#1
We recently moved from Colorado to Indiana...I figured the guitars would go through a change moving from a very dry to a humid area.

I picked up my Epi Les Paul and except for being out of tune a bit no problem. However, my Strat is acting strange.

All the strings sound find when played open - however, the 1-3 strings (G-B-E) don't play right when fretted on the upper frets - I don't get any sound. So, for example, playing a open D chord - nothing comes out. When you get down below the 8th fret or so, it seems to sound o.k.

I checked action at 17th fret per Fender rec's - everything was o.k. (4/64 on treble and 5/64 on bass)..

Any ideas? Am I missing something stupid?
#2
probably needs a truss rod adjustment. it sounds like it needs a bit of relief.
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#5
Strange things continue - it was about a month after these posts that I got a chance to take the guitar in to get looked at. Surprisingly, when I took it in, the strings played normal - no adjustment needed! The shop looked at it and handed it back to me! Said it was due to humidity change and guitar "settling"

Today, I changed the strings on it - the strings were looking discolored and I had no idea what gauge was on there (we bought it used). Got the fresh strings on it and guess what - the high 3 strings don't play right when fretted on the upper frets- sound normal when struck open and fretted on lower frets...same issue as before...

Does this sound like a truss rod issue?
#6
Yeah, sounds like you need to either adjust the truss rod or the micro-tilt. I'd take it to a shop and have it re-looked at.
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#8
There's a little hole in the back of where the neck bolts on to the body, you can do small adjustments to the pitch of the neck with an allen wrench.
-Guitar Gear-
1995 American Fender Strat, EMG 85 pup
Randall RH200 Head
Marshall 1960a Cab
Woods Acoustic
-Bass Gear-
Spector Legend 4 bass
Washburn Bantam bass
Hartke HA2500
Fender Bassman 410H
Play what you love, love what you play