#6. the usual setup i do is .010 relief at the 8th fret, when capoed at the first and fretted at the 17th. with a Les Paul type bridge, the two thumbwheels are used, again, try to keep pretty much the same height on all the strings. the same height for each, with variances made for the differing thickness of the strings. Start by pressing the Low E String (Bass Side) down at the highest fret, and hold it while you measure. These measurements make a very good starting point for any Strat with standard Strat single-coils: Bridge pickup • Low-E string: 2.5 mm/0.0984" • High-E string: 2.0 mm/0.0787" Middle pickup • Low-E string: 3.0 mm/0.1181" • High-E string: 2.5 mm/0.0984" Neck pickup String Action at Nut. The fingerboard radius and, to a lesser extent, the condition of the frets determine how low the action can go. Fender recommends that on a vintage style neck with a 7.25†radius, the bass strings should be 2mm off the neck (about 5/64 inch) and the treble strings 1.6mm (about 4/64 inch). You have to set relief first to .010" using the method I described.... THEN you have to raise your saddles so each string is 4-6/64" above the 12th or 17th fret when unfretted....and then you need to intonate....it's a 3 step process.....1.6 to 1.95mm. A good place to start for the action on a Strat is 4/64″ on all the strings. Correct Height: Let’s … String height. .018 height over first fret for the nut height. Since modern Fender Strats have 9.5-inch radius fingerboards and vintage spec is 7.25 inches, the unwound strings must be set higher for optimum Strat tone than they might be on guitars with a flatter fingerboard radius. Depending on the guitar and playing style, the action can be adjusted slightly lower or higher from this starting point to get a comfortable action without buzzing. 4-6/32nds over 17th fret for bridge height depending on which strings you use and how low you like your action. Tune to pitch and measure the height between each string and the fret (not wood) on the 17th fret. Measure the distance from the bottom of the string to the top of the Low E Pole. with a strat, the saddles are adjusted individually to set the height, using the two allen socket screws in each saddle. A critical adjustment that is easily overlooked is the string height at the nut. Okay, here are the specs I use to set the heights for each Strat pickup. Do the same thing on the High E String (Treble Side). Feb 19, 2011.

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