#1
I bought a used Squier Bullet Strat this weekend just to use to practice using heavy (.011 to .058) strings. Long story.

Anyway, I was making some adjustments last night, and tried to set the intonation. The best I could do was get within a quarter step from open to 12th fret on each string. Most of the bridge saddles are as far forward as they can be while keeping at least a few threads of the adjusting screw in the saddle bodies.

I can't think of a way to make this any better than what it is. My other two (real) strats adjust easily and precisely.

Any ideas or suggestions?
#2
seems like they've mounted the bridge a bit further back than it ought to be. Either that or the saddle screws are too short.

The only thing i can think of that wouldn't be too costly would be to find some slightly longer screws. It might work - it depends on how severe the problem is really.
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#3
Thanks, Blompcube. I'm just going to be using this guitar for practice, not for playing songs. If the intonation problem is noticeable, I'll get some longer screws.

I have this $75 used Squier, a $700 MIM Strat, and an American Standard Stat. On the wall they look the same. It's when I get into things like this, or just look closely at the construction, that I see the reasons for the difference in price.
#4
Quote by Monkeyleg
Thanks, Blompcube. I'm just going to be using this guitar for practice, not for playing songs. If the intonation problem is noticeable, I'll get some longer screws.

I have this $75 used Squier, a $700 MIM Strat, and an American Standard Stat. On the wall they look the same. It's when I get into things like this, or just look closely at the construction, that I see the reasons for the difference in price.


i have two Squier Bullets and got them intonated fine. i did have the opposite problem from you with one of them and had to lose the springs on a couple of saddles to get them far back enough.

have you measured the distance from nut to bridge on your three strats? I'd be curious to see the differences.
#5
How is the neck bow and action? If it's got a little back bow and then a little higher action to compensate, it could lengthen the strings too much. The nut could be routed or cut wrong a bit as well, or the bridge is off like Blompcube said.

I assume you have the bridge flush against the body? Just checking, since that would surely mess things up if it's floating a bit.
#6
I checked the bow, and it's fine. I lowered the action a bit, low enough so there's no fret buzz.


peskypesky, the distance from the fretboard side of the nut to the front edge of the most extended saddle is 25 1/4".