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Lefty 2003/2012 Fender American Deluxe Stratocater [8.0 lbs] :: setup

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Lefty 2003/2012 Fender American Deluxe Stratocater [8.0 lbs] :: setup

Here's a left handed 2003 Fender Deluxe Strat body with a 2012 Custom Shop neck.  This came in with a very high neck set over the body.  The Micro Tilt screw in the neck pocket was engaged which allows you to quickly dial in the neck angle if necessary.  I am not a fan of the Micro Tilt as it is a single screw that pushes up the rear of the neck and acts as a single-point shim.  The better alternative is to use a traditional wood shim with as much contact in the joint as possible.  This guitar did not require the neck to be shimmed as I backed off of the Micro Tilt and dropped the bridge down.  Lefties are always a trip to play test!

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2014 Fender American Vintage '65 Stratocaster [7.9 lbs] :: setup

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2014 Fender American Vintage '65 Stratocaster [7.9 lbs] :: setup

A 1965 Strat reissue in to address a few high frets along with a setup.  Every once in awhile I find that the saddle spring on the low E does not allow enough room to push the saddle back to it's ideal intonation point.  To properly intonate these situations, the spring requires a few coils of this spring to be clipped.  Sometime the G string saddle spring needs this too.

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Fender Strat body - Tele neck [8.0 lbs] :: document

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Fender Strat body - Tele neck [8.0 lbs] :: document

A client wanted his favorite guitar documented so I pulled it apart, took photos and wrote down some notes for him.  It's a 2000 Mexi Strat body with a Tele neck that he put together.

The pickguard is loaded with Fender ’57/‘62 pickups measuring 6.42K (neck),  6.45K (middle non-RWRP), 6.45K (bridge).  The middle pickup is non-reverse wound / non-reverse polarity so it is not hum cancelling in positions 2 and 4.

Some details of the audio path components:

  • Master volume, neck & middle p/u tone, bridge p/u tone, 5-way switch
  • 250K audio taper CTS volume pot “GTR ELEC 250KA CTS 0519”
  • 250K linear taper CTS tone pots “EP4985 250K 0521"
  • Sprague Vitamin Q 0.033 µf tone cap (shared)

The bridge is a Callaham Mexican Std vibrato bridge and arm.

The MIM Tele neck's details:

  • Indian Rosewood fingerboard with 9.5"R
  • 0.870" thick, 1-5/8" wide @ 1st fret
  • 0.910" thick, 2" wide @ 12th fret
  • frets 0.103" wide by 0.048" tall
  • vintage style locking tuners

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