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  1. My 25 year old MIJ Strat is setup the same way and I have never had any neck issues with it.

    I don't play slide exclusively and I am used to heavy strings and high action for standard playing.

    Fender and the dealer I bought the guitar from are being very helpful about this and we are all working together to find the best solution.

    I'm going to have the dealer's tech inspect and setup the guitar and hopefully you guys are right about it just being out of adjustment.

    Thanks again for the replies.

  2. Originally posted by ExtraGum

    Did you ever consider tightening the nut on the rod a bit before throwing the guitar away?

    It seems weird to me that you've decided,
    , that you need a new neck w/o mentioning the status of the truss rod nut. I can only imagine that you have either .08s on this guitar, else you have quite a bit of relief.

    I use 10 - 52 gauge strings on all of my guitars and set the action high enough for aggressive slide playing so the truss rod has been adjusted appropriately.

    On the original neck, the rattle was dependent on the position of the truss rod adjustment and only occurred under string tension. Unfortunately, when the neck relief was set properly it was in the "rattle" range.

    The replacement neck rattles all the time - even if the neck is removed from the guitar.

    Thanks to all who replied.

  3. Last year I bought an American Deluxe 50th Anniversary Stratocaster - a great sounding, very playable guitar with one of the best vibrato systems I have ever used.


    After a couple of months the truss rod started to rattle inside the neck. I brought this to the attention of a Fender rep who promptly arranged for a replacement neck. The new neck was somewhat thinner than the original but it was still very comfortable.


    A couple of months later one of the pickups started cutting out from time to time. Once again, Fender provided a replacement and all was fine.


    Last week I noticed a resonance in the guitar at certain notes. I quickly discovered that the truss rod had come loose in the replacement neck.



    Has anyone else here on the forum had any experience or heard about any problems with this line of guitars?


    I live in a humid environment but my 25 year old MIJ Strat is just fine as are my Gibsons (one old and one new). I am concerned that, even if Fender replaces the guitar, I may have the same problem again.


    Any suggestions?

  4. Most of the time the guitar goes out of tune because the strings get pinched in the nut. Quite often when this happens you will hear a "pinging" sound. A solution is to regularly lubricate the string slots in the nut with graphite or some light machine oil.

    Another cause could be too much string wrapped around the post of the tuning machine. Using the bar loosens the wrap and it may not go back to where it originally was. Make sure there is no more than two turns of string wrapped around the post. Locking tuners work really well.

    PRS proved that, with locking tuners and and a lo-friction nut, you can really push (or pull) the whammy bar and stay in tune.

  5. I bought a new 137 Custom about a year and a half ago. The Custom has Gibson's '57 Pickups and a Varitone Switch.

    After I got the sloppy fretwork cleaned up I can't put the guitar down. The '57 pickups sound great and the Varitone allows them to be thinned out in a very musical way.

    The guitar provides an ultra warm full blown humbucking sound like a Les Paul or 335 and can sound thin like a tele or chunky like a Gretch. It would be great with a modern Fender Twin with the high power clean sound and the super high gain overdrive.

    I use mine with a couple of small tube amps (Champ, Princeton Reverb) and a Yamaha DG80. It has replaced my 335 as my number two. (My number one is still an old strat.)

    My advice would be to find one that sounds acoustically before you plug it in to an amp.

  6. I know you have heard this before but The Tone Is In Your Fingers and it comes from your Heart.


    When I stared out it was a Strat and a Twin with a master volume so I could get lots of distortion. I was heavy into Deep Purple, Hendix and Clapton. It was okay but not great.


    I really discovered tone when I switched to a Gibson ES335 and a smaller Fender tube amp without the master volume - I believe it was a Pro Reverb.


    I could not "dial in" the sound I wanted with the settings on the amp but instead, found myself "willing" the sound I wanted from my fingers. It became my responsibility to find the sound I wanted by the way I played.


    I have a dialup connection so it is taking a while to download the song you posted. If I have any suggestions after I listen I will post them then.


    At this point, I would suggest a guitar that has some tone when played without an amp and a small tube amp and some long nights with your music in a quiet setting where you can really hear the differences in how you play.

  7. For me it was always a road upward. I traded my SG to get a Les Paul. Sold an Ibanez to buy and old ES335.


    After I got married I found a Yamaha Image solid body and was willing to trade my 335 for it. My wife talked me into keeping the 335 and she bought the Yamaha for me. "You're not selling that 335! It sounds too good!"


    In the end, she was right. Years later whenever I play the 335 I am so greatful that she talked me into keeping it.


    A couple of years ago I stumbled across another Gibson that I really liked and traded the Yamaha toward it. Sometimes I get really frustrated with some of the defects in the new Gibson and it makes me regret selling the Yamaha.


    That feeling of regret is amplified by the fact that my wife bought me the guitar. I also remember the first night I played it - I stayed up all night without an amp - and I really miss that.


    I guess that makes me sentimental.

  8. Originally posted by jerry_picker

    For some reason '79's are especially famous for their weight.


    '79 was the year of the 25th aniversary strat - I had one (not the silver one with aniversary written on it but a 3 color sunburst with dark brown instead of black) and it sounded great. They were all very Heavy.


    The problem was the fact that I wanted a 20 year old strat and the '79 was really heavy. In fact, it did not have the "Original Contour Body" decal on it because the cutaways were very slight.


    When the first Japanese Strats came out in the early 80s, I unloded the '79 and bought a '57 reissue Squier Series Fender Stratocaster for half of what I paid for the '79. I still have the Squier and after five re-frets it is still my main guitar. I scraped the finish off the entire guitar and had it refinised with laquer and put Kinman vintage style pickups in it.


    In retrospect, I feel I should have kept the '79 - It was a very good guitar and even had conductive paint in the cavities and the sheilding on the pickguard covered the entire surface. The pickups were very good - the bridge pickup was hotter and was great for tele stuff.


    Now I have a 20 year old strat (my japanese squier) at a time when everyone has some form of '57 reissue and I've seen a few '79s that are now 25 years old and they have held up really well.


    Ritchie Blackmore did a fine job with 70s Stratocasters.

  9. I had lace sensors in a MIJ Strat for about ten years. I liked them because they sounded stratty and did not buzz. I recorded several CDs with them and was quite happy with the sound. It was a little thicker than with the original pickups (like the difference between "telegraph road" and "sultans of swing").


    A couple of years ago I decided to sell the lace sensors to get a set of Kinman vintage style noiseless pickups. It was a considerable improvement and now I have the old strat sound again without the buzz.


    The lace sensors were great at the time because they were closer to the original sound than some of the alternatives such as stacked humbuckers or EMGs. Today, however, I believe there are more traditional sounding alternatives such as Kinmans.


    In your case the Lace Sensor sound may be what you are looking for and there is nothing wrong with that sound.

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