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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-25-2001, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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String Tension - and Intonation

I have a couple of questions about my Squire Strat:

1) *I was told a while back that, because my guitar is a shorter scale length then a JEM, I am playing with less string tension (looser strings). *This is not the case. *I find my strings very tight and hard to bend, but when I picked up an RG-320, it felt smooth, easy, and just plain comfortable. *What could be causing the tension on my guitar and how can I fix this?

2) *The intonation on my 1st and 2nd strings are WAY off. *They went slightly off a long time ago, and I tried to fix them myself...long story short, I can't get them right. *How can I fix this, cuz it's really pissing me off! *The 12-fret note of my 1st string is not 1 octave higher than my open 1st string. *It never is. *My 2nd string has less of a problem, cuz I didn't try fixing it. *It's only a little off. *This get's really annoying for lead work. *Please :help:!

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-26-2001, 08:11 PM
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If your Squier Strat is just like a strat, then it is probably 25.5" scale length which is the same a Jem. Your string tension should be slightly less than a Jem if your guitar doesn't have a locking nut.

I would suspect your perceived tension problem is more are result of your guitar's setup, strings, or frets. Of course you should try light strings (9's are what Ibanez's are usually shipped with) and setup your guitar with low action. Also, polished frets can make a world of difference when it comes to string bending.

Setting actiona and adjusting intonation isn't the black art that everyone makes it out to be. You just need a good tuner, a screwdriver or hex wrench, and some basic knowledge.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-27-2001, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Thanx! *But about the intonation on my upper strings, how do I fix this?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-28-2001, 12:31 AM
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If you've tried all you can yourself (using all the tips on this site) Then the next step would be to take it in to a qualified and competent guitar tech
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-28-2001, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'll be finding a professional. *I tried adjusting it again, I ended up trying full in both directions and everywhere in between and couldn't get it right. *Go figure. *Thanx anyways!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-02-2001, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Just an update, I got the loose string tension I want and correct intonation today, just slapped on some Dean Markley Lights (9-42).
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