#1
Hey,

Ive got a few problems with my new strat. Bascially I got it with the factory setup.. I lowered the bridge and set the intonation. Here are the problems:

The action is still really high (Lowering the bridge seemed to make it worse). If I lower the action I get a sort of buzzing sound. It's not like full on fret buzz, just a kind of faint rattle / slight buzz, it doesn't go on and on like really bad fret buzz. I don't know if you can hear it through the amp or not. Is this normal? My other guitar did it as well.

The other thing is, if I lower the action how will it affect the intonation? Will it make it more sharp or more flat?

Thanks
#2
start with a level bridge. if you are unsure if intonation is affected by adjustments, just fret the string at the 12th and see if it's in tune.

and some buzz not thru the amp is normal.
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#3
Quote by jj1565
and some buzz not thru the amp is normal.


Ahh, I was afraid of that

It can be annoying cause I don't play that loud when im playing on my own.


Oh and when I set the intonation earlier.. everything was fine then 10 mins later it was slightly out again (Too sharp). It seems like you have to turn the screw loads just to get it to flatten by a tiny bit.
#4
^^if the guitar stops buzzing because of a thicker gauge, that means that the neck was backbowed. and the thicker strings added relief and made the guitar more playable.

^ if your tuning isnt stable the bridge might be a little lifted.
Jenneh

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#5
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My MIM strat did the same with the string that came with it (0.9). I replaced the strings with .10's and intonated it, and the buzz was gone. I also prefer .10's because i think they sound better, but that's just my opinion.


I prefer .10's as well, this is actually the first time ive used .9's. I took off the factory strings though and replaced them with Ernie Ball Super Slinky.
#6
^yeah sometimes the thicker string sits better in the nut. but it increased the bow too.
Jenneh

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#7
Oh, one other thing I forgot... the low E seems to vibrate alot.. When you hit and look at the string it vibrates like a downtuned string
#8
is the bridge lifted? if you dont know what this means then say something.

and check ur intonation (tuning at the 12th)
Jenneh

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#9
Quote by jj1565
is the bridge lifted? if you dont know what this means then say something.

and check ur intonation (tuning at the 12th)


I just lifted bridge and seems better. It mustn't have liked the bridge being flat. Though I thought you needed a flat bridge to beable to set the intonation properly?

I just checked my intonation.. Low E and G are out a little bit... Im gonna lower the action before I fix the intonation again though
#10
Quote by Bornlivedie UK
Oh, one other thing I forgot... the low E seems to vibrate alot.. When you hit and look at the string it vibrates like a downtuned string


Hey, that happens to my American Strat, haha. Dunno what it is, but it plays fine.
#11
Since Ive got a thread going here, I might as well ask.. What's the best way to clean the body of the guitar without ruining the paint / wood. It's covered in grubby fingerprints
#12
damp cloth/Guitar polish.
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#13
just to add, make sure it's a guitar cloth. some cloths seem smooth but can leave scratches or swirl marks.


and if you were having problems with a bridge flat against the body, then that means the springs probably were too tight. or uneven in some way.

a small lift in the bridge can be fine as long as you keep the nut cuts lubed, and the bridge is balanced with the strings pull.
Jenneh

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#14
Take it in get it setup by a pro and ask if you can watch. Strats can be really tricky to get them to play right. Sounds like you need a little relief but its hard to say without measuring anything.
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