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  1. kurher

    Metallic overtone on open B String, why?

    Also check the images in this thread: https://www.strat-talk.com/threads/lsr-nut-anatomy-and-troubleshooting.266522/
  2. kurher

    Metallic overtone on open B String, why?

    The shims are there to provide proper clearance over the first fret. If you think it can go lower, remove one of them and recheck. .020" is probably factory spec with the supplied strings. Shortening this will also affect the angle from the back of the nut to the tuners a little. The little...
  3. kurher

    Metallic overtone on open B String, why?

    As already suggested, you can try to mute the springs in the back cavity. Fender springs resonate sympathetically in B very often. Another thing to check is the truss rod. If it's loose it can make sounds similar to what you describe. However if it's a bi-flex (dual action) it's probably ok...
  4. kurher

    String tension chart (in case anyone was curious...)

    Re-read my first post if you like. It's not my fault if you are offended. I'm only providing information for those who are interested in finding out more. If you're not, you can just ignore it.
  5. kurher

    String tension chart (in case anyone was curious...)

    Sure, but if you want one you can just read the manufacturer's specs on the package or website, if they supply them. Here's an example: http://www.ghsrep.weebly.com/uploads/2/2/2/5/22258814/2020-ghs-elec-guitar-tension.pdf
  6. kurher

    String tension chart (in case anyone was curious...)

    There's no such thing as perfect balance. Yes, ideally each string should be close in tension to it's neighbors but there are lots of other factors to consider and guitars can vary wildly so in the end it all boils down to your preferred set up. Tension is not the be all, end all. If you want...
  7. kurher

    String tension chart (in case anyone was curious...)

    It's quite nice that you took the time to do this but there's a catch (or 2) . Each company will have different values depending mostly on the unit weight of each string, so a calculator will only be valid for a specific brand (although a few others might be really close). Even so, tension is...
  8. kurher

    No Freaking Hum!

    Until a few years ago, I occasionally plugged via i-rig into an i-phone with amplitube (vintage-type single coils). No hum at all.
  9. kurher

    9s vs 10s vs hybrids on a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar

    They do have "more power". If you seek balance with these (EB hybrid) you may have to slant the pickup a great deal. A lot of people nowadays seem to prefer their guitar sounding bass heavy but YMMV.
  10. kurher

    How Fender's Golden-Era Hardware Was Made

    I don't know if this has been posted before. It's an interview with Karl Olmsted of Race & Olmsted who provided lots of hardware for Fender from the late ’40s through to the ’80s. https://reverb.com/news/how-fenders-golden-era-hardware-was-made-bacons-archive
  11. kurher

    Truss rod nut deep in heel

    Ideally it should not be that far in. When trying to straighten it, it's good to loosen the rod a little, bend the neck straight (e.g. by applying some pressure on the headstock, middle of the neck or both) and then tighten the rod a little to keep it there. That might save some adjustment room.
  12. kurher

    Difference between 57/62 tremolo and pure vintage tremolo

    The PV block also has no paint where it contacts the plate. Don't know about the current AV one.
  13. kurher

    Taking The Stagger Out Of Stagger...?

    Isn't changing a string or two so much easier? Nah, it's just me.
  14. kurher

    Should I take a floating trem into account when setting saddle heights?

    If you want to have specific intervals on some strings when pulling up on the trem, you will have to readjust the claw on the back after making action and intonation tweaks. When adjusting the claw you may have to retune a few times until it stabilizes. Re-check and do what's needed. Intonation...
  15. kurher

    Should I take a floating trem into account when setting saddle heights?

    You might need to go back and forth between adjusting height, intonation and float angle until the desired medium is reached. If it already feels good, leave it alone.
  16. kurher

    Taking The Stagger Out Of Stagger...?

    The problem is not the staggering, it's the string. Why risk ruining a perfectly working pickup when you can just use a thinner (if you use plain) string? It will probably sound much better too.
  17. kurher

    Setting up a 6 screw bridge in 'complete float'

    IME when the bridge is properly installed it doesn't touch the body but has a tiny gap in the transitional area. If you loosen the screws more the bridge slides on them and if you tighten them it binds. I wouldn't put washers like in the picture above because it would introduce more friction and...
  18. kurher

    74 Strat replacement bridge under $100 (partscaster)

    It should be either 2-7/32 or 2 1/16 (not probable). If you notice the strings pass over the midpoint of the front screws. This means that the screw and string spacing is identical (2-7/32) and is the vintage one. Don't measure away from the bridge, you'll only get confused. Saddles should be...
  19. kurher

    74 Strat replacement bridge under $100 (partscaster)

    Your original bridge does NOT have narrow string spacing, no strat does before the 80s. That does not mean you can't install one with it.
  20. kurher

    74 Strat replacement bridge under $100 (partscaster)

    If you're after a vintage looking bridge, the GE101TS should be good enough. The VSVG is also a great bridge but the string spacing may be narrower.
  21. kurher

    74 Strat replacement bridge under $100 (partscaster)

    For a cheaper alternative, check out Gotoh and Wilkinson. Keep in mind that although most replacements will fit just fine, the dimensions of the plate and block might differ a little. Save the old one.
  22. kurher

    Infuriating problem with one string

    While it is most probably a bridge related problem, there are quite a few things you could try. Many times the G string just doesn't stay on the same spot on the saddle. Have you tried retuning after a bend until it stabilizes and then diving with the bar? If the situation is reversed (in tune...
  23. kurher

    Pickups for Jimi when Custom Shop 69s won’t do…

    I'd go with either CS69s or PV65s. The differences between standard and reverse staggered are not that big IME.


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