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- Jan 14, 2021
I kind of feel like; based on my own FCS necks past and present... and what I have seen, Fender does it intensionally. They for sure know how to do it right (I feel like I have two of them) and they do upon request, for road shows, NAMM, or other.
The ugly neck thing to me is likely more about delivering a playing experience for the user rather than worrying about aging correctness based on they type of relic, (closet classic, journeyman, relic, heavy relic or whatever). They clearly know how to do it... also, there is probably more skill involved in more authentic aging, but it's not like it's rocket science, it can be taught.
I will say this, I had two FCS that had the ugly neck thing going on and they really played/felt fantastic. The two I currently have, that look like the FCS actually tried to mimic wear... feel great, but just not as great. No complaints, but there is something to the the ugly neck thing (aesthetics aside). My Novo's past and present have the ugly necks and they feel amazing. I think that was the idea.
Yeah ugly or not it does feel great and yeah I think that’s exactly why they do it. It really makes no difference to me and I really don’t think it’s ugly.
They know exactly what’s they’re doing and they definitely know how to relic a guitar to make it authentic looking. Whatever authentic looks like I guess. From the “authentic” wear pics I posted way earlier in this thread, how can Fender really get it wrong?