Mine is four years old and is already on its way to looking awesome.
Any sort of lighting will make it turn yellow. Mine lives in my studio which has no natural light and it’s very yellow after only four years now.
Strange, if the pot is stationary it shouldn’t create any noise, should it? I’ve only had crackly pots when turning them and cleaning solved that, but when not being turned they had no effect. A dirty jack could have influence as it’s in the signal.
Sounds like a high fret. Take it back and get them to take a look with a fret rocker. Actually, you can take a look. Use a credit card and rock the edge on 3 frets at a time and if it rocks like a see saw then the fret in the middle is too high. At least you’ll know the problem.
Actually, most of these companies practice “on time inventory”. That means that the inventory is ready or has arrived just in time to ship it out so they don’t have to sit on stuff that is costing them. Fender doesn’t have much of anything sitting around, especially these days with inventory...
There are so many external factors that can cause noise with a single coil guitar.
Dimmer switches, computer monitors, cell phones, poor wiring in the house, so many things.
Does the noise get quieter when you touch the bridge or strings? How about if you move around or go to another room or...
I really don’t have that feeling with any of my gear. I have 8 Strats, 4 teles, 8 Les Paul’s, 5 SGs, 5 mustangs, 3 jaguars, I’m working on Rickenbacker’s now. I can’t possibly have enough of each. I’m always looking to add another even if I already have it, no two are alike.