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Did I get fooled by Guitar Center? Help needed!!

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  1. little_wing142

    little_wing142 Senior Stratmaster

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    Hey Everyone, I need help determining if I got fooled by guitar center. I bought a used guitar that I had been looking for, a Fender American Vintage reissue 1959 strat in Sonic Blue. There were pretty rare new, so finding one used was great. I got it shipped from the GC in South Austin to my house in NJ for about $1300 out the door. It was an amazing price so I jumped on it. It has its share of checking and discolorations of the finish which is fine for a used guitar and gives it that relic vibe. Well about 3 days after I got it I decided to open it up and make sure that the insides are what they are supposed to be. The guitar plays and sound good, mind you. So the body and the pickguard are correct for the model, with all the appropriate markings. However two things jumped out at me. First, the body and neck plate are dated 2014 while the neck is dated 2016. Can this be correct? The neck is definitely from the model of AVRI 1959 but I'm afraid I was sold a partscaster with no disclosure. The second thing, and this is not GC's fault, is that the neck is covex and has a backbow. The truss rod turns loose, and won't affect the position of the rod. The neck plays well and the frets are straight as I have medium to low action on the guitar. Are both these things deal breakers? Should I return it, or make a big deal of it?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. little_wing142

    little_wing142 Senior Stratmaster

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  3. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Sticker bushes and Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Send it back
     
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    Guitarmageddon Squier Freak Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If ths truss rod won't tighten, send it back.....for that reason alone, that is a deal breaker! It should turn and tighten when you use a screwdriver on the heel, going clockwise....
     
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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    I'd send it back because of the truss rod alone.
     
  6. guitartwonk

    guitartwonk Strat-O-Master

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    Never mind the difference in year. The neck is FUBAR, so send 'er back. They sold you a lemon. You deserve a full refund to my mind.
     
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    If the neck has a backbow and the truss rod is already loose, then tightening it won't do any good, the neck is fubar. :confused:

    Send it back.
     
  8. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier Freak Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Backbow means too much relief right? That's what I always took it to mean.....if so then tightening the rod would help.....I'm lost now.

    Anyway regardless of the neck's current position, if the rod doesn't even grab to tighten at all, that's another defect.....
     
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    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    Does the neck have a back bow when the strings are on it? If it does, and loosening the truss rod doesn’t help, then yes, by all means, send it back. The neck should have a slight forward bow with the truss rod engaged. The truss rod shouldn’t be loose and sloppy.
     
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  10. little_wing142

    little_wing142 Senior Stratmaster

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    thanks for your replies! When I say back bow I mean the the neck is concave or "over straightened." I checked this with a notched straight edge with strings on (full tension) and off.
     
  11. Guitarmageddon

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    Then yes, by all means return it - the neck is TOAST.
     
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    CephasG Senior Stratmaster

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    ^ This. Not worth it to pursue repair.
     
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    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    Another vote to send it back. Big drag as it sounds like you really wanted this type of guitar.
     
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  14. little_wing142

    little_wing142 Senior Stratmaster

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    thank you again for your replies. The tone of this thing is killer. I has that hollow old strat sound to it. There is crazy natural checking on the body, and and it actually plays well. I'm bummed. But what a great community we have here! thanks again!
     
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    Guitar Center strikes again, they know what they sent you, and if they don't know that's even worse.
    Send it back
     
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    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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    That is a shame. They are GREAT guitars!
     
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  17. little_wing142

    little_wing142 Senior Stratmaster

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    I need to find another one! unfortunately there are none on ebay and I think reverb has them for $2000+. It was the first 7.25" radius that I was able to play with no problems.
     
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    Backbow means the head is bowed toward the back of the guitar, giving the fretboard a convex shape... the opposite of relief. It makes a guitar unplayable, unless of course it can be corrected.
     
  19. Rounder44

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    See if GC can provide a new neck!

    Fender will deal with you IF you send necks in they will provide exact replacement at a cost.....

    I have a Telecaster and fell in love with the neck and wanted another to put on my other Telecaster and was told Fender will NOT sell the same USA made neck out right. I asked if I broke what then? The said send in and they will replace....with exact neck!

    I'd been looking for one of those and $1300 to your door is as good a deal as you'll find! Especially in Sonic Blue! That adds a bit of value! I only saw white and two tone burst in my 2 month search.

    If you like the rest contact GC and Fender to see if it can be corrected for minimal hassle and $$$.


    R44
     
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    nederemer Senior Stratmaster

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    Side note, I don't think you have to send it back. I'm pretty sure you can return it to your local guitar center.
     
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