Jump to content
Gibson Brands Forums
Sign in to follow this  
StRanger7032

Fender USA quality

Recommended Posts

I've owned 3 USA Fenders in the last few years: A 2014 Strat Standard, a 2013 Tele Standard, and a 2013 Strat Deluxe. The two Strats have both had major fretboard problems. The 2014 Strat was so bad it got returned to Guitar Center. The 2013 Strat just went in to have all the frets glued back down and a major fret job ($120). The guitar has been played maybe 10-15 hours. Its been kept in the proper humidity, so that's not the issue. While Gibson's quality seems to have been on the rise in the last few years, my experiences with Fenders from the same model years have not inspired confidence. I would expect this kind of problem with a Chinese Squier, not a high dollar USA made instrument. At least the 2013 Tele has held up well so far. Anyone else have problems with USA Fenders lately or is it just me?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have 4 US Fenders, 4 MIM, 3 Chinese, and 1 Japanese. They include A Strat, Teles Jazzmasters, Jaguars and a Marauder. I bought my daughter a couple of Squiers on top of those as well. They are all truly fine guitars, though the Chinese Marauder and one of my kid's Squiers were shoddy wiring jobs.

 

No fret problems, no tuning issues, no hardware issues.

 

The MIM Fenders honestly are well and truly some of the best electric solid body guitars for their price, and offer really great value for money.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The only US Fender of mine is my Telecaster Deluxe Ash made in 2012. The problems due to workmanship were:

 

- Both the threads in the wood for mounting the control and switch plate were dull. The Thomann service used woodplugs for repair.

- The soldering point of the bridge pickup's hot wire at the blade switch was bad. No problem for the Thomann service though.

- One of the string ferrules fell off during the first string change. I glued it back in using paper glue.

 

There also has been what I think is a design fault. The one-ply pickguard bulged and vibrated annoyingly. I replaced it with a three-plies laminated one which solved the problem.

 

Other than that she's an exceptionally great guitar. All of my pals are stumped and amazed by tone and sustain. The latter keeps up with most Les Paul guitars. I believed in an instant that Jimmy Page used a Tele for recording his "Stairway To Heaven" solo. My alder-bodied MIM Teles can't compete. However, the American Standard Ash Tele of the bandmate who sadly passed away five weeks ago is very close.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

had a 2006 strat that absolutely refused to sound like an LP. i totally got rid of it

 

Hysterical. ..

 

My most recent fender is a 2014 US standard which has been great cept it also won't do the Les Paul thing at all, I don't know what is causing this,,,, doh!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 2010 Standard Strat, 60th Aniv. Tele, 2013 Standard Strat & and a 60th Aniv. Strat. All pretty much flawless and I was delighted they didn't sound like a LP or I would have had to get rid of them!!! [biggrin]:rolleyes:

 

Fit, finish, sound, electronics etc. beyond my expectations. Esp. on the Annie's, & 2013.

 

Aster

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1999 American STD Strat and a 2007 American STD Tele. Slight paint issue on the Strat, no issues on the Tele. Both great guitars.

 

1996 and 1998 Studio LPs, both perfect. Three Memphis ES-335s from around 2005 that all had neck and fret issues.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

had a 2006 strat that absolutely refused to sound like an LP. i totally got rid of it

Hysterical. ..

 

My most recent fender is a 2014 US standard which has been great cept it also won't do the Les Paul thing at all, I don't know what is causing this,,,, doh!!!!

[biggrin] You brought me a hell of a laugh, mates! [lol]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I once owned a real nice Indonesian Affinity Telecaster that was a decent guitar, a couple Affinity Strats, and my only complaint on any of them was the beyond-crap-tuners, otherwise they were great players. Right now I have a dumpster save in a Johnson Stratothingy with a Starcaster neck that after a few minor tweaks and re-solders is the best playing/sounding of ANY of the others. Last Fender I had was a MIJ Strat with a floyd/license bridge that was one of my favorite guitars until it, among others, was stolen...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

20150310_091230_zpstgs4nlk5.jpg

I've got a Chinese made Modern Player Strat and it's a great guitar. Nothing wrong with it at all. Even the wiring is ok (I changed the pickguard).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello!

