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Training day in the Mexican factory? Perhaps!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Irondog, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. Irondog

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    I just bought made in Mexico Road worn 50s telecaster.
    The purple one. It's very nice liking a lot. it needs some monor upgrades but fun.
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    I decided to buy some Yosemite pickups. the Tex-Mex are nice but just a little hot.
    So I just swapped them out.

    And I just had to laugh at the control plate soldering job.
    It looks like they used it twice.... or somebody trained on it then they ripped it apart and re-soldered a 2nd set of pickups on, again. The output jack wires basically came off in my hand, had to resolder, and repair.
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    I touched the soldering iron to the hot wire of the bridge pickup it released super quick because it was just soldered to the top of the wire ball mess that was left on the 3 way switch.
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    And on the back of the tone pot there's just a pile of wire and solder just sitting there as a decoration.
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    So just a little bit of quality control issues in Mexico I would guess.

    So here's what you can expect quality wise, occasionally from MIM.
     
  2. Deeve

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    wow - reminds me of the "Monday models" @ General Motors in the '70s

    I had been under the impression that MIM F-guitars were bullet-proof
     
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    Looks like my work!
     
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    What do they say? Avoid Friday afternoon and Monday morning guitars
     
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    maybe it was to simulate repairs done on the road by an under qualified roady...:lol:
     
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    Exactly genuine vintage relic job to the orginal specs with special mods done along the way
     
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    Is it a used guitar? I thought the Road Worn models were discontinued.
     
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    does it smell like Tacos, cilantro, garlic and chili?.... MX roadworns might be actually sent out on the road for a few gigs...test runs.. ;)
     
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    I had a Custom Shop Gibson 137 that I wanted to see how hard changing the chrome stuff to gold would be (being a semi Hollowbody with that Varitone switch). Anyway, I took off the pickguard and unscrewed the pickup mounting rings to find 5 (including the correct ones) different sets of holes from attempting to get the pickups in the right place.

    From the Gibson Custom Shop!?!?! Maybe it was "Bring your kid to work day".
     
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    This is not the only time I have heard of or seen the same thing from Gibson. I myself have owned 7 Gibson guitars through the years, and have been disappointed with the quality on every one of them for various reasons, and some of them pretty major defects.

    If it was only sloppy solder jobs, I could have lived with it. Or if it was only one, or maybe even two guitars, I could have chalked it up to a lemon, but it was every single one of them. So I guess every day is "bring your kid to work day" at the Gibson factory.

    So now when I hear anyone say how great and perfect their Gibson is, I'm highly dubious.

    7 times bitten, once shy.
     
  11. Irondog

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    Musicians friend and guitar center still have 50 or 60 of the purple ones left. From last year. I had my eye on them I really want the Danish Pete, but I saw these were discontinued and disappearing rapidly.
    I figured I would pick one up before they're gone. Really digging the color I know it's not everyone's bag.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender/Road-Worn-50s-Telecaster-Limited-Edition-Electric-Guitar.gc
     
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    Maybe that's what they meant by road worn
     
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    Wow, that's really poor work, almost as bad as my own lol. Seriously, it should have been light years better than that.
     
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    I've been dead lucky with all the major makers but I did snag a half-price blow out Cabronita from Thomann and the neck pickup wasn't connected when I unpacked it. Easy fix for me but I laughed out loud when I saw that most of the wires were completely unsoldered, they'd just been been hooked onto lugs!
     
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    The purple is awesome, but I can't imagine the electronics leaving the factory like that. I have had several MIM Fenders, and none of them have looked like that.

    It really looks like an amateur was swapping the pickups. Makes me wonder if someone bought the guitar, swapped pickups, put the originals back, and then returned the guitar.
     
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    a possibility.
     
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    I love my custom shop 57 gold top, I bought it brand new in 2006, there’s a couple spots on the mahogany that look like sander burns, and a few places with flakes/fillings of metal under the finish

    I like to tell myself that’s how you can tell it’s handmade!

    And don’t get me started on the nickel hardware aging itself, some spots completely dull and worn within weeks, I didn’t even play it as much back then

    Other than that it’s got the best neck and easiest playing of my guitars

    And there’s a long mineral (or something) streak from the headstock about a foot onto the neck, if I hadn’t bought it new I would think it was a crack ( thankfully I plan on never selling it)
     
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    You're lucky if the only problems are cosmetic.
     
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    Yup all cosmetic, oh and all the knobs are cracked, apparently in 2006 they had knobs that were too small or pot shafts that were too big, I’ve seen multiple 2006’s like that

    So far I haven’t noticed and real structural or playability issues
     
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    Still, it's a shame that you would have those issues from the Custom Shop.

    I had much worse issues, but none of mine were CS guitars.
     
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