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    Read some articles. It's one of those things that people have a difference of opinion about. I used the guidelines of a guitar set-up tech but I didn't have a measuring device with 64ths so I winged it with 16ths. Man it sounds so much better on the single coils. Much more Straty sounding.
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    Did you raise or lower them? Set to what distance beneath the strings?
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      Originally posted by spacecommando View Post
      Read some articles. It's one of those things that people have a difference of opinion about. I used the guidelines of a guitar set-up tech but I didn't have a measuring device with 64ths so I winged it with 16ths. Man it sounds so much better on the single coils. Much more Straty sounding.
      All my strats sound pretty much strat like. Even the strat I have with Lace Sensors.


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        Raised them. High E side - low E side bridge: 2/64, 3/64, middle 3/64, 4/64, neck 3/64, 4/64. Like I said I didn't have a proper measuring device so I faked it off of 16ths, 4/64 = 1/16s. I got to sound more like bell tones. The bridge humbucker isn't perfect yet. It wobbles if you poke it.
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          Originally posted by spacecommando View Post
          Raised them. High E side - low E side bridge: 2/64, 3/64, middle 3/64, 4/64, neck 3/64, 4/64. Like I said I didn't have a proper measuring device so I faked it off of 16ths, 4/64 = 1/16s. I got to sound more like bell tones. The bridge humbucker isn't perfect yet. It wobbles if you poke it.
          Stop poking at it.
          I hear about folks that put a humbucker in a strat. Taint right I tell ya.

          What are you running that guitar through?
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              Originally posted by spacecommando View Post
              nice

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                Originally posted by spacecommando View Post
                Read some articles. It's one of those things that people have a difference of opinion about. I used the guidelines of a guitar set-up tech but I didn't have a measuring device with 64ths so I winged it with 16ths. Man it sounds so much better on the single coils. Much more Straty sounding.
                I use drill bits for that. They come in enough sizes you can usually find something close enough, within 1/32". Easier than using feeler gauges. When I owned a Strat I set the pickups as low as I could get away with. It helped eliminate Stratitis and made the guitar easier to tune.
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                  Years ago before the interwebz and before I had the Dan Erliwine book, I marked out my own little measuring device and took it in a music store that sold Fenders and was know for having everything set up right . I measured several AmStand Strats when nobody was looking ...without even taking them off the hangers.
                  It's not about money or popularity , although some money would be nice.

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                      Originally posted by DeepEnd View Post
                      I use drill bits for that. They come in enough sizes you can usually find something close enough, within 1/32". Easier than using feeler gauges. When I owned a Strat I set the pickups as low as I could get away with. It helped eliminate Stratitis and made the guitar easier to tune.
                      Wait. Spacey said that he raised the pickups and it made it "Much more Straty sounding." You lowered the pickups to eliminate "Stratitis." What's going on here? Should a Strat sound like a Strat, or not?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by isaac42 View Post

                        Wait. Spacey said that he raised the pickups and it made it "Much more Straty sounding." You lowered the pickups to eliminate "Stratitis." What's going on here? Should a Strat sound like a Strat, or not?
                        "Stratitis" occurs when pickups are too close to the strings and set up a feedback loop. The magnets are actually acting on the moving string---not just sensing it, but actually causing oscillations. AKA "wolf tones".

                        Conversely, when pickups are too far from the strings, they don't get a good "read", and the tone can be thin and wimpy.

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                          Truth....Careful...People might figure out you're smarter than you let on. Your secret is safe with me....Don't let Corny figure it out though

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                          Didjoo just call me stoopid?

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                        The Strat is a geetar with limited sounds and should be thrown into the chipper.

                        So just get a Line6 Variax and be done with it.
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                          The Redneck Strat Vengeance Drone has been deployed. Nice knowing you though....

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                        Originally posted by spacecommando View Post
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                        Originally posted by MrKnobs
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                          Originally posted by Danocoustic View Post
                          "Stratitis" occurs when pickups are too close to the strings and set up a feedback loop. The magnets are actually acting on the moving string---not just sensing it, but actually causing oscillations. AKA "wolf tones". . . .
                          Close. "Stratitis" happens when the pickup magnet pulls on the string hard enough to affect the pitch. I'm a lifelong acoustic guy and my Fernandes Strat was a rude awakening. I had it set up to Fender specs and I still had to deal with what appeared to be poor intonation. A little research and lowering the pickups minimized the problem. Turns out it's much more common than you'd think. For whatever reason, it doesn't happen with humbuckers, only single coils.
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