#1
Hi, i have an american strat and i have 2 things that seem odd to me

1) the bridge is pretty high, as in i can push it and the pitch changes
is this normal for the whammy bar?

2) i can see the truss rod's "head" pop out
is this healthy for my guitar?

thx for ur help
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#2
Quote by freedom_dude12
Hi, i have an american strat and i have 2 things that seem odd to me

1) the bridge is pretty high, as in i can push it and the pitch changes
is this normal for the whammy bar?


It's normal for the bridge to have some forward pitch and a gap of about 3mm between the bridge plate and the front of the guitar.

Quote by freedom_dude12

2) i can see the truss rod's "head" pop out
is this healthy for my guitar?


This is not normal for a US Strat with a bi-flex truss rod. Can you post a photo?
#3
sounds like it has A.I.D.S.

sorry

seriously though, it sounds like you're okay. its a floating style bridge i thing, so its okay.

about the truss rod... just dont fck with it hahha

edit:
how is the action looking?
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#4
are there screws on the bridge bolting it to the wood of the guitar? is so, are they loose or tight right now?

when you say you can see the truss rod, are you saying that you do not have a metal plate on back of guitar where neck meets body that normally covers that or did you take if off or what?

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#6
hum. ok. (and yes, i do not have an american strat)

truss rod - i see now that you are talking about at the neck. sorry. that does look weird tho. i thought you were saying you had the back plate off to make an adjustment or something and it was sticking out there. YES, that does look to be abnormally protruding, as if rod has slipped down the neck and out. Take it in for repair.

bridge - there should be 2 screws on the bridge plate that screw into wood body. i sometime adjust those in small fractions if my bridge is popping out too much in the back - like yours imo. sometime i like it that way to give me more 'float' so if you like it like that that's fine.

Do you use wammy a lot? Do you change string gauge a lot? Do you make your own adjustments to truss rod?

Where's JJ?

I would take it in for Set Up, but maybe someone else had a diff idea.

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#7
i dont use whammy that often
i dont change my strings often
no, i never touched the truss rod
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#8
i'm not a guitar expert
that does not look normal
mine is almost an 1" inch inside the neck
does it play fine otherwise?
do you have an allen wrench that would fit that hex slot on end of rod?

I'm not suggesting you turn it i'm just curious if it has any play in it or is it really tight?

i think you need to just take it in.
they will probably take the strings off, take the back plate off, try to tap the rod back down into place, adjust the neck and tighten appropriately, restring, tune, adjust, tune, adjust, tune, and then set up the rest of your guitar.

anyone else have any ideas? there are others on here that are smarter than i

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#9
Quote by freedom_dude12
Hi, i have an american strat and i have 2 things that seem odd to me

1) the bridge is pretty high, as in i can push it and the pitch changes
is this normal for the whammy bar?

2) i can see the truss rod's "head" pop out
is this healthy for my guitar?


thx for ur help

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It didn't pop out! That's the bullet truss rod common to late '60s to early '70s CBS headstocks!



Relax!