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Factory specs for Fender Stratocaster and Squire
The nut and the bridge are the pieces that effect the radius of a guitar, regardless of make/model.
The radius is the arc the frets and fretboard follow from side to side. Matching this arc with your string saddles greatly increases playability and comfort when playing the guitar. The nut follows this arc also, though not as intensely as the saddles. An improperly set bridge not only is hard to play on, but causes undue stress on the player!!
Fender does not provide the specifics; it's pretty much up to the player to set to their preference. I'd check out a music store to see what a new out-of-the-box Strat is set up like, just for reference.
on Feb 16, 2015
Tone controls dont seem to do anything
Here are two diagrams you need:http://www.fender.com/support/diagrams/pdf_temp1/stratocaster/0109200A/SD0109200APg2.pdf andhttp://www.fender.com/support/diagrams/pdf_temp1/stratocaster/0109200A/SD0109200APg4.pdf Make sure your wiring looks like this. Check for a broken ground wire Also check to make sure that the .022K capacitor is soldered to the correct connections. The 5 way switch may also be wired up wrong or in need of replacement. Hope this helps.
on Oct 19, 2009
The back of my Fender
I'm guessing that in addition to your explanation, the guitar does not have currently have strings on it and you want to replace them. If so, this will fix your problem and is generally the best way to restring a floating bridge strat:
1) Remove the metal plate from the back of the strat. Inside you'll see the springs and the back of the bridge. Get yourself a thick piece of paper (or an ace of spades card like I do ;) and hold the guitar on your lap like you're going to play.
2) Gently push the back of the bridge up a bit and slide the paper/card in between the body and the back of the bridge on the front of the guitar. This will give you the room to get the strings through and slide the tremelo bar in correctly.
3) Restring the guitar starting with the low E, bringing it into pitch and then repeating in order with the other 5 strings. The card will fall out as the strings begin to put tension on the bridge. Replace the back plate and rock out vigorously.
on Dec 14, 2008
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