My newish American Original 60’s - the good and bad

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by _Hawk_, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    The fretboard looks super dark and delicious. Kind of surprised to hear it was a lot lighter. I've never seen a huge difference with oiling (Mineral Oil) a fretboard, and nothing that lasts very long.
     
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  2. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    Wow that looks amazing!
    I'm in agreement with the post about fender getting a plek machine.
    Or at the very least, have a station on the assembly line that is dedicated to putting the neck exactly straight, and leveling the frets.

    I don't understand why fender gets a pass on this.
     
  3. _Hawk_

    _Hawk_ Strat-Talk Member

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    To clarify that, it was just dried out and dusty/dirty. Not light like PF for example.
     
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  4. integra evan

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    The color looks like it has more depth than my candy apple red classic 60s. Looks really nice
     
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  5. Rocket King

    Rocket King Strat-Talker

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    First off : beautiful Stratocaster, congratulations!
    I'm happy you've worked out the problems. I also agree with you and the others though : that's unacceptable on an instrument in that price range.
    I also have an American original 60s, Olympic white, bought it sight unseen.
    I love it.
    From the description yours sounds lighter.
    No fretboard problems though.
    The guitar was checked and set up for me before being sent.
    And I think that explains why you and others had problems : fender sent out a partially defective guitar and the sellers didn't bother to check it out either.
    That's a double failure in my book.
     
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  6. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    Happy New-ish Guitar Day! That’s a beauty. I’ve never had a CAR Strat but they sure look nice in that colour.

    Regarding the setup, my first Strat had a really bad setup out of the box. I bought it brand new and it put me off Fender guitars for a long time. My other guitars (Ibanez Japan) we’re perfect out of the box so I had no idea that I’d need to spend some time getting my brand new Am Standard in playing shape after purchase. I know better now and have the tools to do it.

    I guess it doesn’t hurt sales so they don’t care but in a perfect world, if I were Fender, I’d insist that my dealers have someone on staff who’s trained to provide a proper setup as part of the deal so that the guitars are at their best right out of the box. A lot can happen between Corona or Mexico or Japan, China, Indonesia, Korea and here so with temperature and humidity changes a Guitar is going to need a little attention to make sure it’s in its best condition once it arrives. I guess that’s too much to ask though.
     
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  7. telepraise

    telepraise Strat-Talker

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    I guess I got lucky, my MIM Deluxe strat came with perfect frets right out of the box. In fact it is the only one out of 5 new guitars I didn't need to touch up the frets on. And they are nicely crowned and polished, all I had to do is round the edges of the fretboard and oil it like crazy. Of course it came from Sweetwater, so I knew nothing too glaring was pass through them.
     
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  8. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    We keep buying them, so there is no reason for Fender to change their ways.
     
  9. Fuggle

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    She’s a straight up beaut! I’m generally not a fan of dark wood fretboards on Strats, but sometimes it just works. :thumb:
     
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  10. jrbirdman

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    I love that dark fret board, it makes the CAR pop!
    It's a keeper, I would have fixed it too.
     
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