#1
Hey guys and gals,

I`ve had a Fender Strat for about 6 mnths now, and although i love it and it feels great, i can`t escape the fact that the high e string sounds dull to me. A chicken clucking is how it can sound. In comparison my Samick Les Paul copy $200 special has a more `balanced` sound across all 6 strings. (Sorry, its hard to describe what i`m on about)

Just wondering,

Is this a common problem?

Could it be solved by replacing the standard pickups it came with (American 2007 model)?


Cheers.
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#2
change your strings, check intonation and the setup of the nut and bridge, maybe the stringing isn't sitting right on the neck. Or just take it to a tech, and theyl know what's wrong with it straight away.
EDIT: or could be the pole-piece alignment of the pickup.
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Last edited by druz15_UG at Jun 11, 2008,
#3
Quote by druz15_UG
change your strings, check intonation



I`ve changed strings many times (i`m using Fender bullets - they seem to rust slower), and i think the set up if fine - no buzzing, feels great up and down the neck.

My other suspicion could be the `tree`.
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#5
could be the tree. could be
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'79 Greco Les Paul Standard
Airline Stratotone Crafter GAE8

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#6
Alright cheers, i think i`ll take it to a Techo & ask.
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#7
how close is the string to the pickups?
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#8
I have the same problem with my strat also the 1st fret on the B string does it to sometimes
#9
Quote by steven seagull
how close is the string to the pickups?



The magnet thingies are really low, but so are the ones for the B string and that one sounds `good` to my ears.


Do you think i`d notice a big difference with new pickups? Any recommendations for Strats?
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#10
sounds like its just low action on the high e string. does it buzz on the frets? (listen to it unamplified).

if thats it, all you need to do is raise the action on that string.
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#11
Hey its been a while - but just for closure... AND if anyone else has similar probs....


I adjusted the pickup heights at the high string end (half a turn with each screw) & it sounds lots better - to me, anyway.


Thanks for all the advice - this really is a great site.
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#12
Quote by steven seagull
how close is the string to the pickups?

My Lord, you're not a CC any more!!!

And maybe raise the pickups a bit, see if that works.
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Good one Horlicks. Classic.



PS. not trolling you BTW just stumbled on it.

What?
#19
Heavier strings might work as long as he/she can re-set up guitar for change. Cheap way to check tho right? If it is an '07 Am Strat I doubt it is the pickups themselves. Raising the one side is obviously a no cost thing to try.

^and Horlick - I was only laughing/congrat'ing because I was thinking the same thing and you threw that out and I smiled and I was also acknowledging your Fender 6 string bass thread lol