Does the wood on this Strat seem normal?

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  1. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    If you do a Google Images search for "alder wood grain" you'll see a lot of variation, and some of the photos show lines like in your photos.
     
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  2. Guitarmageddon

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    They are not cracks, they are mineral streaks - and between this and you not wanting to buy a guitar with a shim, I really think you won't be happy with any instrument you ever buy or look at....
     
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    I have a Strat body that I swear has a grain pattern that looks like a picture of Eric Clapton under certain lighting conditions.

    Any offers?
     
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  4. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    My dad's '56 has those too:

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    But I want it to be perfect, so I guess the only solution ---like Hendrix--- is to burn it.

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  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I'll burn it for you if you're afraid it will bring you bad luck. :D
     
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    Is this a problem?!:eek:
     
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  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    He'll probably think that's termite damage...
     
  8. The_Whale

    The_Whale Strat-Talker

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    Somebody told me wood is made from trees; is this true?
     
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  9. StratUp

    StratUp Senior Stratmaster

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    No need to give a guy a hard time for asking about something he's not familiar with.

    There's not much point in posting questions otherwise.
     
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    You would think he had never seen wood before, going by his comments and questions.


    And I thought I was a perfectionist. Psshhtttt. I ain't got nothing on ole Scotty G lol!
     
  11. bluejazzoid

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    To be fair, the OP says "Apparently no one thinks it’s cause for concern" after getting his question answered, which to me sorta implies that to the OP those replying must be "blind to the horror" of inferior wood being used by Fender (or something like that).

    And as a counterpoint to saying there's no point in posting questions like this, this same exact question has indeed been asked (and answered) before here. So sometimes searching is just as good as asking -- even better, since search results don't require any reply.
     
  12. StratUp

    StratUp Senior Stratmaster

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    My experience is that searching sometimes yields the exact answer you need... and other times, a plethora of posts with a myriad of conflicting opinions -so you want your own questions answered directly.

    But, the OP had a question. People can choose to answer it or not. If you don't find it worthy, meh, move on. No worries for anyone involved.
     
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  13. Stratoskater

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    Are you kidding? I mean come on OP I know you ask a lot of questions but this one is a joke right? Dude quit asking so much about your dang guitar and play the thing.
     
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  14. bluejazzoid

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    Okay - seriously, I don't know what you expect, but this is an online guitar forum populated with people from all over the earth, with diverse opinions, varying skills and knowledge ranging the full spectrum, different levels of inebriation, and ---most of all--- time to kill. So when asking a question here one should expect nothing less.

    If a business-like answer is desired, then this type question should be emailed to Fender for an official corporate response.

    And again, the exact question (as linked above) was asked and answered before:

    Q: what are these streaks in the wood? they dont appear to be cracks
    A: the wood is Alder.. the streaks are stress inclusions that happen as the tree is growing [per @Ronkirn :)]
     
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  15. StratAlchemist

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    As CB said, it’s wood, it’s normal.
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  16. Intune

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    To be fair @dscottyg does ask a lot and I mean a lot of these type questions. I’m ok with that, it’s a forum ask away. However he seems to start threads that provoke arguments between other members. Just look at all his questions started in the last week.

    I can see if these questions were coming from a 15 year old kid, but a 54 year old man from Florida. I mean I don’t know anyone’s life story here but man @Guitarmageddon was right, you’ll never be satisfied with any guitar out there.
     
  17. kurher

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    It's usually referred to as "ray" and it's common on alder bodies, sometimes even apparent through the finish like sink lines.
    Some makers in the States call it "alderitis".

    alder rays.jpg
     
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    That is a feature of alder timber, and is just a normal part of the grain of that wood.
     
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  20. FrieAsABird

    FrieAsABird Senior Stratmaster

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    Wood has wood grain, always been that way.
     
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