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I have a cheapish, second hand "stratocopy;" Probably a low quality guitar, but I'm happy with it, given that I bought it for $40 in unplayable condition, and have done all the work to get it sounding and playing right myself!

Problem is, it seems that, now that I know something about how to set it up, I never stop.

Tiny changes in intonation, getting the bridge saddles that little bit more perfect, lowering action, eliminating string buzz everywhere...

Sometimes it seems like I spend as much time working on it as playing it.

Any of you like this? Is it because it's a cheap guitar? Because I'm obsessive? or is everybody constantly tweaking their guitars?

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My guess:
Because I'm obsessive

:wink:

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Darn.

I was hoping it meant something was wrong with the guitar- because then I'd have to get another one....

:wink:

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Darn.

I was hoping it meant something was wrong with the guitar- because then I'd have to get another one....

:wink:

Ande
Being a staunch supporter of G.A.S., I'm sure something is really, really wrong with your guitar. I think you already got your $40.00 worth out of it. Just kidding of course, but if you were looking for a nudge toward buying a new (or used) guitar, then this is it. Have fun.

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I enjoy tinkering with mine almost as much as I enjoy playing them.

"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard,
grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
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(@dommy09)
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some people do. Personally, as long as it goes, it's good! Let someone else do the hard work i say! :P

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(@slejhamer)
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I was hoping it meant something was wrong with the guitar- because then I'd have to get another one....

Well, now, maybe your guitar does need a bit of constant attention. Just think how much money you'd have spent if you didn't know how to do your own setups. Probably hundreds if not thousands. So with the money you've already saved by doing your own work, now you can go get another guitar and keep on tweaking, thus saving even more money every time you do it yourself. That additional savings can then go toward a third guitar, or amp upgrade, etc. Nice logic, eh? I should be a government economist ...

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The "powers that be" sent you that guitar for $40 (about the avg price of a setup) to train you to set up the guitar you are about to purchase.
please remember to post pics, a review and if possible, sound clips asap :wink:

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The "powers that be" sent you that guitar for $40 (about the avg price of a setup) to train you to set up the guitar you are about to purchase.
please remember to post pics, a review and if possible, sound clips asap :wink:

Well put TL :lol: :twisted:

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Thanks Guys-

THat's what I was hoping to hear. :-) Truth is, I didn't know how to do my own set ups, at all. Or solder. Didn't even know that you could shim a neck, or why you would. It's been a learning guitar, and honestly, plays great. (Don't want to be disloyal, we're friends.) Doesn't quite get the tone I like for some things though...

There isn't much to choose from around here, though- so it may take me a while to find the one I want locally. (Epi LP in the Andes, anyone?)

In the mean time, I'm spending the money I "saved" on setting up on lessons, but am keeping some back in case I run into what I'm looking for. (What is my girlfriend gonna think..the house is filling up with guitars...)

Meantime- next tinkering moment: How do you put a humbucker on this thing?

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Ande


   
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And, erm, what is the G.A.S.?

SOunds like I'm a supporter...

:oops:


   
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GAS is Guitar,Acquisition.Syndrome.


   
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(@twistedlefty)
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Yes the G.A.S. was diagnosed early in the mid 50s' after Al (Guitarzan) Einstein worked out the now famous theorem...

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LOL. I have that on my pc desk top. Drives the wife nuts :twisted:

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