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76Strat
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Armpit of U.S. (NJ)

Black guitars look better in the shade!
Dec 4th, 2008 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It seems there are enough Fender Corporate guys lurking on this forum to give us an update.

Whadaya think fellas?

stratcowboy
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Dec 4th, 2008 06:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think they don't know. I've heard the same rap over and over again. How things are moving to start production in the CT factory with nothing coming from the WA factory. But that's exactly what they said last year at this time. Then the next batches of Guilds that became available this fall were from the Tacoma, WA plant. And the rap continues. I don't think they know and with the economy spinning down a black hole, they are probably re-thinking lots of stuff while scratching various body parts. Just MHO... And my F47RC disappeared into the FMIC fixit factory in Nashville a month ago with no word from the Fender super-secret guys. They must all be former CIA dudes, is my guess. HAH!!

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Lago

"Dyin' ain't much of a livin' "
Dec 6th, 2008 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have no doubt CT will be up and running and that a quality product will emerge.

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larrylunchbox

CA

Dec 16th, 2008 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's an email correspondence I had last June with Ed Treat of Fender Consumer Relations...

Subject: Proud owner of a Guild Starfire II
Hey there... can you please explain why Fender bought a company making fine electric guitars only to discontinue making them? After all, how many variations can you make of two guitars (Strat and Tele)?

REPLY:
We base all our decisions on demand, and there just wasn't the demand for the electric line of Guild products.

RESPONSE FROM ME:
It doesn't seem fair to buy a brand and then discontinue it - couldn't Fender sell the brand or tools or offer something to an interested party? The thing I don't understand is why Fender bought Guild and then started making Korean copies of Guilds under the DeArmond name. Didn't that undermine the good Guild name and erode sales?

RESPONSE:
Unfortunately, I do not have an answer for you. Those decisions are made by the exec's, just remember that things have a way of coming full
circle, and you never know the power that be might decide to bring them back.

Florida Mike
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United States

I can only Sing my Heart
Feb 22nd, 2009 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad I got my Tacoma D55 last year (2007)

Bing K
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USA Central Mont

Feb 27th, 2009 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At this time the Connecticut plant is in production of D-55s. Next is the D-50 and then on to the F-50 models including the 12 strings. F model production will be months down the road I'm afraid but is in the production plan. This from the man from Fender I talked to in our showroom last Wednesday.

stratcowboy
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USA/Taos, NM

Feb 27th, 2009 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad they're making progress. If you see "Mr. Fender" again, ask him why if they're making so much progress that my F47RC is still in Nashville "in their system" after 3-1/2 months and still not done. LOL!!

I've been doing my best to be cool and not bug them. Spoke to them once in the 1st week of December when they said it would be done "around" end of February. So I called again at the end of the 1st week of February and the guy tells me that it is scheduled to be done the last week of March. At that point they will have had my guitar for just short of half the time I've owned it. Sheeeesh!

Am I expecting too much?? Still, I'm leaving them alone until that last week of March rolls around. If I get another story then, I'll definitely start making waves.

Bing K
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USA Central Mont

Feb 28th, 2009 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It takes a while. We've learned to just wait it out. We just received an F512 that went down for work some months ago. It's one of those things you can't rush. With the custom shop here it's the same way; things take time.

stratcowboy
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Feb 28th, 2009 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Bing. You've been encouraging at other phases of this process. I think I'm being pretty patient with them. Most 19 year-old shredders would be calling them every 4 days and reaming them too. But I don't think 2 phone calls in 3-1/2 months is exactly hammering them.

Be cool...be cool...be cool...

I'm doing my best.

Thanks!

CurtO
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USA

Are there power outlets in Heaven?
Mar 1st, 2009 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I feel your Pain Stratcowboy! Mine will be there 2 months next week and I don't dare call them until the 90 day period when they first told me I could check back with them. One good thing... is that I will think I got a new guitar when it finally gets here. (Assuming they don't botch the job) Please post here when you get your sweet ax back.

76Strat
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Armpit of U.S. (NJ)

Home of the 10 lb. Stratocaster
Mar 2nd, 2009 01:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bing,

I knew you would be first with the info.

Thanks!

jay1vinton
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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Aug 2nd, 2010 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm surprised that they have curtailed the electric line so harshly. I would love to see yet another reissue of the S-100 like they did in the 90's but with the quality and style of the ones from the 70's. Demand indeed though does rule.

quali

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El Californio

Aug 3rd, 2010 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FYI, Premier Guitar mag gave the new F-512 Jumbo (Made in Hartford) a stellar review in the July issue:

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