#1
I recently purchased a used Squier Standard Stratocaster FMT. The only problem I have found with it is that my high E string keeps getting caught on the frets closest to the body, resulting in a high pitched pinging sound. How can I fix this?
#2
Raise the action a tad. Youll need to retune and intonate the string after as well.
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#3
sounds like the bridge might be misaligned
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#4
I think either the bridge or neck are out of line. Pictures of your guitar would help.

You could also have chunks or dints in your frets causing the string to snag, when I tried a guitar in a pawn shop once I couldn't bend the B or G without them getting caught in a groove in the fret then pinging out like you described.
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#6
The string gets rolled off of the fretboard in that spot, no matter how hard or lightly I strum. It's fine if I'm actually using the E. Maybe that's why the guitar was $80...
#7
I would have guessed that the neck needs tweaking over a little, but it looks OK to me in the pics, because the neck pickup is lined up properly with the strings. However, it does look as if the strings and/or saddles need moving over a bit so that the 1st string is further from he edge of the neck. It might be easiest to move the whole bridge over, if there is sufficient space to the bass side of the trem block.
#8
Everything looks to be in line to me, I don't think it is the bridge or neck alignment that is the issue.

Can you please describe the problem in more detail? Which fret is the string slipping off from? Can you bend the high E up and down without it feeling like it is getting snagged?
Are all your frets smooth?
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#9
common problem with squiers. it was $80 lol it's a cheap guitar. the neck is probably bowed and possibly twisted a bit, the frets if i had to guess are probably mucky, and the overall intonation is lousy. get it properly set up and it should fix the problem, but not for long.
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Everything looks to be in line to me, I don't think it is the bridge or neck alignment that is the issue.

Can you please describe the problem in more detail? Which fret is the string slipping off from? Can you bend the high E up and down without it feeling like it is getting snagged?
Are all your frets smooth?


Look at the 4th pic. The 1st string isn't centered over the bridge pickup pole, it almost off the edge of it. It also looks as if the saddles might be too wide for the neck and pickup pole spacing.
#11
Well, the E string bends well above where the snags occur. I can have fingers in the general area of the slipping area and have it stay in place. How much would it probably cost to have the guitar's problems fixed?
#12
Quote by Tony Done
Look at the 4th pic. The 1st string isn't centered over the bridge pickup pole, it almost off the edge of it. It also looks as if the saddles might be too wide for the neck and pickup pole spacing.


This is common on Strats, Squier or otherwise. It looks worst at the bridge because the string spacing is widest there, while the polepieces are the same spacing as the neck and middle. And the bridge pickup is angled, making the alignment off. It has a negligible effect on function, nothing that cannot be compensated for by raising the pickup height, and next to nothing to do with neck or bridge being misaligned.

If I'm correct in stating that the OP's problem is that the high E is getting caught by the pick while strumming and coming off the fretboard, that sounds more like a technique issue.
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#13
Quote by Tony Done
Look at the 4th pic. The 1st string isn't centered over the bridge pickup pole, it almost off the edge of it. It also looks as if the saddles might be too wide for the neck and pickup pole spacing.


That is normal for Strats, mine looks the same above the bridge pickup pole piece and I have zero issues with strings falling off the fretboard.

Quote by jonahclass611
Well, the E string bends well above where the snags occur. I can have fingers in the general area of the slipping area and have it stay in place. How much would it probably cost to have the guitar's problems fixed?


What fret exactly does the snagging occur?
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#14
Quote by Stillhouse
This is common on Strats, Squier or otherwise. It looks worst at the bridge because the string spacing is widest there, while the polepieces are the same spacing as the neck and middle. And the bridge pickup is angled, making the alignment off. It has a negligible effect on function, nothing that cannot be compensated for by raising the pickup height, and next to nothing to do with neck or bridge being misaligned.

If I'm correct in stating that the OP's problem is that the high E is getting caught by the pick while strumming and coming off the fretboard, that sounds more like a technique issue.


Yes, the lack of alignment wouldn't worry me in the least from the pickup performance POV, but in this example, the 6th string is fairly well centred over the poles and the first string isn't. IOW, I'm still left wondering if the bridge, saddles, strings whatever aren't somewhat misaligned towards the treble side. I admit I could be making mountains out of mole hills, or it could be the camera angle, but given the OP's problem, I would be looking at it as a possible factor.
#15
If anything, a good setup by a pro couldn't hurt. But I don't see anything jumping out as being mechanically wrong with the guitar.

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#16
here is a long shot (i can't tell for sure in pics), how high is your neck pickup? is there any chance that it could be too high and pulling on the string and guiding it out?

i had that happen once once on an old washburn and a really strong magnet on the neck pickup, but that was when i was 13 and thought an X2N was the answer for life. haha. however i don't see stock single coils ever doing that... lol.
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Quote by jonahclass611
My neck pickup is as high as all the other pickups.


i did say a long shot... lol.
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#20
I know you guys are gonna find this crazy, but I dropped the guitar a short distance (completely on accident) and the string stopped sticking to the edge of the fretboard.
#21
Quote by jonahclass611
I know you guys are gonna find this crazy, but I dropped the guitar a short distance (completely on accident) and the string stopped sticking to the edge of the fretboard.


I guess we should have just suggested to hit it with a hammer
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