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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / Need advice on a Squier Tele (HH)!



Jul 13th, 2017 07:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I recently bought a new Squier Tele HH (FSR with matching headcap - metallic orange). The one I have in my possession is a replacement, as the first one I recieved didn't have a straight hole to be found anywhere on the body. My replacement has a chip in the finish right where the neck meets the body (as though someone was stopped just before making the catastrophic mistake of inserting the neck incorrectly). No huge dealbreaker there - at least the 'buckers are straight on this one. The guitar is new, but was only $179 (plus cost of GC pro coverage warranty). Other than that, everything looked pretty durn good. Until I took it home. Upon setting it up, I realized that the Low E wouldn't intonate.

I know this is a common problem, so I tried removing the saddle spring. Even with the intonation screw pushed all the way up to the string (thru-body with modern shorty bridge), it still won't intonate. Upon closer examination, the bridge is crooked - but crooked in the wrong direction for intonation (low-E side is a hair closer to the nut than the high-E side).

Would you guys take it back and take a chance on getting a worse replacement? Or would you advise filling and re-drilling to mount the bridge squarely? I'm of the mind that if a guitar doesn't play in tune, it ceases being a guitar and becomes a boat anchor. If it were a used guitar at a really good price I wouldn't sneeze at it. Ack! Thanks in advance to all the pros who can help me get this lined out!

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Jul 13th, 2017 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's your $179.00 so it's your call. I would simply not accept it as it is. It seems all the jigs or mills that locate the holes in this model are off. Chances of finding a correct one from this retailer are slim unless they exhaust their supply and reorder then receive stock from a different batch.

Moving the bridge to the correct location may be problematic as the string through holes may be off too. If this is the case making them line up after the bridge is relocated will be ugly.

How far is the saddle off from proper location? If you have to move the bridge end of the string through holes (an angle drill job to save the back of the guitar) the body is firewood IMO.

I'd return it and try to find that model from a different retailer who may have inventory from a better batch.



Jul 13th, 2017 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, Hammond101! Literally, it's not off enough to be noticeable to the naked eye, but sharp at the 12th fret. The only other solution I can see (as opposed to moving the bridge) would be to remove or shorten the saddle spring along with cutting the intonation screw shorter by about 3mm. Doing so MAY fool the eye, but it may also come out looking like a quick fix when I go to sell or trade it later - which is my concern. But, it would at least be playable, which - to me - makes the bigger difference, but makes finding a scrupulous potential buyer a problem down the road... I called GC this morning and their manager said he'd have his tech, whom I have previously met, take a look at it. He also said he'd exchange it as many times as necessary until I'm satisfied. When he ordered the replacement I currently have in possession, he noted that they had something like 113 of them at their distribution center. Man, that's a lot of driving back and forth! I'm accepting that it's a mass-produced guitar and there will be some flaws. And this one doesn't have but two flaws so far as I can tell (one is aesthetic as I said before). I think overall if their tech can fix the intonation problem, I could be satisfied. I appreciate the advice! And if it comes down to it, in the end, I will try a different retailer. That's good advice and I will definitely keep that in the back of my mind as an option!

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Jul 13th, 2017 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

If those are the stock strings, change 'em. Many times an intonation problem can be fixed by a fresh set of strings.

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Jul 13th, 2017 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good call Peegoo.

Te 52

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Jul 13th, 2017 04:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't doubt that you have a problem, but with virtually all commercial guitar bodies now being made on computer-controlled routers, I'm always skeptical of the oft-heard claims of mounting holes being off.

Things you can try:

* As PG says, just try some new good quality strings

* Go down a string gauge, at least on the bass strings.

* Tweak the neck relief and saddle heights to get the action on the bass E as low as possible without excessive buzzing. (The less you have to deflect the string to get it down to the fretboard, the less it will go sharp.)

* Make sure your neck pickup is not too high. Pickups exert a magnetic pull on the strings which tend to make them go sharp when fretted at the high frets (though this is usually accompanied by a warbling sound).

* If the Tele has sintered block saddles, grind a bit off the tail end to get it a little farther away from the nut.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 06:11 PM, Jul 13th, 2017)



Jul 13th, 2017 07:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow - upon closer examination (I just went back through the setup motions again after checking the nut slots (which were good), I noticed some paint from probably another guiitar (same finish colors) rubbed off onto the high e side of the rosewood fingerboard just above the 1st fret. Upon looking even closer, I noticed two "A" shaped scratches in the maple on the neck as well... Perhaps it got knocked over at the factory? There's also a coarsely-sanded spot at the corner of the heel just above where the neck goes into the body (as if someone missed it during finsh sanding). The latter is what I would call a cosmetic flaw and not a deal-breaker because it's not on the cutaway side of the neck and probably wouldn't bother me, but - yeah - it's probably been knocked around at some point.

I'm gonna call this one a reject and have them send me a third one to inspect. At least I'm getting a crash course in things to look for on a value-branded import :P Thanks to all of you for the help! The local store has a Surf Green FSR model in stock, although it has single coils rather than humbuckers and I will take a look at that one while their tech is handy (he said he'd hook me up if it was still technically part of their inventory right before I buy it). I will probably take a look at it and if it's not up to snuff, I'll just have them replace this orange one until I exhaust their supply if necessary... I'm hanging on hard to hope though! It's depressing lol - I should be playing the blues on my tele by now, but I'll have to wait another week for delivery (or another 6 weeks for 6 new deliveries). ugh... The prospect is nerve-wracking...

I'll be back with another post whenever I get the next one and keep all you forum folks up to date with whatever QC problems I find! Thanks again!

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Jul 19th, 2017 06:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool. Keep us posted!

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