Maple Neck Fender
Does a white Fender Stratocaster guitar with a maple neck show dirt?
I want to know if a white Fender Stratocaster guitar with a maple neck will show dirt. They also have a rosewood neck which is darker. Also, I play acoustic guitar, but this will be my first electric. Is it worth it for me to pay over a grand for an American strat when I can get the Mexican one for like half the price?
Hello! The white guitar bodies typically will not show dirt (like body oils, sweat) or minor surface imperfections (like pick marks, hairline scratches) any more than other colors, although it is true the darker body colors do tend to highlight any of the more pronounced flaws (missing paint, deep gouges, dents). As far as the necks, the rosewood or ebony fretboards will hide smudges and wear much better than the maple boards. After many hours of use on a maple fretboard, the clear lacquer topcoat will eventually wear through to the wood, and you will start to see little dark marks under the string positions you use most often (many players consider this a badge of honor). If you have a light touch on the strings, or perhaps do not play that often, you may never see this happen. The Mexican versus American-made instrument debate will likely never end in a conclusive verdict! From my limited exposure to the Mexican guitars, they are decent instruments, but with a sound and build quality slightly below their American counterparts. Try playing and inspecting a few of each at your local music store, to see what impressions you get in comparing the models. Personally, I feel the new American Stratocasters are overpriced; however, I do routinely see pre-owned models in decent-condition for sale on Craig’s List for as low as $500. The Mexican-made equivalents are generally in the $225 to $375 range. Also, check out the instruments at your local music store, and don’t be afraid to ask for a discount! Best regards, Dana
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