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great color, glad it comes in a set
on December 28, 2016
I have a 2006 Mexican Standard, and the plastic accents were getting a little scuffed so I figured it was time for a makeover. The finish was tobacco sunburst with white, and I didn't like how dirty the white got, and how readily the scuffs showed in the white, so I decided I was going to get off-white, and was surprised by how many options there were. I was back and forth between Aged White and Parchment, and I will admit that the final decision was literally a coin toss. Man am I ever glad that it came up heads, because I love this finish. it is the perfect degree of yellowed white, and really does look like legitimately aged bakelite. I decided to replace the pickguard with a red tortoise, and the off-white/cream color of these accessories really complements that better than the white does, and I'd suspect probably better than the Parchment as well. I'd strongly recommend looking up on google a comparison between all the finishes, I was able to find someone who had purchased all of them and laid them out side by side.
The major critiques I have though, and which lost this set a star, were primarily due to the small details. The backplate didn't fit perfectly right. I don't know if this is sized for the American standard or what, but the hole placement was about 1/16" off. I had to bondo and redrill. Similarly, the holes in the backplate where the strings were supposed to go through were 1/8" off, and it's a pain to get the strings into and out of the holes without taking the whole thing off. It's minor but it's worth mentioning.
The spindle-shaped accent that goes on the end of the vibrato arm was similarly just-slightly-the-wrong-size-for-my-Mexican-guitar, I'd guess somewhere in the realm of 1/64" too small of a diameter. I couldn't even hammer the thing on all the way. I couldn't heat it up and get it to mold around the arm. It's currently on about halfway and looks good enough, but that's the absolute best I could do. I don't know if there's a secret science to these or what but in the past when I've changed them out I've just slid the old one off and the new one on but for whatever reason this was just slightly too small and impossible to get on all the way.
Besides those complaints, it's more or less exactly what I wanted and overall love it.