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Fender Strat Plus - could owners help with some questions please?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by 21tones, May 16, 2011.

  1. 21tones

    21tones Member

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    I'v ejust bought a 1993 Strat Plus after reading a thread on the general guitars forum and it reminding me what good guitars they are! I bought it sight unseen and need to set it up to my preference.
    I wonder if owners can help me with the following questions.

    1. The bridge saddle screws seem to be rusted in, and have lost their heads so I can't remove them. Any ideas on how to get them out, or will I need to buy replacement American Standard bridge saddles? I want to lower the action significantly but am stuck until I can move the saddle screws.
    2. The top E string doesn't sound as loud as other strings even with pickups adjusted to be higher on that side. Is there anything I can do about this or is it just a reflection of the lace sensors?
    3. Should the trem allow 3 semitones of upbend on the G string? At present it only allows 2 semitones.

    Thanks in anticipation of your help
     
  2. nateclark

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    You can soak metal saddles in a bath of naptha with a few drops of sewing machine oil. If they're not really bad, that's usually enough to free them up.

    Here's how I set up a strat.
     
  3. rabbuhl

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  4. 21tones

    21tones Member

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    Thanks for your responses - very helpful.
    I should have said I am in the UK so would probably find it cheaper to buy parts here.
     

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