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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Lonn, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    This pic hurts to look at. TO get the loaded guard out one side or the strings, then remove the humbucker out the other side..... ouch.

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  2. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks like something I would have done. I got one of those Music Nomad cradle cubes. One of the things I like about it is the ridges on either side that you can use to hold the loosened strings off to one or both sides without removing them. Frees up another hand to work the p/g's out.
     
  3. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    Perfect way to scratch up the finish wiggling things around like that. If I need to get under the hood without sacrificing the strings I loosen the strings, put painters tape across the nut and another piece further down the neck to hold the strings in place and just remove the neck.
     
  4. joesatch

    joesatch Strat-Talk Member

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    that's just pure laziness
     
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  5. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    ....and it's hard work to do it that way lol.
     
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  6. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    But if you loosen the strings, you'll have to take it in for a professional retuning.
     
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    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    I find that when I loosen the strings enough to work on the guitar, they never stay in tune afterwards.
    Using DR Pure Blues in 9-42.
     
  8. StratSounds

    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Uhhhhhh, maybe remove the strings? Am I missing something?
     
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    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    if ya don't wanna remove the strings.. place a piece of tape around the strings at the 1st fret (this keeps the strings from coming off the tuners.). remove the neck.. and place it aside... you now have open access... and when ya get done, replace the neck, tune her up and rock.

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  10. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    Exactly, just what I said above.
     
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    tinkertoy Strat-O-Master

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    I figured this out by my lonesome after doing a swap or two as you pictured.

    It is significantly easier to do it as pictured on the neck pickup.
     
  12. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster

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    It's like my saying "Hmmm. I can get the water pump off of that engine without wasting time pulling the radiator out." An hour later, knuckles bleeding, I knew I was rong. I was rong each time I did it that way.
     
  13. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    I made that same mistake. Once. We spent more time fixing the radiator than we did replacing the water pump. That's young man's work right there.
     
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  14. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Two words: Wire cutters.
    Alternative solution, new strings as those look really fuzzy to begin with.
    In fact a full setup may be needed.
     
  15. DJGranite

    DJGranite Strat-O-Master

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    Instead of tape at the first fret I use a Capo, then I remove the neck.
     
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    longboard blues Senior Stratmaster

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    use a capo?
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yes, but a capo’s easier?
     
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    Dibbs Strat-Talker

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    Yeah, just remove the strings. It's either that, or every time you look at the finish on the guitar you can think to yourself "I wish I'd removed the strings."...
     
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  19. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    Don't own a capo.