Genuine fender or genuine fender partscasters

Factory fender or genuine fender partscasters

  • Factory fender

    Votes: 76 81.7%
  • Genuine factory parts into a hybrid

    Votes: 17 18.3%

  • Total voters
    93

Intune

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 14, 2021
4,863
Edmonton, Alberta
I started a poll here because there seems to be a debate on the matter.

When buying a fender Strat do you guys prefer or require the guitar to be genuine fender factory built or can it be fender parts built to make up a fender Strat and still be sold as a genuine fender.

I had to edit this to make more sense.

So who thinks it’s ok for a random dude that swapped out a neck, body or built a genuine fender partscasters and selling it as a genuine fender Stratocaster is ok? It’s all fender parts right?
 
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CattleDog73

Strat-Talker
Jul 18, 2020
298
MA
When buying a fender Strat do you guys prefer or require the guitar to be genuine fender factory built or can it be fender parts built to make up a fender Strat and still be sold as a genuine fender.

It may be Fender parts, it may even be better than the original, but it’s not a genuine Fender. If it were advertised as such it would end up as a ‘is this fake’ thread here.

So I would buy either, as long as the partscaster was priced accordingly and I could test it because who knows who put it together.
 

Intune

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 14, 2021
4,863
Edmonton, Alberta
I prefer to assemble my own with OE parts from similar eras.

Sure 100%, I love my home built partscasters. Just would you if ever sold off tell the buyer it’s a genuine fender? That’s kinda why I started this poll. Some members here think if it’s genuine parts or none original to leaving the holy grail factory it’s A ok.
 

ido1957

Senior Stratmaster
Oct 13, 2014
3,141
Canada
IMHO that would be a Fender partscaster and as I buyer I would appreciate it being describe that way.

Let the buyer decide if they want to buy it with full disclosure.

The end product may even be superior to a factory original. Again let the buyer decide if that is in their opinion worth buying.
 

AntStrat

Dr. Stratster
May 6, 2019
13,221
US
I *might* consider a fender parts built to make up a fender Strat ONLY if it's from someone I know well. Otherwise 100% factory for me.

"swapped out a neck, body or built a genuine fender partscasters and selling it as a genuine fender Stratocaster is ok?"

No, not ok without full disclosure. No disclosure = douchenozzle dishonest jerkoff crook.
 

Intune

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 14, 2021
4,863
Edmonton, Alberta
I *might* consider a fender parts built to make up a fender Strat ONLY if it's from someone I know well. Otherwise 100% factory for me.

"swapped out a neck, body or built a genuine fender partscasters and selling it as a genuine fender Stratocaster is ok?"

No, not ok without full disclosure. No disclosure = douchenozzle dishonest jerkoff crook.

I feel pretty much the same as ido1957. Whatever combo of things it is, sell it as it is honestly.

Yes exactly full disclosure. Not denying, pointing fingers or judging anyone that has a sweet fender partscasters or hybrid. I have a few and can’t get over how good they are.

Just if I decide to sell off one the ad will have full disclosure, why because it’s not really a genuine fender. Sure the parts are but it didn’t come new from GC, well maybe. Depending on location I guess.
 

Kestrel

Strat-Talker
Silver Member
Sep 25, 2017
463
Northants England
One of the greatest points when Leo started making Guitars was that you could swap parts to suit your needs or when they just worn out, of course in those days you could only get Fender parts to fit your Fenders, now you have a multitude of company's to buy from, I love my original Fenders but I equally love the ones I have built myself, if I were buying a Genuine Strat I would make sure it was 100% right, then I would alter it to suit me but would keep all the parts just in case I wanted to pass it on.
 

Rickety

Strat-Talk Member
Oct 6, 2021
80
Devils Lake, ND
I would be okay with building a partscaster for myself, but buying one without someone saying that's what it is?... I mean would you like it if someone sold you a 'genuine Lamborghini' only to find out later that they had built it themselves out of Lamborghini parts and it wasn't factory made? That's a no from me dawg.

I would prefer to just buy my strats from the source.
 

helliger

Strat-Talker
Feb 25, 2021
207
richmond
Whenever I sell a guitar I just mention everything about it and let the buyer decide how they want to categorize it. If I didn't change a thing I'd say it's stock and if I changed anything I'd just mention what I changed.
 

msbrech

Strat-Talker
Jun 19, 2021
141
Dover, Pa
I'd say, putting aside any debate over the quality of a partscaster and whether it's a worthy instrument or not, if it's a guitar that I assembled myself using all Fender original parts, procured from Fender directly, and I was going to sell it, I would not call it a genuine Fender. I'd call it a partscaster made with all OEM Fender parts, and price it accordingly. And hopefully I had all the paperwork to back that up.

Likewise if I bought a Fender strat let's say from a store and did some mods (say for example I got a Fender Player and dropped in Seymour Duncans in place of the original pickups), I'd make note of that as well.
 

AxemanVR

I appreciate, therefore I am...
Silver Member
Feb 8, 2014
5,888
Minnesota USA
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I suppose if someone were to buy, say, three identical Fender Strats (same year, model, features and color) and for some unknown reason they swapped parts between them (and then forgot which parts were original to each of them) I would think that selling them as genuine Fenders is not too controversial.

But, if swapping a rosewood fretboard neck on a Strat that started off as maple and calling it "original" would definitely be considered deceptive

If something is original "to the best of their knowledge" (where even an expert can't tell), then I wouldn't see how it would matter. But if it's a flat out "partscaster" and a person tries to knowingly pass it off as something else? Well, that's just plain wrong.

Perhaps there's some room for a "grey area" but if it's "night and day" then the answer is clear.

Just trying to play the devil's advocate...



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axejock

Senior Stratmaster
Gold Supporting Member
Jul 26, 2018
2,324
Washington State
I *might* consider a fender parts built to make up a fender Strat ONLY if it's from someone I know well. Otherwise 100% factory for me.

"swapped out a neck, body or built a genuine fender partscasters and selling it as a genuine fender Stratocaster is ok?"

No, not ok without full disclosure. No disclosure = douchenozzle dishonest jerkoff crook.

I build lots of Partscasters and always do it for the sake of "liking to do it" and for the opportunity to have colors, neck types, pickup/electronics and sound characteristics that you cannot get "off the shelf". If I sell them, I always give complete descriptions that explain exactly what is in the guitar, usually referring to them "Strat-Type Partscaster". But if could get called a "douchennozzle dishonest jerkoff crook" by not being so honest, it might actually give me inspiration to live up to the title!! :sneaky::sneaky:
 

Intune

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 14, 2021
4,863
Edmonton, Alberta
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I suppose if someone were to buy, say, three identical Fender Strats (same year, model, features and color) and for some unknown reason they swapped parts between them (and then forgot which parts were original to each of them) I would think that selling them as genuine Fenders is not too controversial.

But, if swapping a rosewood fretboard neck on a Strat with one that started off as maple and calling it "original" would definitely be considered deceptive (just trying to play the devil's advocate)...



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Yes swapping parts around on 3 identical guitars for some odd reason and putting them together, sending a few back as original. Not real cool but really it may not be a issue. Technically speaking but I’m sure the store owner would want to know.

Yes a 60’s neck on a 50’s body for example that’s not original to fender and shouldn’t be sold as original.
 


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