Fender Roasted Maple Neck Defect Question

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  1. FSR-MZA

    FSR-MZA Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    Let me just start out by saying that I seem to have the worst luck on the planet. I recently bought a BRAND NEW Fender Roasted Maple Neck for my MIM Stratocaster that had a neck with a defective skunk stripe and some serious fretwear. Well, when the neck arrived it had what I could consider a defect where the tip of the skunk stripe is supposed to meet the neck. It looks like it has filling in it. It was the LAST ONE available from the merchant, so I was unable to exchange with the for another, so I went on to contact fender for a replacement. Well, each replacement I got had some form of defect (in my opinion, and that's why I'm asking on here, for your guys' opinion).

    Here are pics of the replacements. Let me know what you think? Are fenders necks having a major QC issue or am I just being too picky?

    Also, does anyone have a Fender Roasted Maple Neck? If so, could you check your skunk stripe and post a pic. I would like to see what other roasted necks w/ a skunk stripe look like.


    The original neck I purchased:

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    The first replacement (this one is totally defective, there is a divit/gouge/missing fill in the tip):

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    The Second Replacement:

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    Here is a pic of a 3rd neck that the fender rep has just personally checked out before shipping out to me, this one looks awful too (still has filling the the top, where I feel it should be wood-to-wood).

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  2. MT Poteet

    MT Poteet Strat-Talk Member

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    They don't make em' like they used to.

    I think they are all going to have a certain amount of filler, sorry to say.

    I'm surprised no one(Fender) has told you this before.
     
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  3. Blue Beagle

    Blue Beagle Senior Stratmaster

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    Absolutely nothing wrong with any of them from those pics. Rejecting all 3 is ridiculous IMO.

    You can’t see the tiny gap (that’s filled in so causing no issues anyway) without examining up close and with extreme scrutiny.

    As for fret wear, how is that possible on a new neck that’s never been attached to anything? Damage yes, wear no.
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    All 3 are normal.

    Nothing to worry about
     
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    wurly Strat-Talker

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    I own a couple of fender roasted neck, great necks.
     
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  6. Intune

    Intune Senior Stratmaster

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    Thing is I can see on all of them that whatever sealer they used has come out. It is normal to have a little gap there but it’s usually filled in.

    Since these are roasted and the allure is a raw feel with very little finish it’s like whatever sealer was there is now gone. If I could feel that with my hand I wouldn’t want it either. Is it a issue or problem, it probably isn’t.

    My million dollar Musikraft roasted neck had that. I cleared it in nitro, couldn’t feel it anymore. B6BCE60D-07B5-42DC-9C46-3F522EACDA14.png
     
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    It’s a man made product made of organic natural material. There is no perfection. Everything will have some type of defect it’s the nature of high volume manufacturing.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Wood is organic, it moves. Mass production is aimed at maximum profit for the lowest cost.
     
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    Another thing to remember is being a roasted neck the neck looses weight and some dimensional size after the roasting process. I doubt they cut each skunk stripe to fit each individual neck. That would add too much time and cost. They produce the skunk stripes in the same size and “make it work” with each individual neck.
     
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  10. 3bolt79

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    The neck in the fourth photograph looks pretty good. I would keep that one. If you can feel that, and it bothers you, brush in a little clear nail polish in the gap, and build it up, and sand it level. But I personally would leave it be.
     
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    What? That little gap render the neck totally defective?
     
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    Please remember where you are, logic has no place here.
     
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    ridiculous OCD strikes Strat Talk once again......
     
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    I'm not sure what the issue is.
     
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    Ain't a problem i can fix
    With CA and sawdust in the mix..

    This thread must be trolling only..

    I do have a roasted maple neck but have not checked that area.. Nor do i bother.
     
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    i want pics of the...serious fret ware too...cause if its equivalent to the skunk stripe one then you might consider taking up the keys instead of stringed instruments.....
     
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    Either I need a new prescription for my glasses or you’re nuts.
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a roasted maple too from Fender MIM. It’s a great neck!

    it also has a very minute gap at the end of the skunk stripe - I really think it’s a by product of the roasting process (ie dehydrated wood will shrink a tad bit)

    didn’t even notice it until I read your post. Life goes on - I think those necks are awesome
     
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    stratelespaul Strat-O-Master

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    I've got a roasted maple Tele neck and just the slightest hint of filler on the headstock side but a real gap on the microtilt end. 20211013_081902.jpg 20210928_075818.jpg 20210928_075818.jpg
    Neither bothers me. Can't feel the headstock side and can't see the microtilt side.
    YMMV
     
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  20. Intune

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    In all fairness guys I see where the OP is coming from. There is usually a gap there, no doubt. However with this neck coming with barely a finish and having to fill in yourself what should have been done already I’d be leery.

    Here’s a zoomed in pic of what I see as not acceptable on 2 of them.

    This one looks like the skunk stripe is already sunken in, the gap is more a shadow than a gap 48944A45-01AB-4672-9991-AEA8AE44D653.png

    This one not so bad but a new neck where you have to put your own sealer back in? I’d have no problem doing this but a new player or novice may see it as a problem F6CF6CA9-998B-422F-A811-A14505E56E75.png
     
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