electron microscope?
     
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    What's that color? It's amazing!!
     
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    IT is really close to a Shoreline gold isn't it?? You can see it on those big-finned 1959 Cadillacs.
     
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    Congrats on your double bound tele ... I sure like that color :)
     
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    Hey, the guitar is gorgeous ! I do find peoples opinions surprising though ,"problem or fault" didn't or don't come to mind .
     
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