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Old 02-17-2013, 04:25 AM   #1
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Bridge Height Problem Please Help !!!

Hey guys I have just restrung my Strat for the first time and I noticed the bridge is now high and its weird when ever I try using the Whammy Bar. Also i'm worried that it is affecting the tuning of the strings because I cant play a single riff without a string getting detuned half a step.

please help !

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Old 02-17-2013, 06:40 AM   #2
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Did you visit the setup thread? If not do it or find one good youtube video and follow the instructions.
http://www.youtube.com/results?sear...0. ..0.0...1ac.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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sounds like the springs in the back need to be tightened.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:45 AM   #4
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will i need to destring the guitar ? i didnt really undersand if i need to in the video...
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:58 AM   #5
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You will only need to loosen the strings. Make sure to use something to block the bridge from retracting back. A rule of thumb is always keep a balanced tension between the strings on the font and the springs on the back. If you setup correctly the bridge should return to the same position after a dive or pull up.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:12 PM   #6
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but i dont want to do a dive i like it when the bridge is flat against the body
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:57 PM   #7
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It's just one way of setting up a tremolo bridge. A balanced bridge which both can dive and pull up is called a "floating" bridge. This requires some works to get it right.

The easier way is to "flush" the bridge to the body just as you prefer. You will not be able to do pull up and dive is quite limited. This is easier to do and is tends to keep tuning better. To do this you simple just have to make sure that the tremolo springs on the back of the body have more pull than the strings. The bridge will be forced to rest on the body surface. You can adjust it by turning the screw on the tremolo claw in the back.

Once that's done then you can start fiddling with bridge height and what's not. How many screws is the bridge resting on?
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:52 AM   #8
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6 screws mate should i tighten them ? or will i just ruin the bridge that way ?
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #9
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You have the standard style strat tremolo. The bridge plate should be screwed all the way down. Don't force it thought. To adjust the string height at the bridge you will have to do it with each of the saddles the strings resting on. This video explains it quite well.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:37 AM   #10
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should i also adjust the truss rod beforehand ?
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