Fender Roasted Maple Neck Defect Question

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  1. FSR-MZA

    FSR-MZA Strat-Talk Member

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    That looks pretty much perfect! That is how I expected my neck to arrive. I would be satisfied if ANY of the necks I received looked like that.
     
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  2. Intune

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    That was my impression of the roasted replacement necks. Chalky or like a light layer of dust was sprayed on it.

    When you look at the original neck that came on your guitar it looks to have a much better finish. I think the replacement necks are just poorly made/finished overall. It’s like they don’t get the same QC check over that the entire guitar would get.
     
  3. Antstrat

    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have plenty of experience with roasted chickens but not necks so I don't know a good one from a defective one.

    If it bothers you send it back or keep it and forget about it.
     
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    You need an electron microscope.
     
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  5. Colnago1

    Colnago1 Senior Stratmaster

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    I’m a picky consumer and all 7 of my skunk stripped Strats and my 3 Teles have perfect skunk stripes. I actually look for this as I do not like to feel the transition at all and we shouldn’t have to see a gap or feel it.
    Why can’t Fender dry wood, fit wood together, finish, glue, etc properly??
    If we accept certain things as being satisfactory, they’ll start getting away with more and more and we already pay so much money for these luxury items.
    Why not settle for perfect only?
    I’d we send back the imperfect products enough maybe they’ll up their quality?
     
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    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    This works better, this is my workshop at home.

    I scan all new guitars in case I have to send one back.

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  7. Intune

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    You may need a microscope to see it but you could feel it blind folded. A great guitar starts with a great feeling neck. At least that’s what I look for.

    These replacement necks not only look like trash but feel like it too. Gap or lack of sealer aside the finish looks like trash.
     
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  8. Colnago1

    Colnago1 Senior Stratmaster

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    My buddy is an x-ray tech and has some cool X-rays of some of his guitars.
     
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    knh555 Most Honored Senior Member

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    If I liked playing the neck, I wouldn’t care in the least. Priorities.

    If it distracted me, I wouldn’t keep it. I’m not sure what the big debate is all about.
     
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  10. StratMike10

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    If a microscopic gap is what makes the difference between a great feeling neck and trash, that first ding is gonna be pretty traumatizing.
     
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    You don't work with trusses do you?

    Are you my boss?
     
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    So if that showed up new with a ding you’d keep it? I’m not arguing with this as the little gap would be a issue. If I could feel it, yes it would bug me. I’d fill it in and not worry about.

    I’d be way more pissed about the trash finish on the neck. Gap aside that neck looks like it has the texture of sandpaper.
     
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    The skunk strip fitment in the RM neck I got earlier this year in my Mod Shop unit. Gap is so small it’s tough to see with the naked eye…Didn’t realize it was there until I zoomed way in on it…

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  14. Intune

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    See that’s a great fit. If you can’t feel it it’s a none issue. This 2nd replacement the OP got you could hide change in there. It look likes it’s actually pushed in. 571FA755-D86E-4091-9863-45CF28911E5C.jpeg
     
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    Holy crap, those magnified photos, you guys are crazy.
     
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    What’s crazy is that guys think a pushed in skunk stripe on a brand new fully returnable neck is acceptable. Magnified times 1000 doesn’t apply. You could be blind and still feel this.

    Wasn’t there a thread about colour choice but 95% of the reply’s were about neck feel is most important. I guess that goes out the window when there’s a “blemish” thread.
     
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    Ok since we’re sharing skunk stripes…. These are both Fender Flat Oval, roasted replacement necks. I would say the gaps are fully filled on both. Not sure if the pics show that very well.

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    I completely agree.
     
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    These late model iPhones make it pretty easy. Sure the Androids do, too.
     
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    Nice and tight right there!
     
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