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Road Worn series......real wear???

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by sixtiesfan, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. go49ners

    go49ners Senior Stratmaster

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    The neck on mine feels completely bare like there is absolutely no finish on it at all. Its like nothing ive ever played on a Fender. Is that possible with a poly coating? I'm sincerely asking.
     
  2. stratman323

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    Don't take my word for it, check the Fender website.

    And if they have really rubbed all the finish off the necks, that's not very convincing for a relic either. Only a very heavily worn old guitar will have worn down to bare wood - it happens, but not often. Look at the Custom Shop relics - most of them have light wear on the nitro finish on the neck. Only the Heavy Relics have bare wood on the back of the necks.
     
  3. Yogi

    Yogi Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    yeah, its like a satin poly, very thin. It will eventually wear just not in the same way Nitro does. In fact the urethane on the RW necks is probably thinner than the "nitro" on AVRIs and CS necks. the finish on my CS 65 neck is pretty thick compared to my 1972 strat for instance.
     
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    I have a few Strats & Teles from the early 1980s. Nearly all of the nitro finished ones (AVRIs) show noticeable wear on the back of the neck, some have worn through the finish in places. Not one of the poly finished ones shows wear on the back of the neck, even the ones that have clearly been played a lot.
     
  5. TSims1

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    Have you played one of these guitars? If not, you may wanna check one out and see.....its not "poly" in the traditional sense. It does NOT look, or more importantly FEEL like poly. At all. It feels like finely and smoothly finished bare wood......nice and almost raw. Fast in the hand, very comfortable.
     
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    Not the new ones, which look like they're a bit of an improvement. I tried a couple of the RW 60s a while back & I wasn't impressed. Sanding all the poly off down to bare wood didn't impress me, not a convincing relic feel at all. The maple boards seem much more of a problem, but luckily it's rosewood all the way for me.

    I'm glad so many people get pleasure from these guitars, but the dishonesty in the advertising is something I find reprehensible. The fact that so many people don't even realise they've been duped worries & surprises me. We have a forum full of people who avidly scan the Fender website, & yet nobody ever seems to check the specs page for the RWs. :confused:

    Give me a Classic Series 60s any day. If I want to remove the poly from the back of the neck, I can do it myself, & make a better job of it than Fender do.
     
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    What do mean specifically as "dishonesty in the advertising"? And, for what its worth, the Road Worn Player Strats(ESPECIALLY the necks)are my favorite they offer(ed). Just really really comfortable.
     
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    This neck is poly, the headstock front is nitro

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  9. go49ners

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    This x10. It's hard to explain unless you've played one. I feel like the RW PLAYERS models (like Tony and I have) might feel different than the standard RW guitars, but I could be wrong there.
     
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    I've played both and they feel similar, the RW players just seem to have less wear to the eye, but they both have this cool naked wood feel to them, even though they have a thin urethane layer on them.
     
  11. TSims1

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    Plus the 9.5 radius.
     
  12. Buzzin_Cousin

    Buzzin_Cousin Senior Stratmaster

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    Is that a big headstock RW? When did they make those?
     
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    My '50s RW has a 7.25 radius.. do other models have a 9.5?

    Nevermind, just realized you were talking about the RW Players. My bad
     
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  14. Buzzin_Cousin

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    Thanks Tony.
     
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    No....he's showing an old Strat with poly wear.
     
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    Buzzin_Cousin Senior Stratmaster

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    Ah yes. I don't think I read that right the first time around.
     
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    I'm thinking about doing the same. Not because of the feel of the neck but because it looks a little pale to me. Probably a bit of stew Mac Amber and brown blend, with true oil over the top of that. I want to keep the raw part of the neck raw.
     
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    Good point. Hadn't thought of it that way.
     
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    Thx for all the responses and helpful info!!

    I own several vintage and newer relic Fender & Gibson guitars. I also own some Nash guitars and love them! I like the feel & appearance of well played guitar. I'm not a fan of poorly applied relicing, which is what prompted my question.

    New question......do the Road Worn Player Tele & Strats have more accurate specs to the original 50-60's Fender guitars?

    Jim
     
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