Is it normal for strings to be uneven on a $2000 Tele?

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  1. dscottyg

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    I preordered an American Ultra, and the company sent photos of one they have ready to send. The strings look uneven at the heel. You can eyeball the dots on the fretboard and the pole pieces at the bridge pickup to also see it’s off a little. I know it doesn’t affect the sound. I’m just wondering if it’s normal and to be expected on a guitar this expensive, and if it would affect playability? Thanks for your ideas.
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    Loosen the screws securing the neck about 1/2 turn. Pull the neck away from the cutaway side of the body so that the strings are evenly spaced. Tighten the screws one at a time. Check that the neck hasn’t shifted. Readjust if need be. Tighten all screws. Check and adjust intonation. Play and enjoy.
     
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    that looks well within the range of normalcy to me but it might give me pause or at least ask for some better pics to make sure its not just the angle etc. You could loosen the screws and adjust it I think
     
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    6 different string guages will never look “perfect” and a photo is likely to distort the spacing further.
     
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    Well, that's a Sweetwater pic.

    I bet it's more of a camera angle thing than a spacing thing.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about that to much, if it plays well and intonates well you should be good with it...Personally I don't care for that bridge anyway...
     
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    Yes
     
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    This^^^
    Not uncommon at all.
     
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    Thanks. I just tried it on my 2001 American Tele that is already dead on to see if I could shift it crooked, but it is so perfectly sitting in that pocket, it won't shift. Maybe there would be more play in that Ultra. I should ask if their tech can fix it before shipping out.
     
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    Maybe. It's sweetwater. They have directly front shot and an angle shot. The direct front shot is straight because you can't see the binding well. Still I guess it could be a very slight angle.
     
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    Haha, keeping it simple!
     
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    Longtime lurker. You always seem pretty to the point.
     
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    Thanks, too wordy though
     
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    It's kind of normal to have a bit more fretboard showing on the bass side so that fatter string doesn't slip over the edge.
    I'd be way more concerned about that Squier-looking bridge.
     
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    I had the problem on a budget Thinline and the neck and pocket where so tight I had to use a sandpaper on the sides of the pocket to make it wide enough to shift the neck and the screw holes where also tight and I had to make them bigger also.
     
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    I think the camera angle on that pic is a little off, which may be creating the illusion that the strings aren’t aligned. Look at the saddle on the left, and then the one on the right. On the one on the left, you can see it’s reflection on the baseplate, but you can’t see any reflection on the one on the right. This suggests that the camera is angled a little bit from the left.
     
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    Good eye. You can see the same thing under all 6 strings. Heck, it looks to me like the reflection of each string is displaced by pretty much exactly the same amount as the dot between strings 3 and 4.
     
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    mhea, just give the neck a bump with the flesh of your hand near the nut on the treble side.... job done....:twisted::D

    or a tap on the soft tolex of your amp without taking it off your shoulder....:lol:
     
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    Sherlock, I think you’re right. Also the screw shows slightly more on the left side. Thanks.
     
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