#1
Hey guys, I received my new Fender Strat MIM take a look :




Is it normal for it to be sticking out ?

Thanks !
#2
It's slightly elevated. take it to a tech and ask him to lower it. Shouldn't cost much at all.
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#4
Open the backplate on the back of your guitar. Use a screw driver and screw the 2 screws that are connected to the tension springs - so that the springs stretch out more. This will cause your bridge to come down. When the bridge is parallel to the body, retune your strings. And repeat. It's quite a simple tweak you should be able to do it yourself without taking it to a tech
#5
thanks, so the bridge should be completely flat on the body ? Not elevated at all ?
#6
Jep. You may have to add an extra spring (~5€ on ebay). Very simple, just hang another one in there.
#7
There are 3 alreay in it. Can I get the guitar OK without buying a spring ? (at least for a few weeks) ?

Should I keep screwing the screws until the bridge is 100% flat ?
#8
Quote by alans056
thanks, so the bridge should be completely flat on the body ? Not elevated at all ?
No, adjusted correctly it's supposed to be a little elevated...

The Strat Temelo is meant to "Float" .. It looks a little high, but not much...

I'll take a picture of mine today and post it..
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#9
Taken from http://www.fender.com/en-GB/support/articles/stratocaster-setup-guide/

TREMOLO

Stratocaster guitars can have four distinctive types of bridges. The most well-known bridge is the vintage-style "synchronized" tremolo. The other three are the American Series bridge, which is a modern-day two-pivot bridge; the non-tremolo hardtail bridge; and a locking tremolo, such as the American Deluxe or Floyd Rose® locking tremolos. If you have a non-tremolo "hardtail" bridge, proceed to "Intonation (Roughing it out)." If you have a locking tremolo bridge, click here.

First, remove the tremolo back cover. Check your tuning. For a vintage-style tremolo bridge, a great way to enhance its performance is to pull the bridge back flush with the body using the tremolo arm. Then loosen all six screws located at the front edge of the bridge plate, raising them so that they all measure approximately 1/16" (1.6 mm) above the top of the bridge plate. Then tighten the two outside screws back down until they're flush with the top of the bridge plate. The bridge will now pivot on the outside screws, leaving the four inside screws in place for bridge stability. For a two-pivot model such as the American Series bridge, use your tremolo arm to pull the bridge back flush with the body and adjust the two pivot screws to the point where the tremolo plate sits entirely flush at the body (not lifted at the front or back of the plate).

Allowing the bridge to float freely (no tension on the tremolo arm) using the claw screws in the tremolo cavity, adjust the bridge to your desired angle—Fender spec is a 1/8" (3.2 mm) gap at rear of bridge. You'll need to retune periodically to get the right balance between the strings and the springs. If you prefer a bridge flush to the body, adjust spring tension to equal string tension, while the bridge rests on the body (you may want to put an extra 1/2 turn to each claw screw to ensure that the bridge remains flush to the body during string bends). Caution: Do not over-tighten the springs, as this can put unnecessary tension on the arm during tremolo use. Finally, you may wish to apply a small dab of Chapstick® or Vaseline® at the pivot contact points of the bridge for very smooth operation.
#12
That looks about as high as mine...

Now, mine is where I like it.. might be different for you..
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#13
My strat has the two pivot screws as tight as possible, five tension springs, and the claw screws almost all the way up to the body. You may have guessed, I don't use the trem arm.
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#14
I have a floating bridge on my strat so I can use the whammy bar up and down. It stays in tune perfectly too.
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#15
..... It's a floating trem. They're supposed to float.
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