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Post subject: MIJ Robben Ford Models
Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:15 pm
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I recently bought a made in Japan version of the Robben Ford signature Esprit. The guitar is from 1987 and at first glance it is in excellent condition. During inspection, I noticed that the seams on the top and back aren't centered as I would find on a Les Paul. They are centered along the back of the neck as I would expect. I've actually never seen off center seams on the top or body of a guitar so it caught me off guard. I don't have any other reason to believe the guitar isn't genuine. It looks, feels and sound good.

I'm curious to learn more about the manufacturing process and the rationale for off center seams. I presume that's simply how the Fenders or at least this model was made in Japan in the late 1980s. Any insights are welcome.


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Post subject: Re: MIJ Robben Ford Models
Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:27 am
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Post subject: Re: MIJ Robben Ford Models
Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:08 am
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Some pics might ignite more/better answers. Sounds a bit weird, since the Esprit is a set neck guitar, so the seams should line up with the neck line. But with a veneer top, anything is possible.

Anyways, every now and then Fenders have odd/too visible/bothering/etc. seams.
AFAIK, it's more of a "$hit happens" thang than based on some unrevealed cunning planning for better sound/construction/whatever.


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