It's become abundantly clear that a Strat with a blocked trem really wants a dimension of more like 3/32" at the 12th. The 7/64" dimension means that the 3rd and 6th strings are pegged hard against the limitations of the springs, and really there is little adjustment left where the string breaks from the saddle through the slider. The ideal may be to move the bridge 5/64th" toward the tail. (Estimation).
So, lower the action to achieve proper intonation and sacrifice string dynamics. I like the idea of changing the bridge, filling the existing holes/doweling etc. But the owner is going to then pay out the nose, or sacrifice appearance...because of finish irregularities. Poly finish is fussy. When I get to building more, I think it'll all be Osmo or French Polish....something readily repairable. Lacquer, while "The Standard" is rapidly disappearing. I read Bob Taylor's book, and it has a big section on historical n-c lacquer issues. Poly repairs poorly. Ug. Diatribe
I was looking at the Ruklick Wolf, and exchanged an email with Matt Moriarty. In brief, Matt seemed to indicate that his perception of Jerry's string action was not nearly as high as the stats from Mr. Brawer. Please don't think I'm defending any of this, just passing along info as I learn.
My personal belief is that geometry & physics are pretty clear in this regard, and at the point the bridge is set...some options are off the table. Anything can be changed, but there will always be trade offs.
Anyway. Keep the faith. We'll get it all worked out.
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