New (to me) SE 245 - Quality Question

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  1. mpcart

    mpcart New Member

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    I just received a used '18 Whale Blue SE 245 today. My first electric for a beginning guitar player. It is a beautiful guitar but it has what looks like glue under the clear coat at the edge of the frets. Not on the fretboard but on top of the neck where the fret dots are. I'm thinking about returning it for a new one because the blemishes kind of bug me - but if this is typical then I'd rather take my savings and live with it. I'd have to pay for return shipping.

    I can't post pics as I'm new but maybe someone knows what I"m talking about.

    I don't know if this is just a cosmetic issue or some sort of future de-lamination problem. The frets on the underside of the neck do not have these marks.

    Thanks for your help.

    -Mike
     
  2. toothace

    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

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    Anything you are unhappy about with the guitar discuss with your dealer.
     
  3. GuitarJammin

    GuitarJammin New Member

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    Most likely cosmetic...but pics would be nice to see to be sure. It is kinda rare (I've never heard of it happening to anyone) even for lower end guitars (especially SE) for the fret board to delaminate.
     
  4. mpcart

    mpcart New Member

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  5. mpcart

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    I purchased it online and will all the dealer in the AM. It is used so I know some cosmetic issues are to be expected. I just wasn't sure if this is kind of typical.

    -Mike
     
  6. mpcart

    mpcart New Member

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  7. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    That looks kinda bad. Not sure what's going on, but I would say this is not typical.
     
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  8. GuitarJammin

    GuitarJammin New Member

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    Yea...this should have been disclosed in the sale. It's probably cosmetic..but that is very bad looking. Something happened for it to look that way.
     
  9. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    It looks like the finish is delaminating in several spots, certainly not normal. I would return it because it could possibly get worse and start flaking off with use.

    Otherwise, a nice looking guitar.
     
  10. jvin248

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    Fret sprout from humidity changes anywhere in storage at owners or whatever. If you've had it in your house for a week the board can shrink and push the frets sideways, here fracturing the finish. That's the first I've seen. I own 'more than one' PRS SE ...

    If it was that way as soon as you opened it then send it back, if you've had it for days and it showed up your place is much drier than wherever the guitar has been most of its prior life.

    Eventually the finish may flake off in those spots so you'd need to spot sand to smooth out. You could drop fill if that happens (look up youtube stew mac video drop fill)

    If it's going to bug you a lot then work through sending it back and search for another guitar.

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  11. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Looks like fret sprout and the finish popped. Aside from not looking that rad, I wouldn’t worry about the finish flaking, the top coat and base are pretty thick and tough on these.
     
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  12. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    unbound frets, the purist’s preference.
     
  13. mpcart

    mpcart New Member

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    It was delivered this evening so definitely not my doing. I’ll probably return it and just get a new one. Unfortunately the whale blue look backordered most places so I may have to wait.

    The dealer (not sure if I’m allowed to mention names) seems pretty known and has a no questions asked return policy. So it just costs me shipping and hassle.

    - Mike
     
  14. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    i’d be annoyed. it’s 2019, why don’t people take enough pictures? like of the whole product.

     
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  15. mpcart

    mpcart New Member

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    Well, it all worked out . . . the dealer took the guitar back with no hassle and explained that the previous owner had let the guitar sit in a dry climate and that caused the issue. In any case, I went ahead and ordered a brand new one - exact same specs just a 2019 model and it arrived today in perfect condition. Just like the 2018 model, the 2019 model seems to just make a lot of noise . . . . must be the skills of the player and not the guitar.

    Off to practice!

    -Mile
     
  16. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Glad it worked out, that looked harsh dude
     
  18. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    +1

    Heck just do another NGD thread ;)
     
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