Is this normal for a $150 neck?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Kbking, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. Kbking

    Kbking Squier Talker

    Jan 8, 2019
    I just bought a vintage style stratocaster neck from Hosco. It costs a Little over $150 and to my surprice all the frets had a thick layer of lacquer on them. shoulden one expect for that Price, that the frets was cleaned and polished?

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  2. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    Fender doesn't do that for their high priced American guitars. Warmoth says on their site that they leave the finish on the frets. I would not expect Hosco to clean it off.

    I do agree that the coating in your photo looks exceptionally thick though. Maybe send the photo to Hosco and ask if this looks normal to them.
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  3. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

    Sep 27, 2014
    North Pole
    This happens even on expensive USA Fender Strats with maple neck/fretboard....

    100% normal. the neck is finished after frets are put on. Just have to polish it off or just play it and it will naturally wear off....
  4. I'd get that crap off there ASAP (if it was mine).
    Cheers, Barrie.
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  5. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Squier-Meister

    Feb 25, 2017
    Rhode Island USA
    Not unusual at all
    Play it a week or two. The finish will be gone
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