#1
I bought a telecaster, used, one and a half years ago. It was pratically like new when I bought it. Serial number says it was made in 2003.

Fast forward to now and the Black Dot inlays are wearing off on the fifth fret (25% gone) and now the third fret (just a smidge) and the twelth fret (one of the two dots AND the dots on the side of the neck). I play about every other day as I rotate with my other guitar. They aren't "gone" but the dark black seemed to have rubbed away giving way to a more faint black color.

Does anybody know what this is about? Has it happened to you?

It is an American Series. It doesn't bother me because I don't intend on re-selling it but it is kind of odd that such a "high quality" instrument of such a young age would have this happening. I have a piece of **** Ibenez (I like Ibenez but this is a cheapo model) from the 80's and it looks pretty much the same from the day it was new.


If anybody is interested I could post a pic.
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Last edited by Jay Gatsby at Feb 8, 2008,
#2
Just touch them up with a sharpie.

Just another testament to Fender's nose dive in quality, although a lot of people seem to like their guitars to wear out so maybe it's a way to give the people what they want.
#3
Hmm well ive had my american strat for about 7 years now, play every day and no sign of the dots wearing off

i dont doubt this happened though. it gives it character, personally i like fender when it is worn down.
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#5
Id doesn't make much sense to me. The dots are bits of plastic inlaid into a cavity in the neck. I don't see why they would wear off at all. maybe the finish is getting cloudy?
#6
They have the same question on the Fender.com forum. Turns out it just seems to be a phenomenon with maple-fretboard fenders. And my '05 strat is has its dots wearing off as well.
#7
Maple fretboard and black dots... That means you'd have to rub through the polyurethane finish first, and then a couple of mm of plastic dot + the surrounding wood...?

...or did they paint them on?
#10
A real MIA Fender's dots wearing off?

That's terrible.

If Fender is REALLY painting on their inlays now, they just lost my respect for them.

I have a 100 dollar cheap-o acoustic and it even has real inlays!

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#11
Maybe it was a replacement neck? Pics.
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#12
Like I said in the original post, the dots have not vanished, they have "worn away" from dark black to pale black. Only the pic of the fifth fret came out to the point you could really see the wear. The other frets didn't come out in the pictures because it isn't as dramatic as the fifth fre.

And for the d*ick face who said he didn't believe me, here's a picture of the head stock. It is a MIA beat off.

Let me know what other pics would be cool.

It's pretty weird. It's not a cloud. I am sure. I think the actual plastic is going away. This is insane because I have another guitar that I use therefore this is not getting played every single day!

Thanks for the replys.
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Its Fenders new "quick relic" finish.
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Its Fenders new "quick relic" finish.



Yeah, one of the first responses to this post was "I like my Fenders worn out, etc."

Not after 5 years!!!!!!
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#16
From the look of that pic it seems like the inlay is sinking or otherwise the finish on the neck is somehow separating from the inlay itself, leaving a gap that makes it look cloudy.

I could be wrong, that's just what it looks like to me from that pic.
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From the look of that pic it seems like the inlay is sinking or otherwise the finish on the neck is somehow separating from the inlay itself, leaving a gap that makes it look cloudy.

I could be wrong, that's just what it looks like to me from that pic.


Of the two theories here I would lean towards finish seperating because This is happening on the side dots as well as other frets. For all of these inlays to be sinking I think is too much. Like I said, I don't think it's clouding BUT I am not an expert and could be wrong.
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#18
Yes, definitely a finish problem, not the actually inlay. It's possible you got something (polish or something) on the fretboard and it had a reaction.

Also, at least with a REAl NITRO finish 5 years isn't long at all for a maple fretboard to start having finish holes if you play it hard. Maybe it's just wearing out.

ANYWAY, who gives a ****? The dots make no difference.
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Also, at least with a REAl NITRO finish 5 years isn't long at all for a maple fretboard to start having finish holes if you play it hard. Maybe it's just wearing out.

ANYWAY, who gives a ****? The dots make no difference.


What is REAI NITRO finish?

I really don't give sh*t to the extent that I am upset about it. This post was more curiosity that OMG WHAT AM I GONNA DO!!!

I don't intend on selling this bad boy and it plays/sounds incredible so I am happy with it.
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#20
nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
the vintage reissue has nitrocellulose lacquer finish necks hence causing the inlays to be somehow sealed by the lacquer
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nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
the vintage reissue has nitrocellulose lacquer finish necks hence causing the inlays to be somehow sealed by the lacquer


Cool man, thanks.
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#22
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From the look of that pic it seems like the inlay is sinking or otherwise the finish on the neck is somehow separating from the inlay itself, leaving a gap that makes it look cloudy.

I could be wrong, that's just what it looks like to me from that pic.


That's the very first thing I thought when I saw the pictures... Actually, that's sort of the only thing I'd say it looks like. Nitrocellulose doesn't stick too well on smooth plastic, so it's not unusual.
#23
After reading the replies and looking a lot closer I have to say I think it is the finish seperating from the dot giving the appearance that the dot is wearing off.

Thanks for the replies! You guys know your sh*t!

Cheers!
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