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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Is my American Strat a fake? Please help me!



I like guitars
Jun 4th, 2015 08:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Long story short, bought a used Strat and I thought I knew what I was doing, but being a Gibson guy I may have missed something. Someone pointed out to me that the gloss finish on the fretboard covers the sides of the frets (not on top where the strings touch). They said they never saw that before and it was odd. Now that has me worried something is wrong. copy and paste the links below to see different pics of my guitar and let me know if you think it is real or not. I can take more if you need to see something else on it. It is supposed to be a 2011 american standard strat.


(This message was last edited by tommersjay at 10:12 PM, Jun 4th, 2015)

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as I lay dreaming
Jun 4th, 2015 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Perfectly normal. The person that advised you may have seen only a lacquered fretboard that had a refret (hence no clearcoat on the fretwire).

From the factory, the clearcoat does pile up on the sides of the frets where they contact the fretboard.

You're okay with that Strat.



I like guitars
Jun 4th, 2015 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it.

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Jun 9th, 2015 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo +1, but I'll add that I've been told that Fender sprays maple fretboards after they're fretted but before the frets are leveled and dressed. Because of that you'll see lacquer on the frets.


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Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Sep 29th, 2017 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can confirm the practice by Fender, at least in the 90's of spraying the entire fretboard and neck in one shot AFTER the frets are installed.

The result was a cost cutting dream for Fender, and a playing nightmare for those that eventually wore off the spray on the frets, and exposed the board to moisture.. causing rapid popping off of the poly or lacquer.

Mine eventually lost all of the poly on the fretboard and needed a refret anyway, so it was done the right way at refinish and refret.

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