#1
I moved recently (from Midland, TX, to New Orleans), and right before I moved I got my Fender American Standard Stratocaster restrung for me at N-Tune (local guitar shop). I haven't had time to really sit down with the guitar until fairly recently, and I've noticed that something strange happens when I bend the strings. See, whenever I bend a string, all the other strings drop in pitch, as if I were using the trem. So for instance if I bent the B string up a full tone, all the other strings will drop 1/8-1/3 tone (or something like that). This obviously causes some problems when playing stuff like:

e----7------
B----10b---
Where the B:10b is supposed to hit the same note as the e:7, but instead the e string is a quarter tone too low, so it just sounds awful.


So here's my question: did the guy at N-Tune screw up when restringing my guitar, or is this something that all Strats with this style bridge have, and I've just never noticed? The strings are still good, so I don't know if I want to have it restrung someplace else, and this thing looks like it'd be a PITA to restring myself. Any thoughts?
#3
Quote by guitaruboy
unless your going in for a complete setup or a mod why would you pay someone else to restring your guitar?


'Cause N-Tune charged like $3+cost of strings. I string all my other guitars myself, just the Fender's bridge+trem setup looks like a pain to work with.
#4
Bending increases tension on the bridge, which makes it pull harder on the springs. It's perfectly normal, but you could try adding another spring to make it stiffer.
#5
that's what happens with a floating 2 point trem. When you bend one string it will pull the bridge slightly up causing the others to drop in pitch.
#6
Ok, so this is normal? Guess I'll have to adjust for that. How would I go about adding another spring, and would that make it more difficult to bend? I play a lot of blues on this guitar, so I bend a lot, but I also play some stuff where I have the whatchamacallit bend up technique... I dunno. Guess I'll have to bend the e string some as well? Or else just use my Peavey for those songs.


Thanks y'all! Glad to know my guitar isn't screwed or something.
#7
Quote by webwarmiller
that's what happens with a floating 2 point trem. When you bend one string it will pull the bridge slightly up causing the others to drop in pitch.


+1
Try putting another spring in the back, it will minimise the effect slightly but it will never go away completely unless you put a block inside but that will take away the whammy ability as well