Strat: G string problem

ray1954

Strat-Talk Member
Apr 12, 2021
23
Italy
Hi Everyone, a few minutes ago while I was doing the set up to my Stratocaster the G string has become mute while the other strings are ok. What may have happened? Thank you in advance for advice.
 

Cerb

Anti conformist reformist
Jan 22, 2016
15,365
Sweden
Hi Everyone, a few minutes ago while I was doing the set up to my Stratocaster the G string has become mute while the other strings are ok. What may have happened? Thank you in advance for advice.

Mosy likely it is resting on a fret, or it has slipped off the saddle. It could also be in contact with the pole piece on one of the pickups. It shouldn't be difficult to find where it's in contact with something it shouldn't be.
 

ray1954

Strat-Talk Member
Apr 12, 2021
23
Italy
can you post a few pics that will show us the height of your pickups?
Hi, sorry for the delay, as soon as I took the photos, I hope they are good
 

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Guitarmageddon

Dr. Stratster
Apr 19, 2014
27,496
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Hi, sorry for the delay, as soon as I took the photos, I hope they are good

Your pickups are WAY too high

The neck pickup's cover should be flush or just a hair above the pickguard surface, middle maybe 1/8" higher than neck, bridge 1/8" higher than middle. You have way too much magnetic pull right now and it's killing your sustain and throwing off note definition / intonation....
 

dbb541

Senior Stratmaster
Oct 14, 2010
1,519
Eugene
Totally agree, pickups are too high. If you like a really quacky sound in the 2 and 4 position, try setting the middle pickup lower than the others, seems to work for me.
 

thomquietwolf

Dr. Stratster
Gold Supporting Member
Silver Member
Dec 2, 2010
20,712
Peardale CA
Your pickups are WAY too high

The neck pickup's cover should be flush or just a hair above the pickguard surface, middle maybe 1/8" higher than neck, bridge 1/8" higher than middle. You have way too much magnetic pull right now and it's killing your sustain and throwing off note definition / intonation....
Wow
That low?
I'll have to play with it..
THX
 

Colnago1

Senior Stratmaster
Sep 2, 2014
1,462
Where am I?
I’ve recently lowered all of mine to 1/64 above the guard for the neck(roughly measured from the top of the pickup cover down to the guard), the middle ends up being 1/8” higher than that and the bridge ends up being 1/8” higher than the bridge.
I used to run them much higher, thought I’d play with extremes and this worked out for everything and sounds great. Real Stratty.
 

ray1954

Strat-Talk Member
Apr 12, 2021
23
Italy
I really love the Western Swing and the Bakersfield sound and I noticed that the Shamblin pick ups for example weren't that low (I may be wrong) what do you think?
 

Guitarmageddon

Dr. Stratster
Apr 19, 2014
27,496
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
I really love the Western Swing and the Bakersfield sound and I noticed that the Shamblin pick ups for example weren't that low (I may be wrong) what do you think?

I don't even understand this statement / question.....

Where are the pickups 'not that low'??

Another guitar? Whose? Maybe they had very high string height which allowed for higher pickups.....
 

dbb541

Senior Stratmaster
Oct 14, 2010
1,519
Eugene
You need to lower the neck and bridge as suggested by previous post response. What I am saying is lower the middle a little more if you like a quackier sound (Robert Cray) in the 2 and 4 pos. Basically messing with the middle pickup height changes the 2 and 4 tones somewhat. Just experiment with it.
 


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