Classic 50 Strat - Notes unsteady

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  1. rjs6700

    rjs6700 Member

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    This is really hard to describe but...

    I just got a Classic 50 strat that I bought on the 'bay and some of the notes sound unsteady or warbly or have their own very small vibrato.

    The bridge is flat against the body and everything looks solid, any suggestions?

    I've tried other guitars and they're ok so its not the amp.
     
  2. frank62

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    Put on a new set of strings and adjust the pups. They are too close to the strings.
     
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    Absolutely correct. New strings are in order as well as lowering the pickups slightly. There's no exact measurement for pickup height per se, just lower them slightly until the oscillations go away. In many cases, lowering just the bass side of the pickup will do the trick, just be sure your ears are happy with the string balance and tone.
     
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    Thanks for the tips....looks like new stings and a full set are in order tonight!
     
  5. frank62

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    The Classic 50s is a fine Stratocaster. Let us know the results of the the adjustments. Many nice Strats are overlooked simply because the pups are not adjusted properly.
     
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    Well new stings are on and I've adjusted the pickups slightly lower than the Fender guidelines and I still hear it a little.

    I know that everyone will say adjust the pickups by ear...but should I keep going lower?

    I love how this guitar feels and I want to get it right so I can play it!
     
  7. rjs6700

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    Got It!

    In all the excitement of New Guitar Day I was measuring incorrectly and now its all good. Tone got much better also.

    Thanks again.
     

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