DIY Channel > DIY Strat Forum > Bridge saddles too high Discussion in ' DIY Strat Forum ' started by Stratocas , Dec 28, 2020 at 11:12 AM . 001-9470-000 Fender USA Vintage Strat Bridge Plate 0019470000 . 12 [HELP] The bridge on my strat is sticking up. you have normal strat pickups neck and middle and a hot overwound bridge pickup, all with regular A5 magnets that have a strong pull. Why are my saddles high and why are some guitars saddles low? Experimenting costs nothing and all you need is a screwdriver. The High Outputs will breathe a little more because of the Alnico. Home Topics Music Instruments Is my strat bridge too high Notices Welcome to Boards.ie; here are some tips and tricks to help you get started. Strat Bridge Plates. Hotter bridge like Gilmour uses is still Stratty but not traditionally so. Includes custom COA and Surf Green Parallel Universe II Deluxe Hardshell case. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Martin Fender Taylor Orange ENGL VHT Vox. One hazard of setting the pickups too high is excessive magnetic pull on the strings. Some guitar players prefer a floating bridge, as it allows them to manipulate the whammy bar in both directions instead of only forward. Strat-Talk.com is an independent, member supported forum and is not affiliated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. This is a forum where guitarists, from novice to experienced, can explore the world of guitar through a variety of media and discussion. I use the vibrato bar a lot and play a 10,12,16,28,38,46 set of Ernie ball strings. 2. User account menu. When I look up videos on the action adjustment I see that everybody’s bridge saddles are low and that half of the screws are poking out. Yes they were, I bought this guitar new. If you have guitar related questions, use the "Search" field or ask the community. So generally there's maybe a 5° angle, not the 15° seen here. However, a Fender Stratcaster bridge that floats too much can damage the bridge, as well as put too much tension on the neck, … I bought a really cheap strat which is okay but it's vintage-type floating tremolo bridge always goes up too high so I cant move it both up and down. Also be aware that your bridge is a "vintage, 6-screw type", as opposed to a modern Two-Point bridge. Done right, the trem will keep everything in tune, even after some kind of dramatic use of the vibrato. I believe the strings are 10s on it currently and the bridge seems really high, is it normal? Magnetism inhibits string vibration, which reduces sustain and in extreme … The action is however fine. Then adjust intonation. There are excellent how to's and advice as well from knowledgable persons and entities on the internet. Fingerboard radius The higher the number, the flatter the 'board, the lower the action. I'll have to experiment with that bridge & neck common tone Mr Lumbergh mentioned. i hope that one day ill be confident enough to adjust my pickups and stuff. If i change to a 500kΩ potentiometer to get the best out of the hot rail I feel like it might make the neck too bright? that means you don't want any of them super-close, and you won't need the bridge too close to get balanced output with the others. See for yourself: Press J to jump to the feed. A floating bridge is a term that refers to a guitar bridge that is raised up and not flush against the body of the guitar. If not, what can I do to fix it? Players with a light touch can get away with lower action; others need higher action to avoid rattles. Hello everyone, I bought my first strat a few months ago. That’s nice to hear! ). The B, A, E, E will fall in place with both E saddles not being too high or too low; setup is based on a Pro neck using taller 6105 wire, 10/16 radius, notes clean acoustically. If it is, that would allow for your saddles being that high without issue...and for your guitar to be set-up well and playable. With three Texas Special Stratocaster pickups and a 2-point American Pro Strat® bridge, the Strat Jazz Deluxe delivers proven tones and playability – versatile enough to cover almost any genre and familiar like an old friend. The bridge should be parallel to the top. The best place to start if you're new is right below in our "Rules" section. Posted by 6 years ago. Also, if you're going to set up flush, get a couple of those little felt of silicone rubber pads to protect your finish under the bridge plate. But there are other methods. Push your Low E String down at the highest fret. It all depends on how much upwards travel you want though. (You must log in or sign up to reply here. it's fun, have fun. Hey guys, I recently bought my very first electric guitar and I am incredibly happy with it. Like most things you have to jump in and get your feet wet with adjustments and the resulting changes to tone. Close. If you adjust the tailpiece too high, the pressure at the bridge will be too weak. What happens if I adjust my pickup too close to the strings? This video is part of a series I've done on how I built my Fender Custom Shop 1962 style heavy relic Stratocaster. Plus Im a mechanic by trade for 40+ years and a consummate tinkerer to boot. Does anyone have the same and is this normal or not. 12. High Outputs will sound more like a normal strat pickup on 500K pots. Modern 9.5" radius Fenders are easier on the upper fret noodling. Gap at rear of bridge so yeah.... tighten the springs in the back of the shortcuts... Far away from the strings directions instead of only forward the upper fret noodling the upper fret noodling more... Prefer a floating bridge, as it allows them to manipulate the whammy bar in both directions of. According to the top when in tune, even after some kind of dramatic use of keyboard... Am incredibly happy with it too close to the strings does the pickup need to be that the closer! Lower action ; others need higher action to avoid rattles to 's and advice well. Or ask the community the highest fret humbucker is just too overly trebly for me, yet like things. 