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Old December 27th, 2008, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Strat bridge / spacing

Hi all,

I'm a bit confused with all bridge screw and string spacing options and wonder about pickup and/or nut missalign potential problems...

Is there one spacing scheme that is more widely compatible with most Strat pickups?

Are most pre-cutted nuts only correct for one spacing?



I have two Strat bodies (parts) with 2 1/16 screw spacing.
If I use one of those bodies I can only use a 2 1/16 screw & strings spaced bridge, am I right? (I'd get an upgraded one with a good block)
But then, do I need to look for that spacing on the pickups?




This are the bridge spacings I know of:

A. 2 1/16 for both screws and strings ( = Fender MIM spacing?)
B. 2 7/32 for screws and 2 1/16 for strings
C. 2 7/32 for both screws and strings ( = Fender USA spacing?)

Wich bridge spacing would be the most universal (on a vintage style Strat world) ?

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Old December 27th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My personal experience and preference:

I have a 2 7/32" X 2 7/32" trem in the closet that I took off a vintage body, and I use a Highway One bridge with 2 7/32" screw / 2 1/16" string spacing. The strings don't fall off so easily.
And the string slots of the saddles are elongated a bit more than the 'vintage' style saddles, to help eliminate stress at that point. And it's still "American" made with Fender saddles.

The narrow bridges only work on mexi and imports as far as I know, so I just don't use them

The width of the nut end of the neck plays a minor part in the geometry, also, but it shows more on the neck pup area ~ the poles are wider than the strings with a narrow nut and narrower string space, but the sound does not seem to be affected by it as much as it looks 'not right'.
Bill (& Becky) Lawrence addresses the pole spacing with a set of narrow poles, but I really didn't notice any significant volume equality differences. They did look better, though.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you,
So "normal" pups are all 2-7/32 ? (sorry I'm a Strat novice)


BTW, would 2-1/16 string spacing but with a 1-3/4 (44mm) nut align better?
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Old December 29th, 2008, 10:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Quote:
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I have a 2 7/32" X 2 7/32" trem in the closet that I took off a vintage body, and I use a Highway One bridge with 2 7/32" screw / 2 1/16" string spacing. The strings don't fall off so easily.
And the string slots of the saddles are elongated a bit more than the 'vintage' style saddles, to help eliminate stress at that point. And it's still "American" made with Fender saddles.

The narrow bridges only work on mexi and imports as far as I know, so I just don't use them
Im dancing on the edge of the fret board with what was sold to me as a Jimmy Vaughan trem coupled with a Jimmy Vaughan neck...I could probably live with it and get used to playing like that, but if a Highway One bridge would make me more comfortable Im all about it!!!

Now how could I go about getting one of those Highway One trems?????
Ive already began to search, even tried the Stratosphere...is there a better way to search for this other than "Highway One Bridge/Tremolo"?
Would Guitarpartsresource carry this? Is there a Fender part number? Anything?
Any help would be appreciated!
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Old December 31st, 2008, 06:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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>Anything?

well, Callaham have a trem/bridge with 2 7/32 screw spacing and 2 1/16 string spacing (= HW1, theoretically)
I'm shure it's good but shure there will be cheaper alternatives out there...

ANyone can help with my questions on my last post please?


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Old January 2nd, 2009, 03:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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From: http://www.callahamguitars.com/blocks.htm
great resource...

Fender made from 1954 - 1969
2 7/32 string spacing

American Reissue Strat or
Highway 1 Strat (up to & including year 2005) or
Custom Shop Relic or
WD exact vintage or
Stewart MacDonald vintage or
Jimmie Vaughan Strat or
Eric Johnson Strat
2 7/32 string spacing

Made in Japan Reissue Strat
Note: Japanese reissues have varying tolerances through the years. Also check for 2 7/32 string spacing.

Left-handed Vintage or
Stevie Ray Vaughan Strat (SRV)
2 7/32 string spacing

Made in Mexico Classic (50's,60's,70's) or
Mexican Gold Plated Deluxe
6-pivot bridge
2 7/32 string spacing

Made in Mexico Standard Series Strat
6-pivot bridge
2 1/16 string spacing.

Made in Mexico Classic Player Strat
2-pivot bridge
2 1/16 string spacing.

Highway 1 Strat (2006 and later)
6-pivot bridge
2 1/16 string spacing.
2 7/32 mounting spacing

American Standard Strat or
American Series Strat or Strat Plus
2-pivot bridge
2 1/16 string spacing.

American Deluxe Series Strat or
Strat Ultra
2-pivot bridge
2 1/16 string spacing.

Made in Korea Lite Ash Strat
2-pivot bridge
2 1/16 string spacing.
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thanks a lot! good for the archives too
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