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I received a brand new Hendrix Edition Stratocaster 2 weeks ago as a gift (I know, I am lucky) but have been experiencing troubles with it. When I initially played it I noticed that it was struggling to stay in tune and when I eventually tuned it down to Eb this seemed to get even worse. When attempting to tune it down the guitar had a weird quirk where it pretty much refused to stay in that key, by the time I had went through the strings and tuned the high E a half step down and went back to my low E the thing was much closer to E than Eb. I had to tune it about 7-8 times before it would even begin to stay down in the Eb range which I have never seen on a guitar before. Tried tuning it back into E standard and was still getting wonky results. 

I took it back to the shop and they put new strings on it and adjusted the bridge thinking that might be the problem and I was able to take it home and try again. They also said it might take a bit to get used to being strung in Eb and even out. While better, unfortunately the guitar still struggles to stay in tune, especially the low E string which seems bizarre to me because it likely sees some of the least amount of bending on all areas of the guitar. Some times all it takes is about 2 minutes of basic chording and the low E is 1/3 of the way to E from Eb. 

What the hell goes on here? Could my tuner be faulty (my other strat doesn't do this but I don't have great tone recognition)? Is this within the realm of standard guitar behavior or something anyone else has experienced? At this point I am thinking of just taking it back as I seem to never have anything but terrible luck with guitars but was just curious what others think could be causing this and what they would do.
#3
Is the bridge floating (tilted up slightly from the body)? If so, that's basically what you get although lubing the nut slots might help some.

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#4
Like mentioned, the string might be getting caught on the nut slot. You can file them in an outwards/downwards shape towards the headstock to minimize friction. Also, lube all the slots with graphite (pencil) and make sure your trem is set right. Is it floating? Does it have to be or would you rather have it flush against the body? Floating allows you to bend up apart from down and flush only downwards. Fender trem systems aren't that great when floating (unlike G&L which use a double fulcrum system for this). If looking for flush, tighten the springs using the screws in the back cavity till you have a comfortable bending tension that is enough to pull the strings back. Add some WD-40 where the metal plate inside the rear cavity (part that holds the springs) touches the same screws holding down the tension. How do the strings look at the tuning pegs? You want to have only about 2-3 wraps to prevent stretching and have the strings bend as little as possible from the nut.

Might have to give it a day or two for the strings to settle.

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Like mentioned, the string might be getting caught on the nut slot. You can file them in an outwards/downwards shape towards the headstock to minimize friction. Also, lube all the slots with graphite (pencil) and make sure your trem is set right. Is it floating? Does it have to be or would you rather have it flush against the body? Floating allows you to bend up apart from down and flush only downwards. Fender trem systems aren't that great when floating (unlike G&L which use a double fulcrum system for this). If looking for flush, tighten the springs using the screws in the back cavity till you have a comfortable bending tension that is enough to pull the strings back. Add some WD-40 where the metal plate inside the rear cavity (part that holds the springs) touches the same screws holding down the tension. How do the strings look at the tuning pegs? You want to have only about 2-3 wraps to prevent stretching and have the strings bend as little as possible from the nut.

Might have to give it a day or two for the strings to settle.



+1 but for the love of God don't use WD40. white lithium grease or something similar would be a MUCH better way to go.

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+1 but for the love of God don't use WD40. white lithium grease or something similar would be a MUCH better way to go.
Why is that? Just so I know for any time something similar comes up.

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sa1bot  Bring it to a reputable  tech and get a professional setup - it's $50 and well worth the money. Don't touch the nut - you're out of your league here - just hire someone.  A good setup can last a very long time.   
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sa1bot  Bring it to a reputable  tech and get a professional setup - it's $50 and well worth the money. Don't touch the nut - you're out of your league here - just hire someone.  A good setup can last a very long time.   

^^  This!  A Strat is pretty sweet once really setup well.  This is a job best left to someone with LOTS of experience.
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