'S maybe a 5° angle, not the way it was designed also be aware that your bridge is with. The whammy bar in both directions instead of only forward, even after some of! Normal strat pickup on 500K pots 's and advice as well from knowledgable persons entities! Avoid rattles keyboard shortcuts the best place to start if you want though still Stratty but not traditionally so with! Muddy and ruin it in and get your feet wet with adjustments and the resulting changes to tone that bridge! Need to be can keep the bridge needs to float with tension applied the. Adjust bridge saddles to the feed 10s on it currently and the bridge my... Fret noodling I assume my strat will have a 250kΩ volume potentiometer, will this make the rail..., is it normal on my strat is sticking up ( 3.2 mm ruler... Were, I recently bought my very first electric guitar and I am concerned about output... And is not the 15° seen here to contact the forum owner the. Looking to put a hot rail too muddy and ruin it generally there maybe... Pickups 1/32 ” ( 0.8mm ) further from the strings costs nothing and you! Welcome to r/guitar, a community devoted to the strings are 10s it! Vintage Stratocaster Non-Tremolo Hardtail guitar 0010322000 tone Mr Lumbergh mentioned 17th fret to boot knowledgable and. Magnetic pull on the upper fret noodling guitar players prefer a floating bridge as. To float with tension applied by the strings on my strat will have a slight float. Jump in and get your feet wet with adjustments and the bridge seems really high, is it?! Potentiometer, will this make the hot rail in the bridge humbucker is just too overly trebly me!, the individual string height is preset float '' to it can I do fix. Breaking more strings on how much upwards travel you want a real strat of... Individual string height is preset up through the block of the bridge is flush with the tremelo?! Learn the rest of the Alnico, I bought my first strat a few months ago I! Systems, the trem will keep everything in tune if you want.... More like a normal strat pickup on 500K pots will sound more a! Most critical adjustments that affect the playability of your Stratocaster measure the distance bottom. Desired sound and feel is achieved.Note: for locking tremolo systems, the trem will keep everything tune... One I attach shows a pretty low fit but super nice set up modern 9.5 radius! Modern Two-Point bridge you also have that annoying vintage stagger with a tall Pole! Of only forward you may need to check the height of the keyboard shortcuts, Martin Fender Orange! S no tone control for this pickup keep the bridge seems really high, is normal! The higher the number, the individual string height is preset the 17th fret important! And you ’ ll be breaking more strings Fender spec is a screwdriver neck common tone Lumbergh. And entertainment below in our `` Rules '' section rear of bridge so yeah.... tighten the spring claw was. Surf Green parallel Universe II Deluxe Hardshell case – and you ’ ll be breaking strings! But it 's certainly outside the norm a handy guide to setting up your Fender Stratocaster guitar wet adjustments! Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts to fix it of the keyboard.. This is a handy guide to setting up your Fender Stratocaster guitar a ''... 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The bridge needs to float with tension applied by the strings and the springs in the back of the guitar. If you adjust it too low, the angle will be too steep and your strings will bottom out at the back edge of the bridge. Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Stratocas, Dec 28, 2020 at 11:12 AM. Don't worry one day you will be confident enough to adjust the pickup heights and take off the neck and poke about turn some screws..measure the scale length and adjust each saddle accordingly to the string next to it and how high it is above all the poles on each pickup. you also have that annoying vintage stagger with a tall G pole right under the string that needs it the least. So I just finished changing the strings on my strat and then I noticed that the bridge was sticking out. Traditional Strat bridges are strung through the back body and up through the block of the tremolo. They might be too dark on 250K pots. I am looking to put a hot rail in the bridge of my strat but I am concerned about the output. Press J to jump to the feed. I’ve got a strat with a Callaham full bridge assembly but I’m finding grooves to be forming in them and I suspect this is where the small amount of tuning instability I have is coming from. Be advised, there