Got a Player Strat - any mods/quick fix to make it shine?

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  1. piage84

    piage84 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello all,

    as I posted in my other thread, I've just got my first Strat, a 2020 Player in Polar White.

    I like the neck and the way it plays.

    I was wondering if there are any mods and/or quick fixes that usually needs to be done to the player series. I looks like it's been set up properly. Intonation is good, the action is good.

    My only complaint is that the frets are a bit sharp, so I'll try to file them and maybe I'll gently roll the edges.

    Keen to get your suggestion.

    TIA!
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Play it for a month, then come back and tell us.
     
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    Rolling the fingerboard edges and smoothening out fret ends can be done very simply and gently by going over with a fingernail emery board (500-grit).
     
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  6. piage84

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    Thank you!
     
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    aviamsi Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Locking tuners = Quickest upgrade. Congrats!!
     
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    This little $16 stew Mac fret end dressing file is one of my most used fret files, worth every penny! Polish after words for sure, but removing the sharp ends and rounding is what really makes
    Makes a huge difference.
     

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  9. Lucius Paisley

    Lucius Paisley Strat-Talker

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    Simplest (and cheapest) "mod" would be taking a pencil and adding graphite to the grooves of the nut.

    I can't remember why that's a good thing to do.
     
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  10. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Other than the fret ends, what problems do you want to fix?
     
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    OP, why would you buy a stock guitar and immediately ask others what mods you need to do to make it “shine”?

    Play it for awhile, indicate to us what you enjoy and what you dislike about the model, then we can give you proper advice.
     
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    Adjust pickup heights and tip bass vs treble sides by ear. Generally lower pickups give better tone. If you need more volume use the amp volume knob rather than putting the pickups too close to the strings.

    The fret end issue is a one time fix if you are currently in your driest part of the season (wood shrinks and frets do not).

    Graphite 'lock lube' or the #2 pencil on all string contact points. Smooth out any burrs where the string rides (bridge plate through hole and bottom groves of string-trees are common), more of an issue on Squiers than the Player Series but worth a quick look.

    Deeper mod I'll do is change the wiring on a classic SSS with the Armstrong Blender mod to spin between SSS and series HSH. I find it better than hard switching because there is a range. I also keep all the classic SSS tones unlike dropping in humbuckers. No new parts just a wiring change.

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    I own a 2018 Fender Stratocaster - Player Series in Sage Green Metallic.

    The first modification I did to the guitar was to upgrade the pickups to Fender Custom Shop 1969 pickups.
    A few years later, I modified it again with Locking Tuners.
     
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    piage84 Strat-Talk Member

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    I think I need to clarify what I meant with my post. Mod might be the wrong word.

    I'm happy with the guitar and I don't want to change it.

    However I was wondering whether, on a player guitar, to keep cost down, Fender just skips on few things here and there. Like, in my case, the fret not being smooth.

    I checked the set up cause that one could have been another aspect that could come a bit off from factory (but it's good).

    So, I don't want to change pick ups, or tuners or anything else. What I'm wondering if there are some adjustmens that usually are good to do on a MIM player guitar.

    It might be the case that there's nothing to do.

    Thanks all for the answers so far.

    Hope now I made the question clearer :)
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    The question is clear but it's impossible to answer. You first have to identify the problems before you can correct them. And by "you" I don't mean the general you, but you.
     
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    You got a player strat AND in polar white?Its unfortunate but you cant do anything to that guitar.....your chose wrong.
     
  17. Lucius Paisley

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    I see you're also in Australia.

    I actually had a good look around before I bought my Player and due to lockdown it was unlikely I could have ever got to any of the stores that were selling, so I figured "screw it" and just bought the cheapest I could find in the colour I wanted.

    People are always saying buying online is a crapshoot anyway, and I had a little extra cash at the time to fix anything later.

    Thankfully, the store I bought it offered free setup and free delivery for over $1K AUD purchase. And for a store that specialises in keyboards, they did a damn fine job. I've not really had to adjust anything they didn't already do. They also floated the bridge, which was a shock to me because any other guitar I've bought has had that sucker screwed right down to the wood.

    As somebody who doesn't really use a tremolo bar for anything, I've got that thing permanently attached (essentially).

    Anyway, that's my overblown version of a short answer.

    The short answer being, if you can float the bridge, do it.
     
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  18. Swamp_Thang

    Swamp_Thang Strat-Talker

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    Pencils are made of graphite. It's a great lubricant for metal.

    When you use the tremolo the strings move over the nut. The graphite helps the strings move back to their original position, thus keeping the guitar in tune.
     
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    Trade it for a Suhr and don’t look back!
     
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    My only suggestion would be having the nut perfectly cut and lubed up. Bridge saddles also lubed up. I use the D'Addario Friction Remover thing but there are tons of cheaper ways. Other than that I can't see any problem with a stock Player: luckily they improved a lot over older Standards. Try different pickups heights to better shape the tone you want and that's that I guess. If the nut is well cut and the guitar hardware is properly functioning you don't need any locking tuners (unless you are a very heavy tremolo user I guess).
     
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