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I have a Samick Electric Guitar that's relatively an inexpensive copy of Strat. It plays all right and suits me as a beginner.

However I specifically notice that the High E (1st string) sounds weak as compared to other 5. So there's is unintended variation in the volume when I switch to 1st string.

So far I have tried lowering the action on 1st string and also raising that side of pickup height. However there's no much difference. One more thing I wish to give it a try is to replace only the first string with relatively medium gauge string (Current ones are all thin) and check.

Is this a problem with the instrument or expected variation and is there any possible solution?

Thanks.

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The quickest way for my money to see if there is actually a problem in the way that end of the pickup is picking up the string sound by my reckoning would be to be a scientist about it: buy two plain b strings, and fit them both to the 1st and 2nd string position of the guitar. Then you have a controlled comparison. If there's a noticeable volume difference then there's a problem with your pups or your setup. If there isn't, then it was a problem with your old strings being unbalanced: buy a new set.

A single plain .12/.13 Ernie ball or Rotosound or something will set you back a dollar or less, it's worth it in my book to effectively work out what's going on.

This won't have any effect on neck tension etc. if you're worried about that.

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