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How do you replace a string on a Fender Starcaster guitar?


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2011-09-12 20:47:11
2011-09-12 20:47:11

Okay, you're probably referring to the newer low-end strat-copy models Fender is currently producing. If you have an original Starcaster, then it surprises me that you don't know how to change a string. Anyway, as with any Stratocaster, you hold the string where the ball-end is facing down. There should be a backplate with six holes in the lower part of it. Each hole represents where a string will sit on the top of the bridge (located directly above the backplate.) Look at the bridge. There will be six "saddles" that hold the string in place. On each saddle, there are to screws with which, you can adjust "action" (string height)with an Allen wrench or hex key. You put the string through the backplate, guide it through, so that it will come through the saddle and bring the string up the neck. There will be a "nut" at the top of the neck which is cut to let a certain gauge string sit in it (I use nines or ".009 to .042" for my strat). Let the respective sized string sit in the groove of the nut, and bring it toward the machine head (tuner). Fender headstocks are famous for having six inline machine heads, so if you are starting with the top string, you will put it through the shaft of the farthest machine head. And the lowest E string will be placed in the closest machine head, etc. I always wrap each string twice around the shaft of the machine head twice before putting it through. Tighten the string by turning the machine head to the right or left, depending on which head you're turning. Tune it to whatever tuning you like. If you're a beginning guitarist, probably standard tuning. eBGDAE Use a chromatic tuner if you haven't had experience with other instruments.

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