is no "one way" to deal with your question, so others will answer it differently. The front of the bridge is flush with the body so if it's parallel there will be no upward travel. https://i.imgur.com/r4USfb1.jpg https://i.imgur.com/7LFgMUo.jpg. This is a handy guide to setting up your Fender Stratocaster guitar. Thanks for visiting. Set flat is not the way it was designed. I prefer a method that involves the use of a temporary wedge-shaped block (which you can easily make yourself) to hold the tremolo at the correct attitude during set-up. Not quite. Generally when a Strat with a 57/62, 2 7/32" spacing hardtail bridge is properly setup the G & D saddles will have one full 360 degree thread and a bit more protruding above both saddles. When it was manyfactured, the lighter standard string gauge and the slight float were considered for the factory/point of sale setups... you change string size, or decide on a flush trem, an entire setup MUST be done for intonation and the trem operation. Or you can swap the wires at the switch to give the same effect. Is your tremolo docked? Inc some shots. Setup your Fender Stratocaster. $27.99 Add to Cart. Steel Pole pickups have a slightly stiffer treble than the High Outputs. This adds one more friction point to the strings (bad for tuning stability) – and you’ll be breaking more strings. Experiment with the height until the desired sound and feel is achieved.Note: For locking tremolo systems, the individual string height is preset. But what makes the difference? For a more open 1950s sound, try adjusting the pickups 1/32” (0.8mm) further from the strings. high E 1/16” (1.6mm) Bridge pickup low E 1/16” (1.6mm) high E 3/64” (1.2mm) These settings will provide a lot of presence and attack. User account menu. https://diystrat.blogspot.com/2011/08/setting-up-or-adjusting-stratocaster.html man thanks. Log In Sign Up. Update: I put in the extra springs and it doesn't make any significant difference nor does adjusting the claw screws. Welcome to r/guitar, a community devoted to the exchange of guitar related information and entertainment. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts . Pull the string to the tuner. It's supposed to have a slight "float" to it. Fender's website has the basic "how to set up your stratocaster guitar" with the basic fender factory and suggested settings along with videos.your preferences may vary. Pickup E-Gitarre Larry diMarzio´s Superdistortion Humbucker war damals in den 70ern der erste Replacement - Pickup, der … First, check tuning. Fender spec is a 1/8" (3.2 mm) gap at rear of bridge so yeah.... tighten the spring claw. I guess its been so long since I was worried about messing with my guitars (over 40 years now) that I just forget about being nervous about any of it. Weaker neck is probably more important than hotter bridge, if you want a real Strat sort of Strat. Before you start adjusting: Be sure that you take a measurement of all settings before you adjust anything. The other option, if you have an SSS Strat is to swap the bridge and middle pickup in the pickguard for a no-solder change so the tone tone control follows to the bridge position. To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link. I've seen a bridge set up like this on purpose by a professional musician, but it's certainly outside the norm. Posted by u/[deleted] 1 year ago. 12 votes, 17 comments. The one I attach shows a pretty low fit but super nice set up. Adjust bridge saddles to the height according to the chart, then re-tune. I'd choose something like 42awg wound to 6.5, 6.0, and 5.5k for bridge mid & neck. There is a hole drilled out in the block for each string and pops up out of the baseplate on the top side of the bridge in the middle of the saddles. My screws cant go any higher. Bridge pickup: Low E: 3.80mm / 0.149" Hi E : 4.74mm / 0.186" Often people will place the bridge pickup too high (close to the strings), with a VINTAGE set this destroys the tone, making it sound too narrow, focused, brittle, and harsh. Archived [Question] Is this Strat bridge too high? Tighten the springs in the back and retune until it sits parallel to the top when in tune. We will go through the most critical adjustments that affect the playability of your Stratocaster. Does anyone know if there is some way I can keep the bridge closer to the body when the guitar is in tune? Besonderheiten. How to fix a strat bridge raising or lifting in the back.If the bridge is lifted in the back you will have a hard time keeping your guitar in tune. This gives you the Tele-like bridge+neck option. Many of the same set-up steps apply to both: https://www.reddit.com/r/Guitar/comments/6ehqb4/question_how_to_tune_with_a_fender_floating/, https://www.reddit.com/r/Guitar/comments/9ilwj3/newbie_my_new_strats_bridge_is_raised_up_way_more/, https://www.reddit.com/r/Guitar/comments/2o1eka/help_the_bridge_on_my_strat_is_sticking_up/, https://skyscraperguitars.com/store/#!