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MIM Strat concerns and questions

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by bluepixel, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. bluepixel

    bluepixel Strat-Talk Member

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    Feb 24, 2018
    Spain
    Hi there!

    Just bought my first Fender. Well, I actually have a Squier but don't know if it counts o_O

    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 :thumbd: 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!
     

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  2. shupe13

    shupe13 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 17, 2010
    Greenfield, IN
    All new guitars deserve new strings. Cut them off. Pull the plastic. Clean the pole pole pieces and play the hell out of it. Then return it if it’s jacked.
     

  3. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Welcome to Strat-Talk.

    My guess is that "grease like stuff" is just a little excess wax. The pickups are hot dipped in wax. Nothing to worry about.

    Most here love Squier Strats................ even though they aren't "Fenders". :thumb:

    Post MORE pics of your new guitar!!!
     
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  4. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Oooo LPB and maple!! We’re going to need to see a pic of that!
     
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  5. AndSomeone

    AndSomeone Strat-Talker

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    Yeah I honestly wouldn’t worry - and hey your first impression is always what counts and that is obviously amazing.

    Knobs might be plastic or they are just on a little crooked. If not they are super cheap to replace.
     

  6. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 5, 2015
    The EU
    I second that Squiers are great.
    I second that the stuff on the pole pieces is just wax.
    I second that we need pics.
    I don't really have a lot of new stuff to say, do I?

    The pots though... many scratchy pots aren't scratchy - it's the knobs sitting too close to the pickguard. Try pulling them a little further up.
     
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  7. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    This. My Roadhouse was a little scratchy until I pulled the plastic off the guard, it was making just enough contact to be noticeable.
     
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  8. bluepixel

    bluepixel Strat-Talk Member

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    I do like my Squier a lot! Don't get me wrong! :thumb: I had no idea about wax. Good to know.

    Here they are: http://www.strat-talk.com/threads/hi-all.464600/#post-3090134

    It sure was a good impression. Might consider it if I remove the pastic and it still feels a bit rough. Thanks!

    It seems kind of tricky. Is there a "right" way of pulling them?

    I'll report back. Thanks!
     

  9. RegularJim

    RegularJim Strat-Talker

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    I lay a business card on the pick guard use a dull flat object under the edge (the lever on my fingernail clippers works well), turning the knob as I gently pry. When it's up high enough to grab with my fingers, I wiggle and pull the knob. Make sure to get all the pick guard plastic out from under the knobs.
     

  10. NickDG

    NickDG Strat-Talker

    413
    Apr 22, 2015
    California
    My Squire didn't have any ~concerns~ :D
     

  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Are you sure about that? It looks more like buffing compound residue to me.
     

  12. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    Just remove the knobs like this:



    It will not hurt anything. Then remove the plastic from the pickguard, and put the knobs back on. :)
     
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  13. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Your guess is probably better than mine.
     

  14. AndSomeone

    AndSomeone Strat-Talker

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    I just use a shoe lace and wrap around under and pull. Then I walk out the door with only one shoe tied.
     

  15. bluepixel

    bluepixel Strat-Talk Member

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    So... I finally tried with two picks and it was a success! Plastic peeled off! Well... mostly. Why don't they do something that can be removed without unscrewing everything??

    I'm worried about the backplate. I had to unscrew a tiny bit to remove the plastic (there was no plastic to peel in fact, but there was plastic under the screws :thumbd:) and I'm a bit paranoid if I tightened them correctly. Maybe too much? Is this a big deal?
     

  16. AndSomeone

    AndSomeone Strat-Talker

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    I wouldn’t really worry to much just don’t over tighten stuff, I’ve taken my guitars apart many times and I’m no guitar tech. It’s always the new item paranoia ha ha.
     
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  17. bluepixel

    bluepixel Strat-Talk Member

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    Totally hahaha.

    Well, I tightened a bit. Certainly not excessively, but I pushed it a teeny bit so it wouldn't be loose. Maybe, since I removed the plastic under the screws, it let me turn a bit more. Then I saw the backplate sideways and it felt like there was a small gap. I suppose it's not easy to bend it, is it? It's rather thick.
     

  18. Count Glockula®

    Count Glockula® Strat-O-Master

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    Aug 16, 2009
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    Watch some of Fender university vids on YouTube. There's wax under the screws to prevent the wood stripping or to better sit in the wood. So when removing the screws, put a little wax (candle wax) on the tornados and screw it in.
     
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  19. bluepixel

    bluepixel Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks! But I didn't unscrew it entirely. Just loosened each screw a bit to let the underlying plastic go.
     
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  20. bluepixel

    bluepixel Strat-Talk Member

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    Feb 24, 2018
    Spain
    Ok, so I raised the pickups a bit and I left the bridge as is. I don't use the tremolo, but since it's new, I prefer not to touch it for a while. I put new strings on, though :)

    The neckplate seems fine. It looked slightly bent, but it turned out to be a shadow :whistling: