Vintera 50s Strat string spacing.

FuncleManson

Strat-O-Master
May 23, 2021
500
Moline, IL
Thanks, everyone for the replies; very helpful so far; just to elaborate, I also have a G&L legacy, same problem (my guitar tech actually told me that’s how its supposed to be…I just looked at him. Lol). I have a ‘15 MIM strat, absolutely no problem, the spacing is right on. Also have a PRS SE and the spacing there is brilliant; then again, I’ve played other PRSs and passed because again, the e strings were falling off the neck with only the slightest provocation. Go figure…
Your MIM probably has a 2 1/16" string spacing. The vintage spacing is 2 7/32". You wouldn't think 5/32" of an inch would make that big of a difference, but it does. If you're uncomfortable with the wide spacing, I think @uncle daddy's suggestion of the vintage/narrow bridge would be the way to go.
 

Tone Deaf

Stratosaurus Magnificus
Platinum Supporting Member
Feb 12, 2009
9,252
New Jersey, USA
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Your Vintera has a 1.650” width nut.




Your Vintera has an American Vintage size Bridge assembly. See above #2 bridge


Take a look at the #3 above Callaham American Vintage - NARROW BRIDGE in the above diagram- that may be what YOU are looking for.
 
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Strat-Talker
Dec 4, 2021
229
New York
It is how it is with a 7.25 radius and wide string spacing, no need to laugh at your tech? Wide spacing and a 9.5 radius is not a issue. You just need to tweak it and really some are just worse then others. I have all vintage spec fenders are have resolved this by doing my own set ups and technique habit changes.
Didn’t laugh at the tech…
 

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Strat-Talker
Dec 4, 2021
229
New York
I dunno. I have tried to get on with 7.25” necks for some time now. Some aspects of them I love, but most feel tight/cramped. I have to say the 8.5” radius on my Silver Sky SE feels almost perfect.
Yeah I agree; I have a PRS SE and a Custom 10 top; I think the radius is great and works for me; but there’s thing about the Strats and the Vintera necks I absolutely love….
 

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Strat-Talker
Dec 4, 2021
229
New York
What don’t you know? Vintage radius and wide string spacing can cause issues with E strings falling off the fretboard. If people don’t like it or can’t set up or get a guitar tech to help then move it along. Lots of guitars out there with a flatter radius.
Sure, but I really really really love the strat radius….
 

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Strat-Talker
Dec 4, 2021
229
New York
Oh okay you just looked at him, lol. I see you were lolling to yourself because he said that’s how it is. Which is true but he still should have been able to tweak it a bit to help.
Well, not to split hairs, but I wasn’t even lolling to myself; it was more like, ‘I’m the customer, I want what I want, and you ought to give it to me.” I think he caught the drift, because he said something like, “that’s how it’s supposed to be….but if it’s not what you want, we’ll try to fix it.” I guess I just DID split hairs….lol….
 

Fenderbaum

Senior Stratmaster
Aug 11, 2020
1,474
Bergen, Norway
Its common.. And its worse the more lower gauge string you use.
1st, One comprimise is to cut a new nut and narrow the spacing there. Shifting the High-E just slightly from the edge is doing huge increments. Some here might call it crazy, but if your neck is a 52mm wide or more, its doable.
I personally have no issues with the Low-E slipping and i can bring it dagerously close to the edge and its not slipping on me. Since i can do that, i can shift the grooves in the nut upwards, eliminating the high-E slipping off. But if its a problem for you to edge the Low-E, narrowing the spacing can be too much probably.
2nd, shift the neck a bit. see what it does.
3rd: Get a Vintage Narrow bridge.
 
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Lilmoody

Strat-Talk Member
Jul 15, 2022
57
New York City
Hi everyone; I recently got this great 50s, road worn Vintera, all original parts, etc. Love everything about it (including a killer price), but both e strings are so close to the egde of the fretboard they constantly fall off with the slightest bending or vibrato. The guy I bought it from, a really fine builder in his own right, said I could order from Fender, or stew Mac a bridge with narrower spacing. Anyone have any experience with this? Otherwise, great ax…love it already….

The only thing I can think of, that you can you do to fix the string spacing issue is either:

1) Don't have a Vintage Spec'd guitar, but luckily you can read #2 below :)

2) You need to change the bridge to something with 2-1/16ths instead of 2-7/32.
The latter being vintage string spacing. What you'll want is the modern American Standard 2 Point bridge, but given you got a Vintera that's been pre-drilled for a 6-point, you'll need a conversion like the Mexican Standard 6 Point bridge or American Vintage NARROW 6 Point.

2a) Get a nut that accommodates 2-1/16ths string spacing and should be voila!
 

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Strat-Talker
Dec 4, 2021
229
New York
The only thing I can think of, that you can you do to fix the string spacing issue is either:

1) Don't have a Vintage Spec'd guitar, but luckily you can read #2 below :)

2) You need to change the bridge to something with 2-1/16ths instead of 2-7/32.
The latter being vintage string spacing. What you'll want is the modern American Standard 2 Point bridge, but given you got a Vintera that's been pre-drilled for a 6-point, you'll need a conversion like the Mexican Standard 6 Point bridge or American Vintage NARROW 6 Point.

2a) Get a nut that accommodates 2-1/16ths string spacing and should be voila!
I do believe you’re right! I think, if I don’t get used to it as is, I’ll start with 2a…
 

stratubes

Strat-Talk Member
May 7, 2022
54
Sienna burst
Hi everyone; I recently got this great 50s, road worn Vintera, all original parts, etc. Love everything about it (including a killer price), but both e strings are so close to the egde of the fretboard they constantly fall off with the slightest bending or vibrato. The guy I bought it from, a really fine builder in his own right, said I could order from Fender, or stew Mac a bridge with narrower spacing. Anyone have any experience with this? Otherwise, great ax…love it already….
Is that typical 7.25"r?
 


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