Is this common with a new mim p bass?

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  1. Seriouscat123

    Seriouscat123

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    This standard p bass was new at guitar center and this pickguarg issue is
    kind of annoying:

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  2. phangtonpower

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    Don't know if that's an mim problem, but I wouldn't be happy with it! I'd have GC either swap the pickguard or exchange for a different bass.
     
  3. CBRXJ

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    Seems there may be more of a lighting issue.
     
  4. line6man

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    I've never seen a multi-ply pickguard warp. In fact, that was the reason that Fender used multi-ply pickguard material. Single-ply was prone to warpage.

    Bad material, perhaps?
     
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  6. s4001

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    Take it back and they'll fix it. My son bought an epi dot with a jack issue and the tech guy swapped it out and fixed it, no questions asked.
     
  7. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    Terrible pic but you can clearly see the issue. The pickguard doesn't fit right and is warping because of it. If you bought it new OP get it fixed immediately, tell them you will take a new pickguard but if it happens to the second one you want a new bass, if it does it twice the screw holes are off.

    This is not common OP.
     
  8. elBandito

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    Nothing new. Every USA fender I owned had ill fitting pickguards.
     
  9. Bobster

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    I bought a Squier VM Fretless P and it had a delamination of the pickguard. The tort was coming off about the neck, leaving basically a white guard.

    Contacted Fender and they sent me a new one (but it did take a while, apparently they were out of stock).

    You need to verify the issue is the pickguard, or the screw hole on the bass itself. A new pickguard would be easier to deal with.

    All the best,

    Bob
     
  10. 96tbird

    96tbird This Indian movie is really boring man.

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    Warranty covers it. Get it replaced.
     
  11. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    :eek:,... oh myyyy!;)
     
  12. Jonithen

    Jonithen Supporting Member

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    Maybe I'm superficial, but I don't think I'd have taken something like that home. Fortunately my USA P-deluxe doesn't seem to have that issue.
     
  13. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    This.

    Take it to GC and get them to take care of it.
     
  14. Batmensch

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    So? Every USA Fender I owned didn't.
     
  15. 96tbird

    96tbird This Indian movie is really boring man.

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    What exactly does make a factory fitted pickguard ill fitting? Unusual comment.
     
  16. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

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    But this has so much potential to be another Fender bashing thread!!! :rolleyes:
     
  17. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Small warp in the material. Either get it replaced or decide to live with it. Doesn't make a difference to the sound or performance.
     
  18. Eminor3rd

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    It's common for a certain percentage of mass produced instruments to be defective. Just bring it back and get it replaced.
     
  19. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User Supporting Member

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    My buddy has a Squier VM Jazz with a warped pickguard. It makes a hollow sound when my fingers hit it. Sucks. Never seen this on a newer Fender.
     
  20. Batmensch

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    The only times I remember this happening on a regular basis was when I was younger, and the warpage happened because of players shoving picks up under the PG.
     
  21. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

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    Yeah - his profile lists an '08 MIA Fender - I'm calling BS...


    - georgestrings
     

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