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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-06-2005, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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squire strat mods

i recently bought a squire strat for $80 used, it plays ok, but like all squires iv'e ever played, it has a terriable buzz at the 9th fret on both the g and b strings, any tips?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-06-2005, 05:01 PM
 
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Re: squire strat mods

Is the neck straight? Is the action unbearable if you raise the bridge a bit? You might need some neck relief.
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Re: squire strat mods

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Is the neck straight? Is the action unbearable if you raise the bridge a bit? You might need some neck relief.
yep it's true a lot of squire strat's neck ain't straight at all
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Re: squire strat mods

cheap guitars use the truss rod to correct problems with the wood, hence the fact that they never play so good. best advice i can give you is jack that action up and adapt!!!
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Re: squire strat mods

If you have a reliable straight edge, like a steel ruler, you can lay it against the frets and determine if you have a low or high fret. If you can rock the ruler over the 9th fret, it may be because it isn't fully seated and you can push it back into the fretboard to correct the buzz. Check projectguitar.com for instructions on how to do it. If you tap it too hard and set it lower than necessary, you'll just move your buzz to the 10th fret and you'll need to bring it in to a luthier or tech to fix. If the issue isn't the frets but is actually the neck itself, I think you need to decide how much money you want to put into an $80 guitar to make it playable. A decent neck could easily run you more than 80 bucks.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-10-2005, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: squire strat mods

it plays great exept for the cheapo pickups and that one buzz, the action isn't that bad at all, i do string it with 11's though. i was thinking about putting texas specials in it and having the buzz looked at by a pro, but i'm not sure if its worth all that effort
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