Hi there! Just bought my first Fender. Well, I actually have a Squier but don't know if it counts It's a Made in Mexico Fender Standard Stratocaster SSS with maple neck and lake placid blue color. I just looooove the looks. Made in 2017 I suppose (MX17#..# serial) and brand new (the box was nicely stapled). My first impression was exceptional. The neck finish is a huge upgrade from the Squier Standard, BUT! ... I have two concerns that worry me a little: Some pickup pole pieces have some kind of grease or something. It looks a bit filthy. Photo attached. Knobs are not smooth. Specially compared to the Squier I haven't removed the plastic from the pickguard yet, but I don't know if has something to do with it. I still don't want to remove it until I decide to keep it. Is it supposed to be like that? Thanks for your help and advice!