No 1 string not happy

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by RoyC, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. RoyC

    RoyC Strat-O-Master

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    My no1 string (high e) does not have the sustain that the other strings have, it's kinda half muted / dull, played open or on any fret, if that makes sense.
    Any ideas for a cure ?
     
  2. Dadocaster

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    Look at the bridge saddle, make sure the screws are both bearing tension. And look for whatever ...
     
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  3. R-Dizzle

    R-Dizzle Strat-Talker

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    Probably the nut, string contact on saddle, pickup height etc.
     
  4. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Check your pickup heights, but it could just be a duff string.
     
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  5. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    AS above. Raise the high E side of the pickup a bit. You may wind up having to lower the bass side a bit, too though if you wind up with stratitis on the g string.
     
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  6. misterwogan

    misterwogan Senior Stratmaster

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    If the issue was only the nut, then the fretted note would not be affected.
     
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  7. rockon1

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    As mentioned most likely an issue with the saddle of some sort - not seated properly, worn funny.... Possibly pick up too high but its only affecting one string so less likely.
     
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    Stratwrangler Senior Stratmaster

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    Sometimes its really simple have you wiped the strings with a cloth, unless its lint free sometimes tiny bits get wrapped right around the strings and sounds dead .
    If not saddles and pick ups if not a duff string .
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    How old are the strings? Any dirt,rust, or grime on em? Is that string choking out on a fret?
     
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  10. RoyC

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    OK lads. Fixed it.
    I changed the strings, (D'Addario XT 09/42).
    I also noticed that the spring on the e saddle screw was doing nothing, so I removed it, stretched it a bit so that it was pushing against the bridge saddle.

    The strings were not too old with no rust or grime, I always clean the guitar before putting it away.

    Thanks for all the suggestions leading to the fix.
     
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