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Poor telecaster factory finish

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Craigaa2000, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. Craigaa2000

    Craigaa2000 TDPRI Member

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    Please take a look at my pictures of my baja tele 60’s custom shop

    This was purchased 2nd hand like new a few months back

    On closer inspection and when removing the pick guard I noticed these indentations that had been made by the hardware

    This was surly done in the factory before the gloss finish had set ?

    The body shows many flaws when looked at in the correct light

    Fender couldn’t help and didn’t have an answer they came up with telling me that the fixings had been over tightened

    Any one else had such problems
    Thoughts people ?

    Thanks craig
     
  2. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's

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    Pics don't work.
     
  3. john_cribbin

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    Welcome,

    Don't have permissions to view the media.
     
  4. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Welcome, Craig!

    We can't access your images, as they are now. You may need to post them by some other means.

    Btw, that guitar may be "custom shop designed", but it isn't "custom shop". They're wonderful; I've got 7 of the 50s version, but they're a bit rough and ready.
     
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  5. Craigaa2000

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    Pics should work now
     
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  6. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    If they're all under the guard it should never be an issue, and you didn't buy it new, so you don't really have any comeback with Fender. But yes, it's annoying.

    Play it, add some dings, and in a couple of months it won't matter.

    That said my Baja, bought in 2012, is still weirdly pristine. People keep asking if it's new.

    There, I've jinxed it now. SMASH.
     
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  7. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Yes, I see what you are talking about.
     
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  8. Rufustelestrats

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    Just to review, these problems are in areas pierced by screws or covered by the pickguard or bridge.
    Hmmm. non issue.
    Moving on.
    R
     
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  10. Craigaa2000

    Craigaa2000 TDPRI Member

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    Thanks Hemingway

    It’s a lovely guitar to play and ive already added a ding got it for £400 so it’s a steal really

    Just curious to see if anybody else had any issues with the bajas
     
  11. deytookerjaabs

    deytookerjaabs Friend of Leo's

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    Meh, not seeing much there and certainly wouldn't micro-analyze what's under the guard!


    Call me when your Baja's Neck Finish starts peeling after the second day of buying it brand new:

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    Then, the next day after that it started peeling off at the first fret, then it went back to Sam Ash!
     
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  12. Craigaa2000

    Craigaa2000 TDPRI Member

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    Point taken
     
  13. deytookerjaabs

    deytookerjaabs Friend of Leo's

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    I love being a one-upper!!!

    Haha, oh wait, maybe it wasn't a good thing this time around :lol:
     
  14. swany

    swany Tele-Meister

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    Sounds like you did alright, nice looking guitar. I was thinking if it didn't happen at the factory, it might have encountered some serious heat at some point. Sounds like you like it, that's what really matters.
     
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    Almost looks like the hardware was put on before the finish was fully cured, and pushed into it somehow.
     
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    You’ll get dings and nicks in it over the years. Don’t worry about it, just make sure it’s set up well and sounds good, that’s whats really important.
     
  17. qblue

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    Some of the shown defects looks like buffing compound, which I've seen on the tremolo cavity for Strats. So some of that could be buffed away. But since no company warranties finishes, you will be out of luck for compensation from the manufacturer.

    You are now free to create a relic. I have a 11yr. old Baja 50's with a perfect finish. It is encased in poly; since my hands don't sweat, unless in extreme heat, most of my guitars still look newish. Even the nitrocellulose finished guitars look good. The ones I've bought used really look the same, with the same dings when I bought them. The most amazing ones are my 1990 Strat Ultra and the Gibson ES-347. The Ultra I have gigged with extensively, and really no obvious wear. The Gibson has more experience marks, though not extensively gigged as much.

    I have a 2012 Gibson LP Tribute 60's, that has a thinner finish to promote early relic markings and it has succeeded. The finish is thinner than the ES-347, but only has minimally aged.
     
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  18. adjason

    adjason Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    non issue -these are great guitars but they are not super expensive
     
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    Could be an improperly catalyzed urethane. Hardware was installed and the paint wasn't set. I don't buy the extreme heat theory because catalyzed urethane can withstand a lot of heat before it would do that. At any rate most of the blemishes are covered by the pickguard and hardware so i wouldn't worry about it.

    J5
     
  20. Wally

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    +1 on no problem there. Back in the mid-‘60’s my guitar instructor told me about a batch of new Fenders that came in. When they opened the cases, the guitars’ finishes were adhered to the case lining....
     
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