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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / A detail not often replicated



Apr 3rd, 2012 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Custom Shop has produced some magnificent replicas of vintage Strats over the years and some of the new relics look staggeringly realistic. But one thing always puzzles me...that bit of the rosewood fingerboard that protrudes past the nut had (on original 59-62 slab boards) a distinctive curve to it - often a dead giveaway on fakes. Why does the Custom Shop not replicate this? Is it something to do with the way it has to be made these days? Just curious. Some Custom Shop models have been close - I have a JE Sonic Blue 59 Master Design - but still not quite accurate.



Space between...
Apr 3rd, 2012 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

the time machine 1960 reissues used to have that feature, not sure if they still do. But my 2001, surely does.



Apr 10th, 2012 09:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 2006 1960 relic has it as well :)



If you never try, you'll never know...
May 30th, 2012 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Same here ! ^^


Los Angeles, USA

Jun 14th, 2012 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a '62 strat with a lam board, and the curve is there - in the opposite direction of course.

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Jul 1st, 2012 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a CS TM 60 Strat and it has it.

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Oakville, ON Canada

Is it time for a new guitar yet?
Jul 2nd, 2012 09:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wish they'd get the placement of the strap pin right too.



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Jul 12th, 2012 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Which way should the curve go? Concave, or convex?


Los Angeles, USA

Jul 23rd, 2012 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Assuming the peghead is out, convex would be slab and concave would be lam.

uncle stack-knob
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united kingdom

Sep 6th, 2012 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

If that didn't get people guessing Ron, try looking at the other end of the neck, at the heel. On a slab-board, the truss rod drilling intersects the rosewood board, as it did on the originals.
If you stop and think about the steps in construction, then logically the rod would be fitted in the neck, the filler strip would go in and get trimmed, and then the board would be glued on... The adjuster drilling may well be present in the maple, but the very top of it will not be in the rosewood, and there will be the threaded end of the rod in there.If they pre drilled that tiny aspect in the rosewood it would hardly line up most of the time.
My guess has always been that they "chased the drilling in" with a hollow cutter bit to give clearance around the end of the rod.


(This message was last edited by uncle stack-knob at 07:33 AM, Sep 6th, 2012)

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U.S. - Virginia

Dec 17th, 2012 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

My 60 TM had this but I agree it was not the same as the real ones for whatever reasons. The real ones seem to have more of that curvature etc.

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