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Fender Elite Tuners, Horrible Quality

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  1. lincoln99

    lincoln99 Strat-Talk Member

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    I’ve always wanted a pair of these on my guitar so I went a head and pulled the trigger. First of let me say that these suckers are heavy, which is a plus. I was excited to get them in the mail today but was disappointed at their quality. Have a look a the picks and you can notice how scratched up they are. However, a major concern for me is the “bubbling” looking crap along the edge of the logo. Looks weird or am I hallucinating?

    Note that these were bought brand new in fender bag from a very reputable source.
     

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    Steve112 Senior Stratmaster

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    I can't believe those are new tuners. They look crappy, like poor quality replicas.
    That is NOT what I would expect new genuine Fender machine heads to look like.
     
  3. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Counting headlice on the highway Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'd suggest you send those back, it's not supposed to look like that. If it were me I'd spend a little more and get Schaller,, the gold plating on those are amazing.
    I'm sure they have different pegs in different shades and color so email them and ask.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Hammer 4

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    I agree. You buy those online..? If so, maybe give us a hint asto who it is, so others might avoid the same issue..?
     
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    Those look like the were salvaged . . . or scavenged.
     
  6. lincoln99

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    Wow those looks fantastic. Mine are crap compared to those. There is definitely something wrong going one
     
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    100% agree with you. The more I look around on the internet the more I am realizing that these are either second hand or even fakes :(
     
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    I’m don’t even want to mention the seller which everyone ones. Hopefully I can return them and buy a much better set from from Darren Rilley’s site
     
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    It depends, actually some people (like me, sadly) have corrosive sweat that can wreak havoc with gold plated tuners, it's not necessarily a question of quality. Not joking either.
     
  10. lincoln99

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    But these were sealed (stapled) in a Fender’s bag and sold as new. They hardly look anything close to new and the “bubbling” around the logo seem very suspicious.
     
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    I will give some letters and I’m sure you can figure it out if not PM me. Gu****Pa**R******* from fleabay
     
  12. Percy

    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    How can these tuners be brand new when the Elite Strat came out in 1983 or so.....Duh.....................
     
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    this....
     
  14. Hammer 4

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    Crap, I just bought some Wilkinson vintage tuners from that guy...:mad:
     
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    Funny you say that. After receiving them and looking at other pictures to compare quality I did come across the original Elite tuners. The detail on those are slightly different. The Fender logo has more detail and the rubber seal is darker in color. Here’s a pic for reference. I personally did not know until today. So the ones I purchased are reissues. Which is what everybody is selling these days.
     

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    They also look used to me - did these have the most current Fender tags on the bag? Could they have been sitting in a storeroom for years/decades before you bought them?

    How about a photo of the outer packaging? Let's see if these were current or sitting around for years.
     
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    nadzab Peace & Love, my Brothers & Sisters... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Got a link to the original listing? I'd be curious to see what the photos looked like and how they were represented.
     
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    ocean Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Unless you want the relic look.. Ask for refund.. IMO
     
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    Here's the image that I took of the packaging. Did it with the iPhone so hopefully they all show up
     

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