Really need some help!

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  1. dgarispe

    dgarispe Strat-Talk Member

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    I picked up my strat today and everytime i use the whammy bar, bend the string, or vibrato the high e,b, or g strings i hear a weird crackling sound which sounds like its coming from the headstock. I also noticed that now my tuners pop when im tuning and none of this stuff has happened before today. Any solutions? Its really bothering me
     
  2. sevycat

    sevycat Custom Shop Cat

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    Probably the strings are the problem. Replace the strings, with a new set, using the correct gauge strings the guitar was set up for and go from there. You may also want to put some lub under the string tree, the nut grove, and at the saddles. It should help with you dive bombing whammy bar adventures.

    It's as good of a starting point for trouble shooting this issue.
     
  3. dgarispe

    dgarispe Strat-Talk Member

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    just changed the strings, and no progress
     
  4. Donovan

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    sounds like binding at the nut.
     
  5. sevycat

    sevycat Custom Shop Cat

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    Lube up the works!
     
  6. zag1

    zag1 Strat-O-Master

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    'Nuff said!
     
  7. fenderkev

    fenderkev Most Honored Senior Member

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    How long have you had this guitar, what model is it, and have you made any changes to it recently(fitted new parts,set up etc etc)? Never heard of tuners "popping" before. :confused:
     
  8. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Nut binding fer sure
     
  9. dgarispe

    dgarispe Strat-Talk Member

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    well i got it used couple weeks ago. 03 am strat. adjusted the intonation on the big e but not on the strings that are popping. did lay tremolo flush to body but then adjusted it and put it back.
     
  10. fenderkev

    fenderkev Most Honored Senior Member

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    If you've lubed everything and there's still a problem go through the set-up process again as described in this link .:: Fender®.co.uk ::. The Am Standards are very well made and very reliable guitars. Your guitar may have lay unplayed for a while before you got it. If you're using heavier guage strings than were on it you'll certainly have to make a truss rod adjustment at least. If your using 11's+ the nut slots may need widening too. Good luck!
     
  11. ralphtown

    ralphtown Strat-Talker

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    If you have a pencil in the house,then sharpen it to get at the lead (graphite).
    With a small brush,loosen off the strings and try and get some graphite into the grooves in the nut.
    That should sort you out.

    OR

    Try some "Chorme Frets" cleaner.
    Do a google for this and watch the demo video online.

    Good Luck.

    RALPH
     
  12. Offshore Angler

    Offshore Angler Senior Stratmaster

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    Crackling sounds are usually static electricity. A nut problem will be a pronounced and discreet ping and the guitar will then be out of tune.

    Popping during tuning can be due to improperly installed strings or a binding in the nut.

    Is this coming throught the amp or can you hear it unplugged?

    Also, is this a MIM, AmStd, or Squier?
     
  13. Clyde Billt

    Clyde Billt Strat-Talk Member

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    String tree?
    I had a string tree once that was very slightly misaligned on the B string and it would scrape against the side whenever I hit a bend or moved the trem. It never affected the tuning as it always came back in.
    It made a high pitch pinging sort of noise
     
  14. Uberstink

    Uberstink Strat-Talker

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    1) remove the factory strings.

    2) Use chapstick at the nut and trees.
     
  15. 1962dguitargeek

    1962dguitargeek Strat-Talker

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    If you have a plastic nut, replace it.

    Plastic is soft and the strings can cut into it and stick...
     
  16. j2b4osan

    j2b4osan Strat-Talker

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    put chapstick in the nut, string trees and saddles with a tooth pick. works wonders
     
  17. dgarispe

    dgarispe Strat-Talk Member

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    its an american standard and the sound does not come through the amp, it sounds like its coming from the string trees. ill try lubing those