A very common occurrence we find with Genuine Fender®
pickguards are some sort of minor blemish or imperfection in the surface of the
pickguard. This typically amounts to very small pits or very small black specks
on the surface, but is not limited to only those type of imperfections. After
many years of building complete Strat® pickguard assemblies using Genuine
Fender® pickguards we find these blemishes quite often when we build a new
pickguard assembly. Most are relatively minor, insignificant blemishes, but
unfortunately we can't sort through a stack of pickguards with hopes of finding
one without any blemishes, so it is possible you may find some slight blemish in
the surface of your completed assembly and it is not something we can consider
as cause for replacement. However, we will not use a pickguard for an assembly
that has a large number of blemishes or a significant imperfection, but a few
small ones are considered a normal characteristic of Fender's® current pickguard manufacturing process.
Even as Fender® builds their brand new Strat® guitars, they're built with the pickguards clear protective film
still affixed to the pickguard surface and it will only
become known to the purchaser of the guitar if any blemishes are present
in the pickguard once they remove the protective film since you can't see them through the clear pickguard protective film. Bottom line is that Fender® is building complete Strat's with the same pickguards we are using and they don't find cause for alarm with some imperfect characteristics or blemishes in their complete guitars, but we just wanted to make sure that you are fully aware of the things we have to consider and contend with when we build your complete pickguard assembly.
business that is building complete Strat® pickguard assemblies using genuine Fender® pickguards will experience these same blemishes from time to time, but we're the only business that gives you a heads-up to these possible imperfections and we will always make sure your pickguard assembly purchasing experience is a great one.