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Old 04-08-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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Should This Be Like This?

Bought a Telecaster Style guitar to put my new humbuckers in... Took it out of the box and this is what I notice: I've seen this before and I'm wondering is the normal thing for Telecasters? A design flaw?

Can anyone tell if it will worsen too? I can't have a replacement because they're not back in stock for a few months, I haven't found a guitar this nice in style either, but the overall quality of this just feels shocking, the bridge is also on backwards...
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:34 AM   #2
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Are you talking about the binding, neck pocket, frets, or something else? The picture is blurry, also, what kind of guitar is it?
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:38 AM   #3
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Are you talking about the binding, neck pocket, frets, or something else? The picture is blurry, also, what kind of guitar is it?


It's a Telecaster and it's the big chip on the neck pocket, runs all the way down the edge. :/

Yeah sorry I don't have a very good camera
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:45 AM   #4
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Here's a pic from the side might be clearer
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:47 AM   #5
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Sorry, I meant what brand of Telecaster is it?

If it's just a finish flaw and you can live with I then I wouldn't sweat it. It's not typical to the Teles I've owned, but it could have happened when the neck was being bolted on.

If its more than a chip, maybe more like a crack in the body, I'd send it back and find something else. Like I said though, if its just a finish chip and the price was right (or if you can't find another, like you mentioned) I'd just chalk it up to QC or contact the dealer for a scratch and dent partial refund.

Edit: looks to be a finish flaw. I'd contact the dealer for a partial refund as they'd probably restock it as B-stock anyway if you sent it back.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:54 AM   #6
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Sorry, I meant what brand of Telecaster is it?

If it's just a finish flaw and you can live with I then I wouldn't sweat it. It's not typical to the Teles I've owned, but it could have happened when the neck was being bolted on.

If its more than a chip, maybe more like a crack in the body, I'd send it back and find something else. Like I said though, if its just a finish chip and the price was right (or if you can't find another, like you mentioned) I'd just chalk it up to QC or contact the dealer for a scratch and dent partial refund.

Edit: looks to be a finish flaw. I'd contact the dealer for a partial refund as they'd probably restock it as B-stock anyway if you sent it back.


It's a Harley Benton, bought it to upgrade EVERYTHING but I'm worried about upgrading the neck now, I can't see a crack in it but I'm unsure, as are they what it actually is. They've said they think it's a B Stock one that's got mixed in as theres a few things up with it but I can't find another HH Tele for a similar price, the Cedar Top on this looks brilliant too apart from where the paint hasn't covered
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:10 PM   #7
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what brand of potato are you using to take those pictures? i cant see a damn thing
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:12 PM   #8
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I'd either expect a partial refund (did you ask?) or I'd be sending it back. How much were you going to put into it? That is, why not spring for something of better quality right from the get-go, instead of dumping money into a cheaper instrument?

If you want an HH Tele that you probably wouldn't have to upgrade, there are at least a few in a less expensive price bracket.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:21 PM   #9
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I'd either expect a partial refund (did you ask?) or I'd be sending it back. How much were you going to put into it? That is, why not spring for something of better quality right from the get-go, instead of dumping money into a cheaper instrument?

If you want an HH Tele that you probably wouldn't have to upgrade, there are at least a few in a less expensive price bracket.


Bareknuckle Nailbomb in the bridge Gibson 490r in the neck (both already bought). It's going back for a full refund
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:36 PM   #10
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I do really like the guitar though so I don't want to send it back but on the otherhand it's not fair that I've recieved a damaged one
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It's a Harley Benton

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Are they that bad? I heard they'd sorted themselves out? It sounds great and I've not even put the pickups in it, feels great, just the quality is shocking
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:48 PM   #13
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Take the neck off, take a couple clearer pictures. It looks like a cosmetic flaw. Those will happen on budget guitars.
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Take the neck off, take a couple clearer pictures. It looks like a cosmetic flaw. Those will happen on budget guitars.


True, but that's not to say that he shouldn't get a discount for such obvious damage. Sending it back is a good call.
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Take the neck off, take a couple clearer pictures. It looks like a cosmetic flaw. Those will happen on budget guitars.


I would but when the return is already been said is fine I don't want to risk damaging it anymore, I think I'm gonna go for a Dean Vendetta or something, the whole idea was to just upgrade a budget guitar rather have the value in the pickups/hardware than the body which is most likely going to get damaged
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A Dean Vendetta? Ew.
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A Dean Vendetta? Ew.


Each to their own I've played, ESP Ec-100, Strats, Teles, loads and to this day my mates old Vendetta 1.0 has felt the best to play, sound wise no, but the pickups should take care of that.
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If you say so.


different people like different things
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:21 PM   #20
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Some people don't know the difference. If you like it, fair enough, I guess that's all that matters. But generally good quality will prevail over poor or mediocre quality pretty quickly.

I've never played one so I can't comment on the guitar.

Just out of interest, what is your budget? At least get a couple of other options before settling on that one.
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