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Fender Warranty?

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  1. johnnywizzo

    johnnywizzo Strat-Talker

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    What happened to Fender's limited lifetime warranty? I just bought a new Fender made in USA Strat, and the paperwork says that it has a 3 year warranty.
     
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    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    They changed it a few years ago - I'm not exactly sure when it changed but it was still lifetime in 2013. Maybe it changed in 2016 when the American Elites replaced the American Deluxes, etc?
     
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    Be happy you got that...
    (Unless of course they tell you to piss up a rope...which they've been known to do)
     
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    It looks like I just might have bought my last new Fender...
     
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    Just for fun and because I'm lazy and would rather do this than work this morning, I did some quick checks of Gibson and PRS to see how they compare. PRS and Gibson both have limited lifetime warranties but PRS's electronics are 24 months and Gibson's are 12. I can't think of any real warranty type of issue that wouldn't present itself in less than 2 years that couldn't be perceived by the manufacturer as included in the BS 'normal wear and tear' clause. If there's a bad pup or solder etc, that's going to show up pretty quickly.

    2 years is certainly not as good as lifetime, but I can live with it.
     
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    So...any instruments purchased before the policy change should still have the original warranty yes?
     
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    I would think a warped neck would be the “worst-case scenario”, with a cracked nut or finish flaws being close behind (bad electronics are much easier to fix).

    And, as you said, one would think that those issues would show up sooner than later.

    Besides, like you also stated, lifetime warranties are kind of a scam since the burden of proof on the consumer becomes increasingly more difficult to substantiate the longer you have any particular item...


     
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    Martin had some major issues circa 2012 / 14 with the plastic binding shrinking. You pay 2 - 25k or more and the binding shrinks. Your lifetime warranty should help. So, you send it to Martin, wait six months, then get an estimate of 1000.00 to repair humidity damage not covered by warranty. Your five other guitars are all fine though. But this is about Fender.. This appears to have been a financial decision. I imagine for a company to have a lifetime warranty is a big liability to carry around.
     
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    It's a wooden instrument, so if it's a lemon, that will be evident immediately, way before the 3-year point.

    Some, not many of them come out that way--dull, lifeless, no tone. Of course, these few must be humanely put down.
     
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