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Stratocaster setup - tweaking again.

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by the embezzler, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. the embezzler

    the embezzler Tele-Holic

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    After living with what I thought was medium action with 9-46 strings on my 2002 Highway One, I became frustrated with the plinkiness of my Strat and redid the setup.

    I dropped some relief into the neck so it went from being straight to 0.10 or so at the 8th fret.
    I also raised the strings so that the bass E is maybe 1/32" at the 12th fret and the high E is jacked up even more around 6/64 to facilitate clean string bending. It's approaching a 10" radius I guess.
    Pickup heights are 1/32 or so on the bass side (except for the neck pickup because I drop it down to where the wolf tone dissappears) and around 5/64 on the treble side.

    The guitar action looks high now but it feels and plays and sounds so much better.

    Anybody else rocking similar specs?
     
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  2. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's

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    I forget numbers, but your way sounds similar to mine. I set the low E as low as it can without buzzing out on the high frets, and the high E as low as I can while allowing for bends without fretting out. From there I set the middle strings to match the fretboard radius. Then I play and adjust as needed from there.

    When I look at my guitars hanging on the wall, from a certain angle the strings do look a little high. I think part of that is to do with the radius-matching (the D string will look "higher" compared to the E sides of the fretboard; this is probably more exaggerated the smaller the radius), and part to do with the simple fact that ultra-low isn't necessarily what you need to achieve what you want.
     
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  3. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Is that your pickups a 1/32nd from the strings?

    I put my neck pickups covers flush with the pickguard and bridge pickup high enough to balance volume. Turned the amp up. So much better tone.

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  4. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    Your low string far far far too low for me. I'm probably at 1/8+ on the low E and like it there. It's not hard on the fingers playing those big strings anyway. My high E is probably close to yours. at maybe .080 or so. I assume uyou mean .010 relief not .10
    I've never heard of a low E at 1/32.
     
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  5. heltershelton

    heltershelton Tele-Afflicted

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    this is how I keep my action on my guitars. I don't know the number value because I don't measure. I used to have it higher but I've lowered it some over the last few years. I cannot play guitars with the action set too low.
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  6. the embezzler

    the embezzler Tele-Holic

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    Sorry - I meant pickup heghts are 3/32 on the bass side, 1/16 on the treble side. Though I do drop the neck pick way down low on the bass side to eliminate wolf tones.
     
  7. the embezzler

    the embezzler Tele-Holic

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    Sorry, I was wrong. I'm 2/32 on the bass side and 3/32 or so on the treble side at the 12th fret.
     
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    Dont know how you could get a low e to vibrate cleanly at 1/32
     
  9. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    I see. I think you will find most have the low E higher than the high E. But whatever works is good!
     
  10. kingvox

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    I go for 2/64" High E and 3/64" Low E, or at the highest, 3/64" High E and 4/64" Low E.

    I always need to do fretwork to get it to play as low as I want. General fret leveling as well as re-radiusing. Flattening the radius higher up is mandatory for buzz-free bending on the High E string with the lowest possible action.
     
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