a modification

This strat is owned by a gent who strings his instrument with extremely heavy gauges (13-60), floats the tremolo (the base of the bridge pivots slightly above the top of the guitar enabling up & down movement) and currently isn’t able to intonate the individual bridge saddles so that the guitar will play in tune. Gary has installed a thin shim on the sidewall at the end of the base of the neck pocket in order to push the neck very slightly away from the bridge. This way the instrument will intonate. This particular model of guitar was never intended to be played with such large strings. With this modification the guitar now intonates correctly and still plays well.

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