Rats!!!!!!!!!! Small crack in the neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by oneLOCOman, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. oneLOCOman

    oneLOCOman Squier-Nut

    Oct 2, 2018
    My new to me tele came in and I see why GC had it for 149. Not a blemish on it cept for the small crack in the neck, play great, was really surprised how good it sounded. I played a affinity at a local guitar shop in town here and it sounded nowhere as good as this one. Just not sure on the crack. Will it get worse? Man I do know if I should take it back or what.. Once again I ask you squire gurus for your advice/opinions. What do ya'll think.
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  2. DoctorBB

    DoctorBB Squier-Nut

    Mar 2, 2016
    Beaumont, TX
    If it’s like a lot of others I’ve seen, it would just be a crack in the finish and not the wood.
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  3. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Squier-Nut

    Mar 11, 2017
    Great Falls Montana
    As a fellow member of the "crack in my neck pocket club"
    I say, do not worry.
    That is why there are four big screws holding on to your neck.
    You will probably wear out the guitar before the neck ever falls off.
    It's a good deal even with the crack.
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  4. wickedtools

    wickedtools Squier-holic

    May 16, 2010
    west texas
  5. oneLOCOman

    oneLOCOman Squier-Nut

    Oct 2, 2018
    Yeah I just watched some vids on youtube. Most say its the finish as the wood shrinks and expands.
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  6. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    I belong to this club and I concur ! ! would you feel better if you made it ? I think not ? Play it ! ! !
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  7. vlxerdon

    vlxerdon Squier-Nut

    Dec 31, 2014
    Coastal Georgia
    Finish crack. No problem,play away.
  8. squierbilly

    squierbilly Dr. Squier

    Apr 21, 2013
    sunny phoenix
    Almost impossible to find a used guitar with out this issue.. Its quite common,, No sweat.. Lovely tele!.. Congrats!..
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  9. I found this issue rather uncommon although not rare either. Lucky for your it's not the "neck" as posted, just the body finish.
    Cheers, Barrie.
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  10. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    A lot of my Squiers are 10 plus years old - my white affy is 00 - 18 years - it's more a function of time I think - expand and contract. I like the older ones for the patina !
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  11. mikesr1963

    mikesr1963 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2016
    That's a minor one and I really don't see it being an issue. I refinished a Squier II that had them on both sides and the worst side went half way down in the cut and I could flex it open by pulling back on the neck. So when I removed the finish I could see it was opening the wood ply in the guitar. I spread it open and injected Gorilla wood glue. I just don't see that being the problem in your case. If GC did say there was a finish crack call them up and complain and see if you get $25 or $30 knocked off or perhaps something for free.
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  12. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Feb 10, 2010
    I have a bunch of guitars like that. It means nothing. Also.. I got a guitar for free because when I opened up the box I noticed it.. So there is that advantage to actually having a crack.
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  13. Shaytan

    Shaytan Squier-Meister

    Apr 10, 2018
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Not to discredit any of the previous commenters, but those who claim it's just a finish crack are the ones who probably never tried to sand it down to bare wood and inspect. My Jackson has them on both sides, my friend's Aria and Silvertone as well and those two happened from dropping them (in the latter the wood/MDF crack even got wide open, but that's an extreme and unlikely case on a guitar built out of poor quality materials).

    They're very common on bolt-on guitars, it's an unfortunate visual issue that arises from very tight neck pockets and shifting woods. I wouldn't really care much for that, that can be added to the list of things relic guitars always try to replicate but when yours has the real mojo then it's undesirable.

    For those planning on fixing a body like that, my 2 cents would be not to use superglue because I've always found it not creating a strong enough bond on wood, plus it just makes it impossible to fix using wood glue afterwards. Perhaps a bit of diluted Titebond and pushing it into the crack using a suction cup (handy trick I've learned from Mr. Dan from Stewmac).
  14. oneLOCOman

    oneLOCOman Squier-Nut

    Oct 2, 2018
    Good idea. GC didn't say there was a crack in the neck. I am gonna call them and see if I can get something.
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  15. oneLOCOman

    oneLOCOman Squier-Nut

    Oct 2, 2018
    In town here there is a music store mostly vintage gear tube amps, Fenders, Gibsons,and some Squiers. Anyways I played a Fender tele ($950) through a Bugera V22 and it shur as hell didn't sound no $800 better than this std played through my orange crush 35rt. And the std feels just as good to play!
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  16. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    Yup !
  17. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Feb 10, 2010
    maybe it's your amp! LOL!! :D
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  18. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    I own several guitars I purchased from Rondomusic.com. Sometimes the owner lists as B stock guitars that have finish cracks and other flaws, but mostly finish cracks. He generally offers a sizable discount, too. Most of the finish cracks are at the same place as shown in the photo supplied.

    Of course it could be an actual crack. In any case, such a finish crack I think would require that the guitar be sold as a B stock guitar with a discount. A scratch caused by the owner of a guitar is not, at least to me, the same as a finish crack, a condition over which the owner has no control.

    If the guitar had been sold as new I'd definitely ask for a price reduction or return the instrument. But since I assume it's used the purchaser could ask for a further discount.

    Here's GC's used condition terms: I don't see a structural flaw anywhere, either a finish crack or an actual crack, except maybe in the "Poor" condition which indicates it may need repair. I'd point that out to the GC staffer during the request for a price adjustment.

    This product is in "like new" condition and shows little to no signs of use. Free from blemishes, scratches, and user wear. All controls are completely functional.
    This product shows little signs of use and all controls are completely functional. It may have minor surface scratches.
    This product is completely functional and shows some signs of use. It may have surface scratches and/or dings and dents.
    This product is functional but shows signs of heavy use that could include, but not limited to; scratches, dings, dent, chips, and worn parts/controls.
    This product shows significant cosmetic and functional wear. It may need repair and/or part(s) replaced.
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  19. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    This is what I was expecting to see on here... even this is repairable (I clamped it after CA gluing it and it’s been totally stable)
    I think half of the guitars I’ve owned have had neck pocket cracks like up top, unless the neck shifts around I wouldn’t worry about it.
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  20. Davey

    Davey Squier-holic

    Mar 31, 2015
    Monroe WA
    That's a teeny tiny little guy!

    Yup, kind of a piss off but no big deal really. I have a few like that or worse, never moved, got bigger or anything.
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