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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / MIM '70's Strat Tuning Machine Width and neck shape

Bill D.

Clovis, CA USA

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Mar 20th, 2018 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've noticed on my MIM 70's Strat that the tuning machines are only wide enough to put a 42 gauge string for the low E, and it barely fits. A 46 string won't fit. As you know these Strats didn't have normal tuning machines, but they had slots in the top rather than holes. The only hole goes straight down into the tuning machine where you put the string before you start wrapping it around the post.

And, the neck is no where near my '52 RI Tele U shaped neck. I did have a 75 Strat that I bought new that the neck felt like my 52 Tele's neck. The 70s reissue Strat is so thin and thinner near the headstock.

I got the 70s reissue Strat used for a very good deal. It even still had the plastic on the pick guard. Maybe that's why I got such a good deal? And no, it wasn't stollen. The previous owner wanted to keep in like new. He's a friend of mine.

I use 9-42 strings, but I'd like to go to 9-46.

Any ides on these 2 issues?

(This message was last edited by Bill D. at 03:28 PM, Mar 20th, 2018)

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Mar 20th, 2018 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've never run into that problem...an 046 E should fit into the hole and slot.

You can open it up with a small file and it won't hurt anything. Alternatively, you can gently whack the string with a smooth hammer against a hard steel surface to flatten it just a smidge to rest it in the slot and wind it on as usual. It takes a very light whack and won't damage the string.

Bill D.

Clovis, CA USA

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Mar 20th, 2018 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

If I did file the slot bigger, the hole down the center of the post is still only big enough to fit a 42 string down into. I don't remember my '67 or '75 Strats having this issue.

Cal-Woody

USA/California

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Mar 20th, 2018 09:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Check the other tuners and see if one will allow you to use your heavier gauged string, if it works, swap that tuner to the needed position. Hey, it's worth a try, right?

Bill D.

Clovis, CA USA

I pick...therefore, I play...
Mar 22nd, 2018 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Cal-Woody. I did think about swapping out the tuning machines, but I tried them all with the 42 gauge string and they're identical.

ecfan

New Jersey USA

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Mar 25th, 2018 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Drill the hole; file the slot. If you don't like the neck; put a different one on. Or just sell the guitar. I'm not being flippant; but the answers to your issues are rather obvious.

Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Mar 25th, 2018 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Is this a reissue with a 3 bolt neck or does it have 4 bolt pattern? If it's the latter, then a swap is easy! Otherwise, if you like the way it sounds then go for a new neck and get what you like for it.

Bill D.

Clovis, CA USA

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Mar 26th, 2018 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

It is the RI with the 3 bolt neck. It actually sounds pretty good with the ash body.

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Mar 27th, 2018 05:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

New tuners.

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