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  1. DFW_Strat

    DFW_Strat Strat-Talk Member

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    I’d like to start learning how to set up my Strat, make adjustments, etc. I thought you all might recommend some favorite YouTube videos, books, etc to get a person started. There is a lot to wade through out there. Thanks for any help.
     
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    JustABluesGuy Senior Stratmaster

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    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    i use his methods and am very happy with how my strats are set up.
    remember this vid of me demonstrating how well they stay in tune? this is just one but they are all like that.
     
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    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    He seems to be the top video of choices. There are tons of how too's on the tube but just like above, I learned more from him. Trial and error teaches a lot as well.
     
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    This is great - I just joined this forum to ask exactly this question!

    If I may piggy-back on the thread, I'm in the same position as the OP - have a Strat and would like to learn to maintain and set it up myself rather than taking it to a tech every time, at least for the routine stuff.

    I'll spend some of the weekend watching the YouTube video recommended before asking any more questions.
     
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    DFW_Strat Strat-Talk Member

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    Frudua has the Strat setup stuff broken down into playlists. Very handy. I’m beginning to think even I can do this.
    :cool:

    What did we ever do without great forums like this?
     
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    I would like to announce that I just fixed the wobbly jack socket on my Strat. My first piece of DIY guitar maintenance. :D
     
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    The Ballzz Senior Stratmaster

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    Played fixed bridge guitars, like Teles and Les Pauls? :p And/Or played constantly out of tune! :eek:

    And welcome to the forum @Rogfrich

    Just Sayin'
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    Thanks :)
     
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    Yeah, while there's a few nits that I could pick and couple of details not addressed, Frudua is the schnitt!

    Just My $.02,
    Gene
     
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    i dont do a few of the things he does anymore, such as using the post it notes under the bridge.
    its faster for me after doing several setups to just guess how far to screw in or out the claw screws.
     
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    The Ballzz Senior Stratmaster

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    I hear ya there! My guitars, once set up only need re-setups after long time spans and LOTS of playing. I usually change my strings, one at a time (for speed and efficiency) and only rely on the post it method when I remove all strings at the same time for annual "deep" cleanings and fret board oiling. I do, however find that the trem springs weaken/loose tension over time and occasionally need a tiny bit of tightening/tweaking to keep the "up-bend" where I like it.

    Just My $.02 & Likely Worth A Whole Lot Less?
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    yeah, springs weaken over time and every once in awhile ya gotta do a complete setup. thats not a bad thing.
    but it would drive me nuts to change strings one at a time.
     
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    Yeah, I'm not above changing a set of strings just before a show. Especially on a wiggle stick guitar, I find that tuning up is quicker, as everything remains generally stable by swapping them individually, stretching each as they go on, then one good, aggressive song played and I'm good to go! It reduces neck tension and spring equalization, etc. On a good day, with nobody yapping in my ear, a full set string change, stretch, lube, tune, etc, takes about 10 to 15 minutes and that includes bangin' out a song. Of course, I'm changing a set on one guitar or another, at least every other day!
    But, That's Just Me! :D
    Gene
     
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    But, can you do it with the cable still attached?
     
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