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Ivan Milenkovic
post Nov 3 2008, 11:33 PM
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In the shop you will probably have to pay for a setup, but make sure you tell the guy that you want action lower and no buzzing, and refuse to pay him if he doesn't do that. Carefully play the guitar after setup in the store, and if you don't like it - refuse to pay.


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post Nov 3 2008, 11:35 PM
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Thanks for the extremely fast answer tongue.gif
So I should definetly take it into the shop then, to be safe? I read somewhere that it's only to twist a bolt/screw somewhere on the neck to fix it, but thought I should ask here first..

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post Nov 3 2008, 11:42 PM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Nov 3 2008, 11:29 PM) *
Regarding Strats... I've had a Squier Strat for almost a year now, and it's only after playing my new Schecter that I've noticed that the strings on my Squier is extremely far from the fretboard, and makes it unnessicary harder to play on.. Do anyone know if there is any "Do-it-yourself" way to get them a bit closer, or do I have to take it in to some guitar shop?


Sure, you can lower the action of your strat yourself by lowering the saddles at the bridge. However, in order to set-up the guitar in the most proper way you should also check whether the neck relief is correct (and if not correct it using the truss rod (do this in very small increments). The combination of a right neck relief + right height of the saddles will give you a playable neck (without too much buzzing on certain places as well tongue.gif). You may want to check the nut as well, as that may also be a reason for a high action. Just google on the internet for some guides how to do all the things in more detail (many tutorials available).

You may think after reading this .. damn I don't dare to do this, I will take my guitar to a shop. I was exactly the same with my Ibanez until I got my EJ strat a couple of weeks ago. Since I got that guitar I have changed the neck relief slightly (quite scary to actually remove the neck from the body twice tongue.gif), changed the saddles, changed the pressure of the tremolo, changed the pickup heights. It took me quite a while to get towards the ideal set-up for me, but I think I am almost there at this moment. Most importantly it definitely significantly improved the quality of my new strat and I learned so much by doing everything myself, removing the fear as well.

Anyways, just do whatever you feel comfortable with smile.gif

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post Nov 3 2008, 11:48 PM
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Yeah, I was hoping to do it myself so I could learn a bit about the guitar as I tried. And it's my second guitar, so it's not a crisis if it get's ruined on the way..

I'll look for some of the tutorials on the net, since I don't want to start pulling and poking the wrong things tongue.gif

Thanks for your reply, Velvet ^^


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