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G String on Mexican Strat


(@jimmy-d)
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New to this forum and need some help. I've got a one year old Mexican Strat. I had a tech do a set up when I first got it and it played fine. Then I got lazy and didn't play much this year. I PROMISE to change that in 2009! Anyway, the g string sounds fine when I play it open, but sounds awful (sharp) when I play it on 2nd fret, as in a D chord. What to do? Seems silly to take it back to the shop for one string, but I can't do much without a D!

Thanks,

Jim


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(@ricochet)
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Adjust the intonation. And make sure the nut slot's not cut too shallow for that string, or that the string's not oversized for the slot, making it sit too high on the nut.

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(@jimmy-d)
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Thanks. Hope I'm not sounding dumb here, but how do you adjust intonation?


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(@ricochet)
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From Googling the words "adjust intonation Strat" I found this from Fender among many other pages:
http://www.fender.com/support/stratocaster.php

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(@jimmy-d)
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Thanks. I'll give it a shot.


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(@moonrider)
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Thanks. Hope I'm not sounding dumb here, but how do you adjust intonation?

Ricochet's already given you the link to Fender's setup guide. If it's been a year or more since it was last setup, you may want to check all of the things on that list, in the order given. Just remember to change your strings before you do ANYTHING else.

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