How I Work on Stratocaster Electronics Without Removing The Strings

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  1. teefus

    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    yes, this.
     
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  2. gonzoknife

    gonzoknife Member

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    I’m be done this and will again if the need arises but most of the time it’s worth the price of a set of strings to avoid taking the neck off.
     
  3. rockon1

    rockon1 Member

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    Do that same thing all the time. Why lose a new set of strings to tweak a guitar if you dont have to. Yeah if they are old , sure. Often just when I think Ive got it just the way i want, oops, I have to go back in.
     
  4. Guppie

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    Why not? Removing and reattaching a neck isn't rocket science. The screw holes won't wear out if you know what you are doing. This is my project guitar which I keep tweaking and modding.
     
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  5. Guppie

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    The neck comes off and on real easy if you know what you are doing. Why should I need to intonate after reattaching the neck? It's snug in the neck pocket.
     
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  6. Guppie

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    Not true if the pocket is from quality wood, use the right screws and know how to let the screw find the original thread. It's not a biggy
     
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  7. blondestrat

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    I take the strings off the tuners then put them back on. With split shaft tuners this works great.
    Rarely the old strings will cause problems.
    An electronics job should never mess with the setup.
    Removing the neck can mess with the setup, why bother having to fine tune the neck alignment and setup? The setuo can change slightly. Unless you have stee threaded inserts for the neck holes.
    And yes I understand removing and reinstalling a neck is easy. I also understand and know the setup may change.
     
  8. Guppie

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    Wow! I was just sharing a tip. I didn't anticipate on the panic and disbelief.
     
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    Because you are screwing into wood. The first time it threads in will be the tightest and most bite from the wood screws. The more times you remove the screws the more worn the wood will get....
     
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    rickcard71 Supporting Member

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    Are they new strings? I would just put new strings on.
     
  11. big mike

    big mike David Grissom Wannabee Gold Supporting Member

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    Talking about abusing the holes in the neck

    agree to disagree. I’ll burn strings thanks
     
  12. ucnick

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    Amazing, ain't it?
    No good deed goes unpunished. :hide
     
  13. Chuckracer

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    This is exactly what I do. Unless the strings are shot, loosen, capo and pop the neck. If you want to get the pickguard off a 22 fret Strat, it's far easier to pop the neck and am not going to putz around with trying to put used strings back on. I did enough of that crap in my starving artist days.
     
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  14. FelixV

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    i've never thought of doing something like this, very cool!
     
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  15. dumbell78

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    I did the same couple weeks back to adjust my pot heights, its an easy quick method. I had just put on new strings and wasn't going to waste another pack. This works as noted.
     
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    I tape across the nut and then again further down the neck. Saved a ton of strings that way.
     
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  17. grritz

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    For me, no set of strings (even relatively new!) is worth removing the neck and risking set-up/structural problems. Seems to me this is a false economy.
     
  18. slowerhand

    slowerhand Supporting Member

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    No need for such extreme measures. I snip the strings and superglue them back together once I'm done. Saves me a lot of time since I'm a tech.
     
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    I use a 1" piece of wooden dowel to hold the loosened strings up and out of the way at about the 16th fret. Whole guard assembly will slide right out for work needed.
     
  20. wetordry

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    I cut the strings and i'm there.
     
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