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  • How do I get my 57RI Strat to stay in tune better?

    Originally Posted by Darl Bundren


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  • #2
    Block the trem! Unless you're really into yanking on the whammy, this is the simplest step, and it will increase sustain, too. Your Stat will stay in tune if you break a string.

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    • #3
      Block the trem! Unless you're really into yanking on the whammy, this is the simplest step, and it will increase sustain, too. Your Stat will stay in tune if you break a string.


      Won't that change the tone?
      Originally Posted by Darl Bundren


      Sometimes Lego Star Wars is so much like the real world it's eerie.

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      • #4
        Won't that change the tone?


        Not a lot in my mind,you should also make sure there is no binding happening at the nut.
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        • #5
          +1

          Block the trem. The only thing that will happen is that it will sound better (more sustain). You can get different kinds of lube for the nut and saddles and it's a good idea to use it. Most people that have tuning problems think it's the tuners or bad strings - 90% of the time it's the nut is not cut right or you need some kind of lube. It wouldn't hurt to lube the saddles and string trees as well.
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          • #6
            Take it to a reputable Fender dealer and have them cut a new nut and do a setup.

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            • #7
              Block the trem! Unless you're really into yanking on the whammy, this is the simplest step, and it will increase sustain, too. Your Stat will stay in tune if you break a string.


              If you're not a trem guy, this is definitely the second step. The first is to check the nut slots to see if they're properly cut.
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              • #8
                Yup. A setup/nut filing/new nut are the place to start.
                Also the way you're stringing could be influencing your tuning. There are lots of websites in the link thread at the top of the forum that can show you how to string guitars properly.

                If those things work, after that try blocking the trem.
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                • #9
                  do strats with trems still in place just stay in tune badly?
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                  • #10
                    Lubricate the nut slots with graphite or a graphite mix.

                    Also, it is important how you have put the string onto the tuner. They must be properly anchored and have few winds. Maybe you can post a photo of your tuners and the strings are they are now?
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                    • #11
                      Don't play it.

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                      • #12
                        do strats with trems still in place just stay in tune badly?


                        No, not if the nut is cut properly. Tuning problems on a Strat are usually due to either a poorly-cut nut (w/ the strings binding during bends and trem use) or a trem that hasn't been set up. A standard Strat trem isn't going to match a Floyd w/ a locking nut as regards stability, but OTOH, it shouldn't be a constant tuning hassle if it's set up right.
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                        • #13
                          Sometimes strats SEEM to have a tuning or intonation problem when the neck and middle pickups are too high. They're powerful magnets and can make strings wobble funny. That said, I have a tech block the trem and refine the nut whenever I get a strat... Z
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                          • #14
                            have the nut precision cut. add a drop of something like tri flow with teflon in each slot and on the bridge saddles. while add it remove any burrs on the bridge saddles to greatly reduce possible string breakage (very fine sandpaper and or 0000 steel wool is good for that). if the nut is plastic go for bone or graphtech.

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                            • #15
                              also, if you don't already make sure you are installing strings correctly and then do the standard stretch, retune, stretch, retune...

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