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Lines in the Finish of new American Pro

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  1. kpoun

    kpoun Strat-Talk Member

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    Hey, first I apologize for my english.

    I bought a new American Professional in the color sonic gray. I have now discovered that there are lines in the finish. they are on the whole body. they are not the glue spots. I attach a picture.

    I can see the lines when light shines on the body and I look at it from an angle

    Does anyone have experience with this?

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  2. Birdsong

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    Take it back , if I spent my hard earned money and it was new I expect the finish to be perfect
     
  3. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

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    They all look parallel. Like it had something slid across it. I'd maybe try some polishing compound but they don't seem too noticable
     
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  4. Yves

    Yves Senior Stratmaster

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    take it back. If you love the way it plays you could negotiate a compensation gift such as an effect pedal of your liking or else..
     
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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

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    pretty common, just play it
     
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  6. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    I have those in my 2018 MIM I bought new and my EOB also purchased new.
     
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    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    The lines are not very noticeable, but those arrows...... they would bug me.
     
  8. harrysmo

    harrysmo Senior Stratmaster

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    Are they clearcoat settled into the finish or scratches? Hard to tell from the picture.
     
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    Got them on mine as well. They all had it when I was choosing mine. Thin coat comes at an expense.
     
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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    I would not call the poly coating on an Am Pro Strat thin at all. More like a thick candy shell.
     
  11. Nerd

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    Dings on mine prove otherwise
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    if it is a pick of the litter guitar i would accept it as is, if not i would return it.
     
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  13. YOSTINATOR

    YOSTINATOR Strat-Talker

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    I have the same lines on my new American Special. They are paint witness lines and very normal on USA Fenders

    Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
     
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  14. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    If it’s poly I’d bet you mean chips or pressure dings. There are literally hundreds of threads on forums about the thickness of fender poly. There is one on TDPRI where a guy took 7 ounces of weight off a Tele when the poly was removed. I know typically the poly finishes are around 1/32 think which is not terribley thick sounding but they are also hard as hell. There is a thread on here from years back where a member found his poly finish to be about 1/8 inch thick. Poly is notorious for chipping, sometimes rather easily, but it does not settle or sink into the wood like nitro and those lines on the OP’s guitar are not like ones you see on thin nitro finished guitars. I’ve owned 22 poly finished Strats and all chipped like M&M shells do in a candy bowl leaving little pieces but none ever wore or sunk in like my current nitro guitars do. I am not knocking poly or saying nitro is better, just that it’s well documented that poly will chip and show wear and there are several years in Fenders history that seem to do so worse than others. I think it’s the late 90’s or early 2000’s if I remember correctly that had a bad case of chipping poly, especially on the neck.
     
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  15. Nerd

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    Dings. Ill get you a picture when I get back home.
     
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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    I was editing my post to include pressure dings as well as chips while you were typing. Poly will compress and ding of course but my point is still the same, thin finish nitro sinks into grain lines and can look like the OP’s pic, poly will not. The OP’s issue is with crappy finishing and not a “thin” poly finish. My two EJ Strats, Les Paul traditional and my two Martins, all of which are finished in nitro show settling of the finish into the grain, the OP’s guitar does not.
     
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    I would take it back if it bothers you. I recently bought a Squier Bullet and the paint was flawless and that cost me only 129 bucks
     
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    I’d rock the you-know-what out of it and pick up some more wear and relicing! However if it really bugs you and you’re within the timeframe it can be returned, do that. I’m anal about fit and playability, but tend to be a bit lax about cosmetics, but I know a lot of folks who are OCD regarding the looks.
     
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    I've seen those very faint lines, straight and parallel, on many Fenders over the last few years. Whatever it is, I'd say is normal and nothing to reject an otherwise wonderful guitar for.
     
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    which Fender and which poly? recent MIA Fenders with Polyurethane finishes have way thinner finishes than MIM Fenders with Polyester finishes
     
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