Well.... That's disappointing.

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  1. G.Rotten

    G.Rotten Friend of Leo's

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    I bought a 60's Baja Telecaster a while ago. I really like these guitars as a whole but I'm not really into the Sonic Blue. I bought it anyway with the intention of one day getting a different body.

    The new body came in today. When I removed the neck on the Baja I discovered this.

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    Now, maybe I'm imagining things but that one damaged area has an X marked on it. I take that to mean an issue was caught and sent anyway. The neck was only snug in the pocket, not tight at all.

    Other than this obvious damage I wonder if there will be large cracks in the future.

    Anyway, here's what direction I'm going. I think it's Classy but not common.
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    Double Bound Shoreline Gold. Nice & light pc of Alder.

    Should I just leave those busted pcs off, re-glue those chips, something more extensive?
     
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    Looks nice !
    Super glue the bit down , live happily ever after , LOL
     
  3. Lucius Paisley

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    I feel the same way when I chip the bridge route of an Ibanez trying to get a good look at the neck. There's no fixing that.

    Just this tiny little half toothpick sized thing, can't really tell unless you're looking, but so frustrating.
     
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    Looks like someone pulled that neck out while the screws where still inside the neck for 1-2mm and caused that.

    You should glue them back only if you think you can make it flush because it wont be a nice thing if the pieces are higher from the rest of the neck.
     
  5. G.Rotten

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    I couldn't press them flush so just left them off for now.

    I mean I have the tools and skill to re-glue then sand flush, I'm just not sure it's worth it.

    The previous owner did swap the bridge at some point. Maybe while they had it apart they removed the neck out of curiosity (but without removing the screws all the way).

    I really can't see how that would happen at Fender and not get caught.
     
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    Should be ok I reckon. The neck just needs to be snug. You could wrap a layer of Nitto electrical tape or even masking tape around inside of pocket.

    I had a similar issue with chipped neck. I got a partial refund and filled or glued chips back in. It is just visual, won't make much diff. Sand it well with 240 grit
    Nice colour !
     
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    Should be ok I reckon. The neck just needs to be snug. You could wrap a layer of Nitto electrical tape or even masking tape around inside of pocket.

    I had a similar issue with chipped neck. I got a partial refund and filled or glued chips back in. It is just visual, won't make much diff. Sand it well with 240 grit
    Nice colour
     
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    This is really disturbing :confused:
    However I would try to glue them flush, if it is possible I'd go that direction and stop thinking about it.

    Very nice tele BTW!
     
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    As long as the neck snugs down properly it's not a problem, just cosmetic.
     
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  10. G.Rotten

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    At first when i pulled the neck those chips were stuck to the pocket. I thought what an odd way to shim a neck. Lol.

    I haven't a clue how many Partscasters and neck swaps I've done. Several dozen for sure. Never seen that before.
     
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    I'm debating whether or not to reuse the S-1 switch as it's currently set up.

    Tbh I doubt I'll ever use those sounds. Anyone have a cool alternate purpose for it?
     
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    Glue, clamp, sand. And get the sticker off for as flat a surface as possible.
     
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    IMO it's not even cosmetic if it isn't visible when in use.
     
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  14. G.Rotten

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    That's pretty much how I feel about it. My real concern is a severe crack developing over time.

    Maybe it's a wait and see or maybe there's something I can do now to make sure that doesn't happen.

    As far as holding the neck in place I think the other pair of screws do the heavy lifting anyway.
     
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    Yeah. That’s from the threads of the screws grabbing the lip of the hole without any other support.
     
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    Based on that photo, I don't see it happening. It's just a couple of small endgrain chips. It'll end there. The screw holes ensure that.
     
  17. G.Rotten

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    Perhaps the neck wasn't fully seated in the pocket when the screws went in at the factory.

    Though the guy I bought the guitar from had a new bridge on, I vaguely remember saying "he had it installed". He really didn't seem like the tinkering type.
     
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    This scenario For Dummies (tm):

    If you decide to glue it, be certain the glue has dried completely before attaching the neck to the body.
     
  19. G.Rotten

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    Lol.......... Why?

    Kidding. Not sure I want commit to a set neck.
     
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    More importantly, whadda ya mean “I’m not really into the Sonic Blue”!?


    Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
     
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