Guitar DIY: How to perform a basic Stratocaster setup

Bring your Stratocaster up to scratch with this step-by-step guide.

The fifth instalment in our DIY series in association with Elixir Strings gives you all the tools you need to perform a simple setup on your beloved Stratocaster.

Matt Gleeson of Monty’s Guitars takes a stock Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster and gives it some much-needed attention. Matt walks us through the basics of a great Stratocaster setup, from adjusting the intonation of that tricky six-saddle bridge to cutting the strings correctly for vintage-style tuners to setting the action for optimal playability.



The emphasis of this video is on optimising and improving your guitar with minimal time and cost. With a few simple tweaks and some routine maintenance, that old Strat or S-type that you’re struggling to bond with may yet surprise you.

Even if your S-type isn’t a Fender there are plenty of important takeaways in this video that will apply to most Strat-inspired guitars. Be sure to check our YouTube channel for other DIY videos on how to setup a Les Paul and Telecaster, alongside finding the optimal time to change your strings and more.

Want more tips on improving your Stratocaster? Read our 25 tips to upgrade your Strat or S-type.