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Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by ido1957, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    Got a used strat this year and it is set up floating (my first floating strat).
    So I love it and have played it exclusively for several months.

    Pulled out my EC the other day, and found the action too low, as compared to what I am now used to.
    Took the plunge and bought a set of allen wrenches and raised the saddles.
    Took me a few tries to get it to feel right. It's not as high as my floating one but I do find it better and I can "dig in" as they say. So I've lost my virginity in that regard.

    The guy that usually sets up my guitars told me I needed a fret job because it was "zinging" on the E string. It seems ok now so we'll see how much more time I can get out of the original frets.

    Being retired I figure 12 bucks for wrenches beats a pricey fret job.
     
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  2. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Atta buddy! Nice work.
     
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  3. Chubbles

    Chubbles Strat-Talker

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    It can get addicting. The people at harbor freight are starting to recognize me. I'm in deep.
     
  4. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster

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    Next, you'll be adjusting the truss rod...

    Then, your pickup height

    After that, the float,

    And then, and then...
     
  5. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm on a first name basis with the guy that invented the Allen wrench.
     
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  6. Dick Blackmore

    Dick Blackmore Senior Stratmaster

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  7. StrugglingStrum

    StrugglingStrum Strat-Talker

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    Assistant manager. That’s where the big bucks are


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  8. Jimi Lightning

    Jimi Lightning Senior Stratmaster

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    First you start adjusting your own, then a friends, it’s a rabbit hole....:rolleyes:

    Great job, it makes life so much easier to tinker on your own guitars. Congrats!
     
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  9. Ditchgator

    Ditchgator Strat-Talker

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    Kinda inspiring once you start tweaking your guitar yourself. Feels more like a true extension of your body. It's a good thing to know your instrument inside and out and have had your hand in its ability to make your tones yours.
    Keep on with all of your instruments. The benefits are numerous. :thumb::cool:
     
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  10. DeMelo

    DeMelo Strat-Talker

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    Congrats. Just remember: stay away from the truss rod until you know what you're doing and don't mess with the wood -again: until you know what you're doing.

    That aside, strats are nearly indestructible, they welcome you to figure them out.
     
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  11. StratSounds

    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

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    When in doubt...raise the action and float the bridge. That's my motto. Nice work man!
     
  12. Class A Knob

    Class A Knob Senior Stratmaster

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    And then the small boxes and bubble envelopes from Reverb and StewMac become an almost daily mailbox occurrence. :thumbd:
     
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  13. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Senior Stratmaster

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    Many years ago, I discovered that I enjoy working on and tinkering with my guitars nearly as much as making music on them! :rolleyes:As mentioned above, the rewards are numerous. There's the satisfaction of completion, the act of getting your guitar set up the way YOU want it, instead of the way someone else thinks you should want it, and the there is the lifetime of saving boatloads of $$$! :cool: And that's the short list! :p

    Happy Tweakin'
    Gene
     
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  14. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    I started doing a lot of the set up and adjustment work on my guitars a few years ago after finding that I knew what I liked better than other people did... and it didn't cost me at least $50 each time. I adjust truss rods and do complete set ups without thinking about it. I prefer it because I get it exactly the way I like for each of my guitars.

    A little advice here: now that you've got the saddles set where you like them, only adjust the truss rod and not the saddles if you need to adjust your action to account for seasonality (like humid in the summers and dryness in the winters due to the heat being on).
     
  15. misterwogan

    misterwogan Strat-O-Master

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    People close to you will suggest some form of counselling.
     
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    obiwantedj New Member!

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    you ain't a true technician unless the Harbor Freight folks know your first name.
     
  17. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    I bought these simple tools to adjust the action on my Strat. After checking the "factory" specs at Fender I found I needed to lower the low E and lower the G to match the radius (that tool is pretty cool ;) ) Anyway I like the action now but raising it caused my tension to increase. Not a big deal but I can notice it. Curious though wondering if backing off the screws normally reduces tension. This thing is blocked but also wondering if/how intonation / stability of the bridge is affected if I take out the block to allow some slack.

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  18. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    I have learned how to do my own set ups long ago. I think in the last 30 years I've paid for 3 or 4 setups. Discovered I could do it better to my taste than someone else. Saved an immense amount of money as my guitars require re adjustment 3 or 4 times a year with change of seasons. And paying somebody to adjust six guitars 3 or 4 times a year would be ridiculous. But some guys do it. I wouldn't be able to afford the guitars if I had to do that.
     
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    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

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    I enjoy setting up my own , then tweaking them a little here & there as needed to keep them just right .
     
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  20. Alan Crossley

    Alan Crossley Senior Stratmaster

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    Goodness gracious! That’s a long time ago. since Madge could sing that song :oops:
     
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