String spacing - 60s Vintera vs 60s Vintera Modified

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by VerySlowHand, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. VerySlowHand

    VerySlowHand Tele-Holic

    Aug 3, 2008
    Worcestershire, England
    I'm looking at buying a Vintera Strat - either the 60s or 60s Modified. I've heard that with vintage string spacing, the high E can slip off the board (and I'm clumsy), so does anyone know for sure:

    - Is the string spacing at the bridge wider on the 60s, which is a six-position/vintage bridge?
    - Are the two necks the same width at the uppermost part?
    - If the string spacing is the same, would the flatter radius help prevent the possibility of the high E slipping off the fretboard?

    Photos suggest that on the vintage spec, the high E is very close to the edge of the fretboard, compared to the 9.5" boards.

    I guess I'll be told that good technique will make the question irrelevant; if so, please go ahead and put me right!

  2. pi

    pi TDPRI Member

    Sep 30, 2003
    bay area, CA
    I don't know about these specific models of guitar, but it is true that the wider spacing of the vintage bridge spec tends to put the E string closer to the edge. And even the same model of guitar can have variances due to the final fit, so some may end up closer than others (some of which is mitigated by reseating the neck).

    Also, some people notice it more than others, so what you're used to (and technique) do come into play.

    As with any guitar, the best way to know is to try before you buy.
  3. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler Tele-Meister

    Jul 2, 2010
    Hope this helps. The only thing I'm unsure about and would like to know as well, is if indeed the two-point trem on the modified version has narrower spacing than the vintage trem on the non-modified Vintera. Maybe someone else knows the answer.
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