Fender Stratocaster string spacing off?

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  1. 07rogersg

    07rogersg Senior Member

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    So I just bought a 2017 Fender Strat, I'm not too knowledgeable about these guitars but it appears to me the neck is not straight on the body. The low E is over the neck pole piece but the high E is not. Should I return it?

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  2. DarrellV

    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Premium Member

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    Let's see the bridge saddles and a shot from up the neck near the nut.

    The thing is, if the strings are straight and even down the length of the neck, the bridge saddles are off.

    Sometimes they can be slid over or the string is off center going over the saddles and this will happen.

    I had a crooked neck on an American Deluxe.

    The strings at the nut were fine, but moved over like yours near the bottom. Wouldn't intone either.
     
  3. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    I'd actually be more concerned about the misalignment of the strings on the neck than over the pickups.

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    What type of Strat is it?
     
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    07rogersg Senior Member

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    MIM Standard.
     
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    Nut spacing appears to be correct and the strings are sitting dead center on each saddle.
     
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    You could loosen the neck attachment screws (relax the string tension first) and slightly bump the neck in the right direction to even out the string spread over the neck, which also corrects the pole piece spacing. Then you have to determine if the gap left next to the neck on the bass side of the pocket is acceptable to you.
     
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    chasenblues Senior Member

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    It might be just a case of adjusting the neck alignment.

    A couple of vids about adjusting the neck alignment

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    I have already loosened the neck screws and given it a tap, there is now a gap on the bass side where the neck meets the body and this was before I took those pictures. I think that's about as good as it's going to get, I really like the guitar but I guess this is not normal for strats to have this odd spacing?
     
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    Give it the "fender bump", a tap on the side of the headstock that adjusts the neck just a bit.

    It's routine. And one of the reasons why I never will make a bolt neck guitar.
     
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    I have a friend who had a similar situation on a Kenny Wayne Sheppard model. Turned out to be issues with the saddles. He changed the bridge and it went away.
     
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    I did this with a bolt-on necked guitar recently. Worked like a charm. I re-adjusted everything after just to be sure. Never had an issue since (five months later).
     

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