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5Strats
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GospelBilly!
May 14th, 2019 04:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ground control to major WTF. I bought a used MIM Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Strat (another one?) and the MIA allen wrench for saddle height adjustment did not work.

So . . . I took out my metric tool kit and the little Allen wrench worked liked a charm.

Are Mexico and the Far East collaborating to mess with us or it's a total oddball aftermarket addition? Hep Me!

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Planet Peegoo

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May 14th, 2019 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Anything is possible on a MIM, so take your protein pill and call the fire truck :o)

USA-made Strats use an SAE .050" hex wrench for the height screws. Some MIM bridges use the SAE dimension, and some use metric.

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May 14th, 2019 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Most MIM I have come across use something like 1.5mm I *think*. I can't remember. I converted mine with a Callaham bridge long ago which is vintage/English/SAE/USA/CIA/FBI/NSA/Notorious BIG etc.



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GospelBilly!
May 15th, 2019 05:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I didn't know that Fender had such a sense of humor. (:oD

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May 15th, 2019 03:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, sometimes someone is funny without realizing it :-O)

Cal-Woody

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Why do I keep fixing things that work?
May 16th, 2019 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know that some of the MIM Strats used an American tremolo on them, like my Deluxe Strat, and this may be the case on your Strat.
My Deluxe Strat came with an American Vintage bridge on it and when the saddle screws became stripped due to the plating flaking off, I replaced it with an Wilkinson bridge as the spacing is different than the Mexican or other import models.
One check of the spacing against an import or Mexican bridge will tell you that your bridge is American and that the mounting holes will not line up.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 16th, 2019 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Measure the bridge you have (string spacing and screw spacing) and compare it to

this to determine what bridge you have.

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