Wood grain knot on EJ Strat Neck. Worth exchanging?

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  1. Richard McKay

    Richard McKay Strat-Talk Member

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    By the time you try to sell it, hopefully that won't be the only mark on it.
     
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    This thread is helping me! I’m about to buy my first Strat. Knowing as long as the “blemish” does not compromise play, and you are not “bothered” by the look, it makes a guitar more endearing...if that’s even possible. My first guitar, a Taylor GS Mini, has a “Sharpie Freckle” on a visible brace. I didn’t notice it at first in my excitement to own it. I decided it was a great way to know it was mine. And I wonder about who put it there, did they mean to do it, do they play guitar,...I hope they are well.
     
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    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have an Allparts 60's reissue neck that has a large knot under the ball of the headstock - doesn't effect playability or tone, and from a playing angle I don't even see it:

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    Knots resonate well. Doesn’t that make the neck kine of unique? It looks sort of cool. I think.
     
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    Just move forward and practice and play that beauty!
     
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    mazzolar59 Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    First of all, congratulations on your new EJ strat. I love mine and will never part with it. Personally, I don't think it would bother me but, I don't own it; you do. If it bothers you, then exchange it for a new one. If it doesn't, than keep it. As far as value, I don't think it makes a difference. Especiall if you end up loving the guitar as much as I do mine because, you'll probably keep it for a very long time.
     
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    Hi Ethanm

    If that blemish were on a mim strat or even an Am Pro it probably wouldn't bother me too much as long as I couldn't feel it. However, EJ strats are among the most beautiful guitars Fender manufactures and you're paying for that beauty and the clear, higher grade wood that goes into an EJ strat.

    It's questionable whether that piece of maple with that blemish should have been used on an EJ. It obviously bothers you and I can't honestly say it wouldn't bother me. I see nothing wrong voicing you concerns to the seller.

    Jim
     
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    It’s beautiful. Appreciate it as it is. Nature is perfect in it’s own way. It’s wood for God’s sake!
     
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    It's a strat with some guys name on it...I honestly have more issues with the plethora of signature guitars Fender makes than a wood blemish. All my guitars are My signature guitars, and they are one of a kind. I would never own a signature...I'm no copy cat.
     
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    I don't understand why you purchased it. Did you not notice it? If they'll exchange it and it bothers you go for it, but that is a natural thing, not a flaw.
     
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    As long as the surface is smooth and its a good player it wouldn't bother me at all, actually I think it gives it a unique look.

    But if it bothers you to the point that, when you pick it up, there's always that voice on the back of your head reminding you of that spot, exchange it for another one if the shop allows it.
     
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    SEND THAT BACK!!!!! Unless there's a Squire EJ model, NO F***IN' WAY.
     
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    Totally not the same thing.
     
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    Why bother playing guitar if you're worried about its looks. An EJ Strat is meant to be played, not stared at!
     
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    Custom Shop? or Corona production? If Custom Shop I'd consider returning it but only because I paid so much for it $5,000.00 compared to a Corona production model @ $2,149.00. Wood is a beautiful, natural material and as such is prone to deviations. I'd expect Custom Shop guitars to be built from the finest materials Fender has access too. I'd expect American made in Corona production guitars to be built using excellent materials but not necessarily up to the same stringent standards as Custom Shop built guitars. Just my opinion of course. Good luck.
     
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    Imagine this guy trying to sell his guitar. No one would buy it with all those flaws.

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    If you want a perfect finish, if that’s possible, spend $4000 for a custom shop strat. Otherwise enjoy what you have for the little money you spent!
     
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    I wouldn't exchange it, the only person that's gonna know it's there is you...:)
     
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    I'd say keep it. Its not a bug, it's a feature. ;)
     
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    Back of the neck? It’s a non issue.
     
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