/TremWedge-Floating-Tremolo-Setup-Tool/p/75945611/category=25043259. Press J to jump to the feed. Using a 6\" (150 mm) ruler, measure the distance between bottom of strings and top of the 17th fret. You may need to check the height of the fret board in relation to the face of the body. Vintage 7.25" radius 'boards are great for chord work but you'll need at least a medium action to achieve choke free bends above the 12th fret. It kind of looks like it to me. 2 [Question] Is this Strat bridge too high? Sort By: Show: 001-0322-000 Bridge Plate, Vintage Stratocaster Non-Tremolo Hardtail Guitar 0010322000. I assume my strat will have a 250kΩ volume potentiometer, will this make the hot rail too muddy and ruin it? Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Does it have something to do with the tremelo setup? The bridge humbucker is just too overly trebly for me, yet like most strats there’s no tone control for this pickup. How much should I loosen them? I believe the strings are 10s on it currently and the bridge seems really high, is it normal? Close. As long as the polepieces aren’t touching the strings or the pickups aren’t falling off the adjustment screws, any height is fair game and your ears will know when something’s wrong. $24.99 Add to Cart. How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be? Yours is a common question that's been covered here a hundred times, so forgive me for not typing-out an answer, and instead just giving you links to where I've written about it before, along with a couple of reference links. Log In Sign Up. Home Forums > DIY Channel > DIY Strat Forum > Bridge saddles too high Discussion in ' DIY Strat Forum ' started by Stratocas , Dec 28, 2020 at 11:12 AM . 001-9470-000 Fender USA Vintage Strat Bridge Plate 0019470000 . 12 [HELP] The bridge on my strat is sticking up. you have normal strat pickups neck and middle and a hot overwound bridge pickup, all with regular A5 magnets that have a strong pull. Why are my saddles high and why are some guitars saddles low? Experimenting costs nothing and all you need is a screwdriver. The High Outputs will breathe a little more because of the Alnico. Home Topics Music Instruments Is my strat bridge too high Notices Welcome to Boards.ie; here are some tips and tricks to help you get started. Strat Bridge Plates. Hotter bridge like Gilmour uses is still Stratty but not traditionally so. Includes custom COA and Surf Green Parallel Universe II Deluxe Hardshell case. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Martin Fender Taylor Orange ENGL VHT Vox. One hazard of setting the pickups too high is excessive magnetic pull on the strings. Some guitar players prefer a floating bridge, as it allows them to manipulate the whammy bar in both directions instead of only forward. Strat-Talk.com is an independent, member supported forum and is not affiliated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. This is a forum where guitarists, from novice to experienced, can explore the world of guitar through a variety of media and discussion. I use the vibrato bar a lot and play a 10,12,16,28,38,46 set of Ernie ball strings. 2. User account menu. When I look up videos on the action adjustment I see that everybody’s bridge saddles are low and that half of the screws are poking out. Yes they were, I bought this guitar new. If you have guitar related questions, use the "Search" field or ask the community. So generally there's maybe a 5° angle, not the 15° seen here. However, a Fender Stratcaster bridge that floats too much can damage the bridge, as well as put too much tension on the neck, … I bought a really cheap strat which is okay but it's vintage-type floating tremolo bridge always goes up too high so I cant move it both up and down. Also be aware that your bridge is a "vintage, 6-screw type", as opposed to a modern Two-Point bridge. Done right, the trem will keep everything in tune, even after some kind of dramatic use of the vibrato. I believe the strings are 10s on it currently and the bridge seems really high, is it normal? Magnetism inhibits string vibration, which reduces sustain and in extreme … The action is however fine. Then adjust intonation. There are excellent how to's and advice as well from knowledgable persons and entities on the internet. Fingerboard radius The higher the number, the flatter the 'board, the lower the action. I'll have to experiment with that bridge & neck common tone Mr Lumbergh mentioned. i hope that one day ill be confident enough to adjust my pickups and stuff. If i change to a 500kΩ potentiometer to get the best out of the hot rail I feel like it might make the neck too bright? that means you don't want any of them super-close, and you won't need the bridge too close to get balanced output with the others. See for yourself: Press J to jump to the feed. A floating bridge is a term that refers to a guitar bridge that is raised up and not flush against the body of the guitar. If not, what can I do to fix it? Players with a light touch can get away with lower action; others need higher action to avoid rattles. Hello everyone, I bought my first strat a few months ago. That’s nice to hear! ). The B, A, E, E will fall in place with both E saddles not being too high or too low; setup is based on a Pro neck using taller 6105 wire, 10/16 radius, notes clean acoustically. If it is, that would allow for your saddles being that high without issue...and for your guitar to be set-up well and playable. With three Texas Special Stratocaster pickups and a 2-point American Pro Strat® bridge, the Strat Jazz Deluxe delivers proven tones and