Why won’t my Rock Band 3 Squier guitar detect when I play the higher strings?

My Fender Squier Rock Band 3 Guitar and Controller often doesn’t register when I pluck the thinner strings, especially the thinnest one (at the bottom of the guitar, but which produces the highest notes). I can’t use my pick to pluck them, I have to do it by hand, and pluck very hard indeed.

Is something wrong? Is my guitar broken?


A helpful post from Reldan

I’ve been playing with mine all evening. There are three ways you may need to adjust the sensitivity for detecting plucks.

  1. Adjust the height of the pick-up. This is the boxy looking thing below the string near the bottom. There are a couple small phillips head screws on either side that let you adjust how close to the string the pick-up is. The farther away, the less sensitive.

  2. Adjust the height of the string themselves. Where the strings attach to the base are a pair of tiny hex-screws that match the small allen wrench included with the guitar. These adjust how high each individual string is. Again, the closer to the pick-up the more sensitive it will be.

  3. Inside the battery box are a couple of small phillips head screws holding in a thin plastic strip. Take these out and underneath are 6 gold potentiometers – one for each string. Loosen them (counter-clockwise) to increase sensitivity and tighten them (clockwise) to decrease sensitivity.

A combination of these adjustments has my guitar, which originally would barely register the G or high E, working fine.

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