Does the wood on this Strat seem normal?

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  1. Willmunny

    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I wood sat it looks cool
     
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    Yes, it's called wood. It grows on trees.
     
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    dscottyg Strat-O-Master

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    Sounds like it’s not something that’s considered a poorer quality wood. The other guitars I was looking at just have wood grain lines but not those little dark lines. Someone mentioned that they are mineral streaks. It’s a pretty light Strat. 7 lbs., 10 oz. I thought maybe there was a correlation between wood with mineral streaks and weight. Ok. I gotta go recheck the door locks now.
     
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    dscottyg Strat-O-Master

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    There’s little black lines, like little hairs or cracks randomly between the grain lines. Apparently no one thinks it’s cause for concern.
     
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    You can see the mineral streaks on mine quite clearly behind the bridge.


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    Bet that came from a tree. :thumb:
     
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    you will notice in this raw piece of alder, the very same grain patterns.... it is what it is..

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    dscottyg Strat-O-Master

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    There are little black hair-like lines or like little cracks randomly in the wood. I added little blue arrows to the photo. Other people couldn’t see them also.
     
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    dscottyg Strat-O-Master

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    Not the grain, the little black random cracks. I added blue arrows to the photo.
    I notice you’re a Gators fan. I’m in Jacksonville.
     
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    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    here's another Alder body, unfinished, where you can see the "little black random cracks". if you're still worried about them c'mon by and I'll show ya some completely raw lumber with the lil boogers... they're just part of the visual characteristics of Alder..


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    Doesn’t look right to me. It’s very likely that the wood from this guitar was taken from a tree on an old Indian burial ground. Playing this guitar will no doubt summon some spirits that you don’t want to mess with.. avoid at all costs. Send it to me if you’ve already purchased it and I will do my best to cleanse it, if I cannot successfully do this then I will keep it at no cost to you.
     
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    My #1, an 87 American Standard, is a brown sunburst. There are spots on the back and front where the grain pulls apart much more than in the op's picture. In one spot there is sort of an s curve where the surface layer goes from one side of the crack to the other. I figure it must not have been dried correctly. I also assume they filled in the cracks before sanding. I had the guitar for many years before I noticed this! It has never been an issue. Sorry, I don't have a picture handy.
     
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    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    Not "apparently"...100% definitely, no one thinks it's a cause for concern.
     
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    Ya, and if you look to the left of the bridge on my Les Paul, you'll see it there as well.
    It's normal. It is not a defect any more than figuring is a defect (yes, flame and quilted maple are "defects").
    It is simply mineral streaks that the tree has pulled up from the ground in drawing in water.

    It means that the wood your guitar was made from had a well balanced diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals :D
     
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    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    We all see what you're referring to, and telling you it's completely normal.
     
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    I’d be more concerned about the metal lines running across the neck.
     
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    Normal
     
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