How to Set Up Fender Meteora: Pro Tips & Tricks

By Richard •  Updated: 09/20/23 •  5 min read

Here’s a quick and simple guide ALL about how to properly set up the Fender Meteora, complete with video overviews of how to do each one…

So you’ve got your hands on a Fender Meteora, a guitar that’s as unique in design as it is in sound. But before you dive into those riffs and solos, you’ll want to make sure it’s set up correctly.

Why? Because a poorly set-up guitar can lead to a host of issues, from poor intonation to tuning instability.

In this guide, I’ll walk you through the essential steps to set up your Fender Meteora like a pro.

How to Set Up Fender Meteora: A Complete Guide

Fender Meteora

Adjust the Nut Slots

Set The Intonation

Adjust the Pickup Height

Adjust the Tremolo Bridge

Check the Tuning Stability

Final Thoughts

Setting up a Fender Meteora isn’t just a one-time task; it’s an ongoing process. As you play and the guitar adjusts to different conditions, you’ll need to revisit these steps. Changes in temperature, pressure, and humidity can and will affect how your guitar sounds.

And, as noted inside our Tele vs Meteora guide, the Fender Meteora isn’t without its QC issues, so getting acquainted with guitar maintenance, if you own a Meteora, is probably a worthwhile investment of your time.

This is just how life is with guitars, they need constant care and attention to get the best possible tone out of them. Learning the basics – listed above – is a great place to start your guitar maintenance journey.

Get the basics right, and you’ll not only sound better but also find the guitar far more enjoyable to play. But if all of this seems to complex or you’re worried about breaking your Fender Meteora, that’s cool. I used to be the same. You can always take it to a professional and have it set up by them.

Either way, regardless of how much you paid for a guitar it is always advisable to get it set up correctly once you unbox it. It doesn’t take long and it’ll pay major dividends down the road, improving the tone, the feel, and the longevity of your guitar.


Richard has been playing guitar for over a decade and is a huge fan of metal, doom, sludge, and rock music in general – though mostly metal. Having played in bands and worked in studios since the early 2000s, Richard is a massive music production geek, a fan of minimalist recording techniques, and he really likes old-school guitars.

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