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I've used four Strat jack plates in the past year: two from cheap Chinese kits, one Warmoth jack plate, and now this one. The quality of this one seems only a hair better than the Chinese ones. It's equally thin and wimpy feeling. For example, when I screwed it in I could see it flexing slightly. However, the edges have a nicer bevel to them, and so they look better than the Chinese ones if you look really closely.
The Warmoth one I have feels much more significant to hold. It's definitely heavier and doesn't flex as easily.
Mine had a stain the color of rust on the underside. Not sure if it was actually rust or just general funk, but I couldn't get it off easily and just decided to leave it. Fender tends to just staple their items shut rather than seal them. It's simply not good enough. I haven't ruled out the possibility that I got a fake, by the way, but I don't know and don't care to investigate by buying another and comparing them.
Overall it's alright; it looks fine and it works. But if I wanted a cheap jack plate, I'd just order a Chinese one instead, and if I wanted a nice jack plate, I would order something better than this.
Gotta say, this little Fender part is beautiful! Perfect chrome, very nice curves and edges, and even the back is pretty shiny with no blotches. And even though it's a Fender part, it comes with screws AND washer and in their own little protective bag. Nice solid weight too. I know I may sound a little over excited for a part that costs less than $10, but I love high quality, especially where you don't expect it. And this is as good as it gets.
When it comes to replacing parts on your Fender don't get the cheapest. Get the parts that came with your guitar. I've tried cheaper jack plates. They are lighter. They are NOT as shiney and the heft isn't there. Just the cheapest metal soneone could find. Fender still does not cheap out on their parts. This is what you need if you're replacing for a Fender or any other Strat style guitar!
It has the same finish as what you find in any better jack ferrule of this type, thickness is the same, it isn't thin and warped like a cheap one can be, but the finish could be better where the jack mounts to it, but I have never seen one that is finished right inside, not a deal breaker by any means, I'd by this one again and probably will.