Quality Issues

Nocevets

Strat-Talk Member
May 19, 2019
28
Scotland
I just recieved my new FSR player strat from Andertons online store and am really appauled at the sub standard finishing of the guitar and wondered if anyone else has recently encountered a drop in standards? Fender guitars have always been my instruments of choice since my first MIJ E series in 1984, I own several now including a player series telecaster I purchased last year and was blown away by the quality. It seemed a no brainer when the elctron green strat appeared in the UK recently. On unboxing the jack plug nut was loose and the internals bent so badly the lead didn't make contact and just fell out the socket, the nut was coverd in glue and the slots were badly cut and ragged cusing pinging when bending the top three strings, the saddle had not been addjusted but the worst offender was the fret ends which were protruding razor sharp and rough-really nasty. I was able to sort everything with a couple of hours work but shouldnt have had to. Anybody recieving this guitar without the means to carry out the work would either have had to pay additional costs or return the instrument. I would like to think there has just been an oversight with quality assurance but as yet Fender have not responded to my comments. Was I just unlucky?
 

nickmsmith

Dr. Stratster
Jul 28, 2011
14,194
USA
My last new fender purchase wasn’t faulty, but it was uninspiring. I would not buy it again. If it’s not good, return it.
 

Intune

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 14, 2021
4,473
Edmonton, Alberta
Fret ends I can understand, still annoying but half the fenders I pick up off the wall have sharp fret ends at my local shops. You can usually get it addressed if buying in store prior. Online different story.

However the loose jack and poorly cut nut should’ve all be kinda done at the factory. These days you really don’t know what you’re going to get right out of the box.
 

ido1957

Senior Stratmaster
Oct 13, 2014
3,141
Canada
I bought a cheapo (new in box) Squier PJ bass which had serious fret sprout, bad nut, garbage pots etc $329 I think.
I had fun screwing around with it as a project and it actually plays ok now. Anything more expensive, I would return.
TBH I've got 3 Strats and none had any issues when I bought them. 78 Hardtail, EC, Elite
 

Nocevets

Strat-Talk Member
May 19, 2019
28
Scotland
Yeah under normal circumstances I would have returned the guitar without hesitation. I'd been holding off for a new strat until I found the colour I wanted and this was it and the last one available. Anderson's offered to fix tbf but impatience forced my hand to do it myself. It's all good now but I was really pissed off at the time.
 

sonny wolf

Most Honored Senior Member
Aug 7, 2009
5,219
austin texas
Generally the Mexican Fenders are excellent in terms of build quality...with a tweak of a set-up they play really well.But yeah occaisionally you will encounter one with less than perfect workmanship.I have encountered a few that had sharp fret ends or frets that weren't properly levelled and some notes choke out but the vast majority of them are great.Always try before you buy when possible and if you are ordering then make sure you can send it back if dissatisfied.
 

Helter Skelter

Strat-Talk Member
Mar 19, 2013
58
In the clouds
Andertons have been great in my experience with a guitar that wasnt finished ti my standard, so sent it back. No questions asked. If you weren't happy, return it. Sounds like you just wanted a story to tell the lads lol
 

MickeyPicky

Strat-Talker
Jul 9, 2020
125
Nevada
I just recieved my new FSR player strat from Andertons online store and am really appauled at the sub standard finishing of the guitar and wondered if anyone else has recently encountered a drop in standards? Fender guitars have always been my instruments of choice since my first MIJ E series in 1984, I own several now including a player series telecaster I purchased last year and was blown away by the quality. It seemed a no brainer when the elctron green strat appeared in the UK recently. On unboxing the jack plug nut was loose and the internals bent so badly the lead didn't make contact and just fell out the socket, the nut was coverd in glue and the slots were badly cut and ragged cusing pinging when bending the top three strings, the saddle had not been addjusted but the worst offender was the fret ends which were protruding razor sharp and rough-really nasty. I was able to sort everything with a couple of hours work but shouldnt have had to. Anybody recieving this guitar without the means to carry out the work would either have had to pay additional costs or return the instrument. I would like to think there has just been an oversight with quality assurance but as yet Fender have not responded to my comments. Was I just unlucky?


I am appalled at the British spelling of said word. I’m surprised you didn’t realize that those are standard issues with the Player series, short of the disconnected lead issue. People will guffaw till blue in the face on these forums that the player is every bit the quality of its older, more sophisticated cousins, while ignoring the finish and fret points, among other issues (far inferior electronics - they just say ‘replace, all good’ like it’s nothing).

Welcome to Straight Talk
 

Brucegomb

Strat-Talker
Jun 11, 2019
130
Hernando
I just recieved my new FSR player strat from Andertons online store and am really appauled at the sub standard finishing of the guitar and wondered if anyone else has recently encountered a drop in standards? Fender guitars have always been my instruments of choice since my first MIJ E series in 1984, I own several now including a player series telecaster I purchased last year and was blown away by the quality. It seemed a no brainer when the elctron green strat appeared in the UK recently. On unboxing the jack plug nut was loose and the internals bent so badly the lead didn't make contact and just fell out the socket, the nut was coverd in glue and the slots were badly cut and ragged cusing pinging when bending the top three strings, the saddle had not been addjusted but the worst offender was the fret ends which were protruding razor sharp and rough-really nasty. I was able to sort everything with a couple of hours work but shouldnt have had to. Anybody recieving this guitar without the means to carry out the work would either have had to pay additional costs or return the instrument. I would like to think there has just been an oversight with quality assurance but as yet Fender have not responded to my comments. Was I just unlucky?

Never seen glue used on a nut, that's beyond strange. Sounds like it was messed with before you got it. My experience with Fender is extremely good save some "sprouting" frets on the some of them but that's fixable and may be a storage issue. ONCE I got a dead pickup on one, it turned out to be intermittent so it probably worked at the factory. It was a noiseless stack coil and the middle solder area was inferior. Easily fixed if you know what to do.
 

bldwndp

Strat-Talker
Jul 29, 2013
144
California
ALL manufacturers and levels are rushing stock out at this time in this hot market. We're all paying more and they're spending less time and attention. There was a discussion about this on Phil McKnight's chat last week or so. The community is seeing a noticeable decrease in out the door QA/QC across the board as dealers can hardly keep up with demand.

Anderton's would likely have made it right for you had you given them the chance. Do you like it now? HNGD! Pics!
 


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