06-24-2013 01:36 PM
I'm totally blown away by the tone of my new CIJ strat. Can the use of the micro-tilt on my MIA strats explain why they sound duller?
06-24-2013 01:53 PM
06-24-2013 06:55 PM
I'm a little suspicious of the microtilt since the days of the Peavey T-15 and a neck that would shift with its use. Therefore I've never used it. I guess I'm fortunate in that the only Strat that I have with it, an 89 American Standard, dialed in really well without using it or a shim. I have shims in my two MIMs (93 and 98) but have also done the quarter-turn loosening and retightening on all my bolt-ons to get the best sound possible.
I should mention something else that contributed greatly to the loss of sustain, tone and harmonics on my 89 Strat when I originally bought it. Initially, I was losing sustain on bends in the upper register and notes higher up the neck sometimes sounded a little dead. The problem was that the guy that had it before was very busy gigging professional and had installed the worst trem-block (for tone transference) I'd ever seen. It was a combination of a lot of electricians' tape on two sides of a very light and porous ply-type wood block. When I got that out of the cavity and scrubbed the block of all that sticky goo, the guitar really came alive.
06-24-2013 10:41 PM - edited 06-24-2013 10:42 PM
Micro-tilt on a guitar is similar to having it on your pinball machine. Too fine (micro) an adjustment and it's "tilt, game over".
06-24-2013 10:54 PM - edited 06-24-2013 10:56 PM
I'm not sure as I've never had to use mine, however, all of my shimmed guitars have not suffered whatsoever. My MIM strat body is shimmed on the base and sides and is my best sustaining guitar, was before, still is after shim.
It's surprised me as everyone is always carrying on about tight neck pockets. To be honest, I don't that matters either. Four bolts secured well is all you need, or so I've experienced.
06-25-2013 01:08 AM
06-25-2013 12:52 PM
06-25-2013 05:15 PM
If the guitar is built right to begin with , there is no need for it. Right?or am I missing something?
06-27-2013 10:12 AM
Yes the microtilt thing when used removes the neck from its fully seated in neck pocket. Terrible invention that just makes for poor neck joints imo.
06-27-2013 01:08 PM - edited 06-27-2013 01:08 PM
I have a hunch that the very high-mass trem block in my CIJ strat accounts for its deeper bass and longer sustain than on my MIA strats. I've done a new set up of the American one without the micro-tilt and the Japanse 57RI is still miles ahead. The American Series Strat sounds nice and tight but has less balls and piano-like tone to it... That CIJ strat may not be the best strat for everything but it seems quite exceptional to me and certainly is a blues/power funk gem.
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