Yes mate. Modern Fenders are very iffy these days. Just ‘cos it has American on the headstock, they think that they can get away with shoddy workmanship! I think we are all beginning at last to suss them out. Those gaps in the neck pocket are so bad. Plus, how do you know that the shop did not do the scratch plate in? Get a Japanese one next time. Or even a Tokai.Hi all,
I’ve recently bought this beautiful American Original 60’s Strat. I must say I’m both impressed and confused at the same time.
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Firstly it’s an amazing sounding and playing instrument but there are two things I’ve noticed they don’t bother me but it shouldn’t be like this for an expensive guitar. I know it’s not a custom shop but it’s the top of the mass production model and not cheap over 3k AUD
So there is a neck pocket gap with mine I know few people complain about this online so I'll include it here. Any idea why the neck pocket is bad? I also found that all of the ones I tried that are AO 60’s had it in the shop, tried like 3 or 4?
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The second thing, which I think shouldn’t be there is the tool mark on the pickguard. The guys at the shop explain it would’ve happened during final adjustment at the factory because they dug a little bit of the truss rod as well.
So I guess they forced the screwdriver there to make adjustments? So weird why they didn’t just pop the neck and adjust it.
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I got a replacement as part of the warranty claim, I would’ve kept this guitar regardless (it’s the best sounding and resonant AO I’ve ever tried!!) but if they are willing to take my claim then I take it!
The guys at the store offer to swap it out for me but they were super nice and just had an overall great experience buying the guitar, I told them to don’t worry about and I’ll keep it as a spare. I mean these ‘plastic’ cover cost $70 here, crazy.
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I explain to them I don’t need them to do extra work for me, just thought I needed to be compensated by Fender, for not being careful at their factory.
For a guitar like this, I don’t think it should come like that… worst of all, one of the AO I tried had a really loose switch, which is weird….
Anyway, that’s my rant. The shop is called Billy Hyde if you ever visit Melbourne check them out, they are awesome!
Not sure if you guys will find this post but Steve and Dave from Billy Hyde you guys are legends!!