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For almost one year, guitar luther Rick Andrews answered your guitar repair questions. After recieving over 500 questions we put together the most popular questions and answers. Today, we are involving other great guitar builders and will continue to expand this area in the future. This section will no longer be interactive but you should find most of your guitar building and repair questions have already been answered in this section.

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  • Subject: Re: Fender strat intonation
    I'm Jon Joaquin from Davao City, Philippines. I recently purchased a second-hand Fender california It plays well, sounds great, but I have a problem with my # 6 string. It won't play in tune (bad intonation)! I've already moved the saddle all the way to the end of the bridge plate but notes still sound sharp as I go up the neck. I tried doing the reverse and moved the saddle closer to the pickups but it only got worse. I took out the spring to get extra space but still no go. What did help was putting a matchstick about 3/4 of the way from the nut, but I don't want to have that stick in my guitar when I play! How do I fix this?>
  • Ricks Answer to - Fender strat intonation

    Man this sounds really messed up. Putting the match stick should have made it worse instead of better. Did you try replacing the string? Someone may have put the bridge on too far toward the pickups but that would make all the strings do the same thing.

    It would be hard for me to say for sure unless I could work with it myself. My first thought is take the strings off and then take the bridge off and see if there are extra screw holes where someone moved it.

    Someone also may have replaced the neck and used a wrong model neck that is from another guitar where the screw holes may have changed the distance of the mounting just enough to throw off the 6th string.

    If your bridge is moved back further from the pickups and remounted making the total scale longer then you can get the extra space needed to adjust the string intonation properly. Then of course you will have to readjust all the other strings to match. The total distance from the front edge of the nut to the E 1st string saddle should be 25 1/2". That will tell you the story there.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar



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