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  1. BigNorm

    BigNorm Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a 1997 Standard american Strat with fat 50's pickups ( not original of course )... My problem is the 2 small strings ( High E and B ) are about 20% lower in volume than the rest of the guitar strings... First time in 30 years I ever see that... Are the pickups defect or what ? I played a lot with the height of the pickups, but the problem remains at least on neck and middle pickups. On the bridge pickups, it sounds better. Those pickups were in the guitar when I bought it... I removed the pickguard and with what I saw, (looked on the internet), they really are Fat 50's... any similar experience somebody ? something I've notice... The strings are not ligned up with the poles...but I think it's not the only Strat I've seen like this..
    Maybe the original pickups were aligned...I don't really know ? I joined a picture to let you see the alignement..

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    nederemer Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks like the poles are pushed down into the pickup. You might be able to push them back up depending on the type of pickups, or you might just need to raise that side of the pickups, however - that will probably also increase the volume of the G string as well
     
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    First things first: how are the condition of the strings?
     
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    How long have you had the guitar and, has the problem always been there?
     
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    Put on new strings, if the problem persists have the poles raised, they can be pushed up from the bottom on most strat pickups, before doing that check the soldering, sometimes bad soldering can act as a filter. Good luck!
     
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    Brand new...
     
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    It's only 2 weeks I bought it...did'nt notice at first when playing alone...but when I had to do a solo with the band I noticed I was missing volume, and when touching the G string it suddenly came loud enough..
     
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    Yes it's exactly what happenned....
     
  9. Alan Crossley

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    If you haven’t already, why not just pop it into your local Guitar shop and ask them what they think. The strings don’t look to me to be correctly sat over the poles. The poles don’t look alighted correctly and the poles are very deeply down into the pick guard.

    It almost looks like the pick guard is a replacement which doesn’t fit the guitar correctly. I doubt if it’s a big problem, just need to have someone to have a quick look. Good luck :D
     
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    Thanks Alen, I will check that up.. I was thinking something like this also...
     
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    In addition to the advice you already got, spray some contact cleaner in you pickup selector switch and move it around a couple of times.

    I know it sounds strange and you'd expect poor connection or dirt to affect the sound from all the strings the same but that doesn't seem to always be the case.
     
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    Though in comparison here is my strat with SCN pups. Poles are just a tad below the plastic level and they sound fine.

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    Take a paperclip or some other small steel object and see if you have consistent magnetic pull from all of the pole pieces. I expect you have all the same, but I have seen people with damaged magnetic poles before -- just a recharge fixed it.

    Assuming the magnet test is ok, I'd raise the high-e side of the pickups until you get volume parity to the other strings. That's the easy fix.

    I have seen some string sets have weak b and e signal strength, so what is the brand? Have you used that brand and size before on other guitars?

    Pushing up the magnet poles can work in theory but sometimes pickups get broken when doing that. So proceed with caution.

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    Is this consistent? If you touch the G string, does the volume increase on the B and E when you are doing it??
     
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    Turn the treble up on your amp.
     
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    Let's see a pic of the pickups from a side view.I always set my pickups where the E and A strings are angled lower and the high E and B are higher up to match up volume-wise.Here is how I set mine up:

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    Both the M+N pickups look off on the treble side as well as the neck. This happens usually because the American Standard bridge has narrow string spacing but I'm not sure about the pickups. Someone here with a similar stock guitar might chime in and share his experience.
     
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    No, it's consistent...all the strings have always a straight volume, but E & B are sounding 20% less...
     
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    Is your neck aligned properly? Looks like the pickguard goes past the body in the pocket and there appears to be space between the low E side of the neck and the body. Also, I’ve had pickups that use different magnets in the same pickup, and the treble side was weaker (V mods) and I had to raise the high E side of the pickups.
     
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    I did that...and the G string still sound louder, probably because it get higher also...
     
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