Last week I bought a Jim Adkins Telecaster from my local music store. It was a “blem” – a factory second that had some flaw that led Fender to wholesale to a refurbisher, who then sold it to my dealer. I don’t know what the particular issue with mine was – the cosmetics are perfect.
My problem is I can’t get the thing tuned/intonated correctly – not even close. By this I mean, after tuning the guitar to a tuner, fretting various notes and chords yields some pretty horribly out-of-tune results. I have (and have had) a lot of guitars, but never one this difficult to get right – even the locking nut/tremolo guitars I have are better than this.
This is a fixed-bridge guitar – the TOM “Adjusto-matic.” I had my dealer work on it some; when that only yielded marginal improvement, I went to work on it myself. I’ve followed the usual set-up steps for a guitar like this: adjusted the neck using the truss rod… then adjusting the bridge height to specs; then checking the nut (which was fine); and then “roughing” the positions of the saddles and then adjusting them using a tuner.
Still, the thing is pretty bad – the worst offender is my low E and 3rd G strings: when I fret a G on the 6th string, it goes terrible sharp, same with fretting an A on the 3rd string. I have a 9.5 radius Earvana intonation correction nut lying around, but it’s blond in color, while my guitar is black… but I’m tempted to install it to see what happens.
I though maybe some of you knowledgeable guys would have some suggestions, like Swamptone
If I can’t get this right, I’m going to exchange it