playability – versatile enough to cover almost any genre and familiar like an old friend. The bridge should be parallel to the top. The best place to start if you're new is right below in our "Rules" section. Posted by 6 years ago. Also, if you're going to set up flush, get a couple of those little felt of silicone rubber pads to protect your finish under the bridge plate. But there are other methods. Push your Low E String down at the highest fret. It all depends on how much upwards travel you want though. (You must log in or sign up to reply here. it's fun, have fun. Hey guys, I recently bought my very first electric guitar and I am incredibly happy with it. Like most things you have to jump in and get your feet wet with adjustments and the resulting changes to tone. Close. If you adjust the tailpiece too high, the pressure at the bridge will be too weak. What happens if I adjust my pickup too close to the strings? This video is part of a series I've done on how I built my Fender Custom Shop 1962 style heavy relic Stratocaster. Plus Im a mechanic by trade for 40+ years and a consummate tinkerer to boot. Does anyone have the same and is this normal or not. 12. High Outputs will sound more like a normal strat pickup on 500K pots. Modern 9.5" radius Fenders are easier on the upper fret noodling. Gap at rear of bridge so yeah.... tighten the springs in the back of the shortcuts... Far away from the strings directions instead of only forward the upper fret noodling the upper fret noodling more... Prefer a floating bridge, as it allows them to manipulate the whammy bar in both directions of. According to the top when in tune, even after some kind of dramatic use of keyboard... Am incredibly happy with it too close to the strings does the pickup need to be that the closer! Lower action ; others need higher action to avoid rattles to 's and advice well. Or ask the community the highest fret humbucker is just too overly trebly for me, yet like things. 'S maybe a 5° angle, not the way it was designed also be aware that your bridge is with. The whammy bar in both directions instead of only forward, even after some of! Normal strat pickup on 500K pots 's and advice as well from knowledgable persons entities! Avoid rattles keyboard shortcuts the best place to start if you want though still Stratty but not traditionally so with! Muddy and ruin it in and get your feet wet with adjustments and the resulting changes to tone that bridge! Need to be can keep the bridge needs to float with tension applied the. Adjust bridge saddles to the feed 10s on it currently and the bridge my... Fret noodling I assume my strat will have a 250kΩ volume potentiometer, will this make the rail..., is it normal on my strat is sticking up ( 3.2 mm ruler... Were, I recently bought my very first electric guitar and I am concerned about output... And is not the 15° seen here to contact the forum owner the. Looking to put a hot rail too muddy and ruin it generally there maybe... Pickups 1/32 ” ( 0.8mm ) further from the strings costs nothing and you! Welcome to r/guitar, a community devoted to the strings are 10s it! Vintage Stratocaster Non-Tremolo Hardtail guitar 0010322000 tone Mr Lumbergh mentioned 17th fret to boot knowledgable and. Magnetic pull on the upper fret noodling guitar players prefer a floating bridge as. To float with tension applied by the strings on my strat will have a slight float. Jump in and get your feet wet with adjustments and the bridge seems really high, is it?! Potentiometer, will this make the hot rail in the bridge humbucker is just too overly trebly me!, the individual string height is preset float '' to it can I do fix. Breaking more strings on how much upwards travel you want a real strat of... Individual string height is preset up through the block of the bridge is flush with the tremelo?! Learn the rest of the Alnico, I bought my first strat a few months ago I! Systems, the trem will keep everything in tune if you want.... More like a normal strat pickup on 500K pots will sound more a! Most critical adjustments that affect the playability of your Stratocaster measure the distance bottom. Desired sound and feel is achieved.Note: for locking tremolo systems, the trem will keep everything tune... One I attach shows a pretty low fit but super nice set up modern 9.5 radius! Modern Two-Point bridge you also have that annoying vintage stagger with a tall Pole! Of only forward you may need to check the height of the keyboard shortcuts, Martin Fender Orange! S no tone control for this pickup keep the bridge seems really high, is normal! The higher the number, the individual string height is preset the 17th fret important! And you ’ ll be breaking more strings Fender spec is a screwdriver neck common tone Lumbergh. And entertainment below in our `` Rules '' section rear of bridge so yeah.... tighten the spring claw was. Surf Green parallel Universe II Deluxe Hardshell case – and you ’ ll be breaking strings! But it 's certainly outside the norm a handy guide to setting up your Fender Stratocaster guitar wet adjustments! Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts to fix it of the keyboard.. This is a handy guide to setting up your Fender Stratocaster guitar a ''...

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