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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-2006, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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intonation help please!

Hi guys,

I have 3 strats, a MIA deluxe, a MIJ Standard and a MIM JV.

let me start by saying, i have no idea what is going on.

On any of my guitars, if i play an open D major chord
(standard shape)

0 (typical d major shape)

I get a bad warbly note when i get to the 2nd fret E the F# note, the string is perfectly in tune and intonates perfect too. it is so bad that when i have some overdrive on and i play the d and f# together it sounds like its not in tune at all...

i have to bend the d (3rd fret b) slightly sharp so it doesnt do this 'beating' sound.

This happens on ALL my guitars, but noticibly less on my MIM JV,

here is an mp3 sample

at 14 seconds you can hear the beating i talk about, the F# just sounds wrong, the high G is fine.

at 45 seconds you can hear it all intune in the D chord becaus i have slightly flattened the E, i hit the open e a few seconds after and the E is flat.

i suspect bridge issues but im not sure, all my strats do it, if you say its normal then so be it, but i dont know why a MIA deluxe worth just shy of $3000 cant play a d chord in tune......

like i said, the guitars are intonated perfectly, the pickup heights have all been lowered to stop the magnetic warble, i am going to stop by the music store tomorrow and get a new bridge for my MIJ, what should i go for? modern or vintage styel?

i just want it in tune.

its not as obvlious with clean channel but with distortion i think it stands out.

thanks for your help guys.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-2006, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Re: intonation help please!

something to add too, i have been playing with the intonation of the e and the b all day, nothing i do seems to affect this warble, could it be something like the sting tensioners on the headstock???
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-23-2006, 07:53 PM
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Re: intonation help please!

Same here, I think is normal. Equally tempered instruments. Try
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