 

I am a happy owner of a 2010 MIM Standard Ash Tele (FSR), and a 2013 AM Deluxe Strat. Both were great out of the box. After a bit of personalization of the setup, they are both perfect.

 

And the Tele does the Les Paul thing too! One of my main shredders.

 

Cheers... Bence

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have 3 USA Fenders.........

 

2011 American Standard Tele.

2011 American Special Strat.

2013 American Select Tele HH.

 

The Am Std. Tele is a good straight up guitar. It plays well, sounds like it should, etc. ZERO complaints, but it honestly doesn't WOW me. Not sure what it is.......again, good guitar. Well built. No problems.

 

The Am Select Tele is amazingly beautiful......its the one with the blackwood top. Looks great. Plays great. Very "solid" feeling......just has a stronger/beefier feel than the Am Std.

 

The Am Sp Strat is the surprise of the bunch........the cheapest by far, but it just blows me away. The neck is amazing. It is truly a joy to play. Sounds great.

 

Have not had a bit of trouble with any of them. Quality is very good. I will say I bought all of them used, so I can't say if the original owner had any issues, but no complaints here.

 

NHTom

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a lifetime since 1971 using Fenders. I can't imagine a home without a few. I've had dozens of them, none of them ever had a problem you wouldn't expect from them.

 

"I use Fenders because I love them, I hate Fenders because I use them". A famous guy said that to them long ago, and I didn't even get yelled at, they were fine with it! They are tough to play, and just tough, I love them.

 

rct

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its good to hear that most of your USA Fenders have been good quality. I guess I just got extremely unlucky with my 2 Strats. Things should be much better next week when I get the 2013 back. I took it to a very highly regarded luthier for the fret work. He showed me that the frets are pulling up in the center instead of the edges, which is unusual. He said he's seen plenty of new and nearly new Fenders and Gibsons with fret issues. None of my Gibsons have had any fret issues at all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

...He showed me that the frets are pulling up in the center instead of the edges, which is unusual.

 

Yes, pulling up from the center is a fret that wasn't fully pressed properly. Drive south to I40, make a right, stop in Winslow AZ and at the Meteor Crater, then head over to CA, left on I15, down to the Fedner factory and experience the chaos first hand! You'll see how it is quite possible for some frets to not get done right, that place is knutz.

 

rct

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hysterical. ..

 

My most recent fender is a 2014 US standard which has been great cept it also won't do the Les Paul thing at all, I don't know what is causing this,,,, doh!!!!

 

I saw an interview with Carlos Santana who said they spent two years on the pups for the new PRS Santana model "... trying to get it to sound like a strat..."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, pulling up from the center is a fret that wasn't fully pressed properly. Drive south to I40, make a right, stop in Winslow AZ and at the Meteor Crater, then head over to CA, left on I15, down to the Fedner factory and experience the chaos first hand! You'll see how it is quite possible for some frets to not get done right, that place is knutz.

 

rct

 

The luthier pretty much told me the same thing (minus the road trip). He said they just don't take enough time to get the frets perfect, even on USA made models. I'm optimistic that it will be perfect once he's done with it. I actually tried to sell it twice, but couldn't get anyone to pay what it should be worth. I decided that I'd want another Strat eventually, so it would be best to just keep this one and get it fixed to my liking.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The luthier pretty much told me the same thing (minus the road trip). He said they just don't take enough time to get the frets perfect, even on USA made models. I'm optimistic that it will be perfect once he's done with it. I actually tried to sell it twice, but couldn't get anyone to pay what it should be worth. I decided that I'd want another Strat eventually, so it would be best to just keep this one and get it fixed to my liking.

 

I am certain he will fix it up just fine, Leo wanted them to be repairable. Well, maybe not brand new repairable.

 

mmmmmm...road trip...I wear the San Juan Mountains on my left middle finger, carved in sterling by a lady up in Ouray.

 

rct

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...