How to fix your Fender Stratocaster’s broken bridge
Fender has issued a recall of all the models of the guitar that were built from December 2008 through March 2010.
The company said in a statement to The Associated Press that it will replace the bridge on all affected models.
The affected models include the Fender Jazzmaster, Stratocasters, Fender Flying V, Fenders Stratocast and Fenders Telecaster.
“This is a serious problem for the community,” said Bill Fiske, a spokesman for the Fenders of America, which represents the guitar makers.
Fender said in its recall notice that the affected bridge could loosen in an impact with a metal object, causing it to bend or break.
Fenders said in the recall notice the bridge can be inspected by removing the plastic cover from the top of the bridge.
If it is determined that the bridge is damaged, it can be repaired by a dealer or a qualified service technician.
The problem could cause the bridge to bend.
It can also cause the pickup to “float” on the string, or cause the strings to be “fringed,” the company said.
The affected models of Stratocasts and Telecasters have a built-in “Fender bridge” that can be opened by a user.
The bridge is not required to be opened for pickup use.
Fiske said Fender was aware of at least two deaths linked to bridge failure and that the company was working to determine the cause.
Friske said the company would be contacting owners of affected guitars to notify them of the recall.