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Preferred Strat action height

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by CyberFerret, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. CyberFerret

    CyberFerret Member

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    Hi all,

    I am in the process of tweaking my Strat's neck relief and string height again to see if I can find a nice sweet spot.

    Just wondering what everyone else has their string height at the 12th fret and/or the 21st fret for their Strats?

    Thanks!
     
  2. /13guitarman

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    strings 1-4 5/64" clearance at the 12 th fret
    strings 5-6 3/32" clearance at the 12th fret

    Just a standard Fender recommendation. Works for me. Not saying you have to use these measurements but a good starting point.
     
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  3. mike shaw

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    I set all my guitars for 1/16" (4/64ths) at the 12th fret.
     
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  4. SonicBlue61

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    .008" relief

    5/64 bass side, 4/64 treble side measured at the 17th fret.

    This is on a 7 1/4" radius neck
     
  5. gigs

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    High with big frets. How high? I dunno, high enough that they don't jangle when i play them hard.
     
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    I have 3/32" all the way across. I consider this medium high but prefer it as I play a lot of slide in standard tuning on my strat.
     
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    This...+1!!!
     
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  8. stratmaniac

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    I'm currently liking this too. I used to keep things a little higher, actually.
     
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    works for me. Got something close to this from the Erlewine book but I think he was using Fenders numbers for a 7.25 rad neck
     
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    I don't really measure it but I like pretty medium action with modern tall frets (like 6105's) but I'll raise it up a bit higher with small vintage frets so I can get under it for bending.

    I can also deal with a little buzz but not if I can hear it through the amp.
     
  11. Mantras

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    hi
    Low E and A =2.38 millimeter
    and the other strings -> 1.9millimeter
    it's right the conversion?
    i haven't found on fender recommandation webpage

    i have all my strings at 1.75mm at 17 fret , fluttutant bridge 6 screws setup ,9.5" radius
    but the high E it's hard to bend
    does a fixed bridge or an higher action help to bend the high E?
    thanks
     
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  12. /13guitarman

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    A floating bridge makes it easier to bend because it gives the strings some give. Higher action makes it harder to bend because it provides more string tension but if your guitar has a small radius neck (7 1/2 radius) bending the strings can choke out. Thats why you may need to raise the action. Tuning down a 1/2 step or getting a lighter string gauge will help with string bending also. 9 1/12 radius is not small by the way its pretty standard.
     
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  13. Mantras

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    Hi
    i have a 9.5" radius , i have 1.75mm at 17th fret and bending the high E at 15 fret or at 17 it's harder then G or B on the same fret
    about 1.75mm or 1.9mm @ 17th fret does it make different?
    I use original springs , do you use original springs , i have found other springs (other brands for floyd rose) that seem work better
    I use 46-10 strings

    thanks for the information , i have always thought the contrary ,seeing on telecaster the high E is more soft to bend

    thanks a lot ,sorry for my poor english
     
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  14. /13guitarman

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    1.75mm at the 17th fret is pretty low action for me. But the lower the action the easier it should be to bend. Something doesn't make sense. How is the neck relief? It sounds like you can go with lighter strings but the E string should not be harder to bend than the G string or B string at the same fret. Sounds like you need to take it to someone to get it looked at.
     
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  15. Mantras

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    hi
    about the neck relief should be perfect because i have let a lutist to fix the nec with the truss rod
    my high E is now stiffer to bend , but i bend at 12th and above
    i could increase the height because it's the only thing i did (lower the high E height ,maybe it's too much)
    thanks
     
  16. Ayrton

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    I like very little relief, and then set the strings around .070" at the 12th.
     
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  17. Mantras

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    Hi
    .070" are 1.778mm it's not very little relief at 12th
    it should be 1mm at 10th
    thanks
     
  18. cardinal

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    Man the one I just got, I have the action so that I can just see the 1mm line below the string at the 21st fret. Practically no relief. But I like it really low, and thankfully @B. Howard builds stuff with amazing fretwork to let it happen.
     
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  19. Mantras

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    hi
    may i know what it it b.joward builds?
    thanks
     
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  20. Gevalt

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    4/32" to 3/32" E to e

    Low action sounds like two coat hangers having sex
     
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