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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Weird Feeling Wood (Classic Series 60's Strat)


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Blues Dood
May 30th, 2017 05:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a new 60's classic series strat and a couple of things I notice. The wood grain on the rosewood board feels REALLY "hard" for lack of a better word, unlike my american standard that's smooth to the touch, the classic series is rough feeling and doesn't absorb lemon oil hardly at all. It's just something I noticed, I've played MIM standards before and the rosewood felt similar to my american, the classic series feels very different to either. Anyone notice this? I may have just got a strange rosewood board, it's fine though sound wise, I just think it doesn't feel particularly nice.

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American-made in Oz!!
May 30th, 2017 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Depending on where you bought it, if they have a generous returns policy and you're not happy with it, send it back for another. It's possible it is a QC issue,

I've not experienced what you describe (and presuming it's otherwise a keeper) I'm sure someone here will have suggestions on a remedy. (maybe sanding and buffing the fb? dunno)


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Blues Dood
May 30th, 2017 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah it's a brand new guitar so I may do that, I'm still kind of testing it out to see if it's a keeper regardless. Tough time because I find the pickups kind of finicky. Anyways, regarding the wood, it's has a slight "rough" feeling to it compared to my am. std., but it's not night and day. I'll call in fender tomorrow to see if it's possible they're using some substitute, as it's almost the color of ebony, but has the texture of tree bark.

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May 31st, 2017 06:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is odd. I have numerous Fenders (and Squiers) and none of the fretboards were as you described.


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Blues Dood
Jun 4th, 2017 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

As it turns out, the fretboard was just having a real hard time soaking up the lemon oil I was using to soften the board. I had to do it about 3 times and really work it, and now it's feeling alot better, it did feel really rough at first though, it's feeling quite a bit better now.

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in the Brassicas
Jun 7th, 2017 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

And you can rub it down with 600 grit and 1000 grit paper if you need, just cover adjacent frets with masking tape as you go.

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