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Insane flame necks from China for $99...anyone buy one?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by sloppychops, Mar 16, 2021.

  1. sloppychops

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    Just wondering if anyone has personal experience with these necks being sold on eBay. There are always a bunch of them listed. This is just one listing:
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  2. _MementoMori_

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    I don't own one, but I had a few in my watch list before I decided to bite the bullet and go with Warmoth. The flame does look nice, but they're way too glossy for my taste. And I imagine the quality control is very low.
     
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    It seems like there was some previous mention about them here before. Not me. They would look nicer without the flame (same color though) and a thinner matte finish, in my opinion.
     
  4. bgmacaw

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    I haven't bought that particular neck but I've bought a couple of other inexpensive Chinese made necks. They were good although the fret work was unfinished, requiring final leveling and crowning, and the nut was cheap plastic and needed to be replaced.
     
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    I bought one a few years ago. Took it to a luthier to swap out the neck on a Chinese squier my father gave me (my first Tele).

    I was almost laughed out the door. They’re utter garbage. I now know better.
     
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    300usd Squiers are decent guitars, so a 100usd neck should likely be in the ballpark. Of course there certainly are bad ones, but saying they’re all « utter garbage » seems a bit strong IMHO.
    Nut and fret work is scheduled as usual, but could be a good opportunity to learn.
     
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    I mean, that's a 2 minute DIY fix.
     
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    For me, with any internet purchase at all, these days, if it's shipping from China, I'm not buying it.
     
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    Very sexy!
     
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    Wonder if those are real flame or photo-flame? I don't know what the photo flame process costs, if it could even be done at this price point, even in China...but that's a pretty wild looking neck.
     
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    I bought one a year or two ago. I don't know if it was from the same seller though. I made it work but I wouldn't buy another one. The fret board is not rosewood, I don't know what it is. The finish super glossy which I don't really care for. The main issue is I don't believe the bottom of the heel is flat. I tried it on a few different bodies and it requires a neck shim on the front end of the pocket to get the neck angle right. Also, while the flame looks somewhat convincing, I don't believe it is actually flamed wood. I think there is some other trick to get that effect. Like a thin silk screen or something.
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    I've purchased several cheap necks from several different sources in various stages of completion.

    Among the "learning experiences" I've been a part of:

    Gobbed up finishes, garbage fretwork, ugly grain, tuner holes outsized and drilled out of line, non functional truss rods, tooling and sanding marks everywhere, heels not even close to fitting in a standard pocket, poorly fitted plastic nuts....

    If you're looking to build a professional grade instrument, you'll need to spend more than 100 bucks on a neck.
     
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    Forgot to say it’ll be a hockey stick in ten years.
     
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    i bet if you saw my authentic Michael Jodran jersey, you’d reconsider...
     
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    I know a few luthiers that have had plenty of these Chinese necks come through their shops. I value their opinion and I know when to heed advice. Just look at the similar comments here..

    Some may be ok, but even then, it’s false economy.
     
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    “Authentic”?
     
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    True figure versus foto-flame....the difference is simple to spot in person. The flame will change from dark to light as one changes the orientation of the wood to the light and one’s eyes. That is, the figure ‘flips’. Foot flame ‘figure’ does not change...what is dark stays dark and what is light stays light.
     
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    I always thought they were photo flame. Too good to be true looking at 99.
     
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    Well, I'm not even remotely interested in a neck this garish, but was just curious if it's another case of "If something seems too good to be true..."

    Suspicion confirmed.
     
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    And the semi conductor used to post his message is 99,9% chance to be made in China.

    Anyway, even in China you can't make great flame neck for 100$.

    You could, if you pay more, not for cheap then.

    Kinda like when I bought a classic 30 thinking it would be great quality because of the made in stamp and it was utter ****.
     
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