#1
Okay, I just bought these high gauge flat wound strings for my electric guitar... I guess I wasn't thinking clearly.

When I have my guitar in tune it pulls the whammy bar bridge thing forward.... I don't want it to wreck my guitar so I loosened the strings up but now the guitar isn't in tune... so am I basically screwed?

I only wasted $9 but it was still kinda disappointing.
#2
just buy another spring for the bridge. i had the same problem, and it seemed to do the trick
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#4
How big are they? Cuz if you keep really big strings in a guitar with a floating bridge for just a small amount of time it can ruin the springs so you have to get new ones.
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#5
If it's a strat style whammy, just block it with some wood wedges:





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#6
It's pulled the bridge forward?

Slacken your strings, go into the backplate and you'll see some springs. Tighten them up, and set your guitar back up. You should be set.
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#7
A guitar with a trem is all about tension. The tension of the springs and the strings must be balanced. When you add thicker strings, you have to add more tension to the springs to balance it out. This is done by screwing the trem claw in the back of your guitar further into the guitar. If it's already pretty far in, take off the strings, screw it out a good amount, then start over.

It'll take a while to balance out if you've never done it before, just be patient with it.
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#8
I think I might just have to take it into a shop :/ or just rip the strings off and buy thin ones.

I added in a fourth spring and tightened the spring holder thing, but it didn't help a whole lot.

Each time a tune a string it pulls the bridge forward, when it does that it un-tunes all the other strings, so I basically get to the point were my bridge is almost on a 45 degree angle :/
#9
Just keep at it. It'll resolve itself eventually. Screw it in a lot, then tune. Also, you have to retune several times. If you tune each string once, the only string that will be in tune is the one you just did. You have to do them all over and over for the bridge to level out and everything get back to normal. It takes time, but the more you do it, the easier it will become. It's only really difficult when you make a massive jump in string gauge like you did.
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#10
Yeah, I know you have to re-tune each string, but that's what cause the massive bend in my bridge.

As I mentioned I added a 4th spring. That would help right?
#12
Tighten the springs is the back. The floating bridge is essentially balanced on two pole peices, and there needs to be a perfect equilibrium between string tension and spring tension to keep the bridge from popping out or sinking in
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#13
Add a 5th spring. If that doesn't help you may have to hardtail it.
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#14
Okay, so good news I tightened the spring holder thingy, and the tuning holds, I still may need to throw a 5th spring in, but I'm sorta nervous about 1 thing...

Since my guitar is use to lighter gauge string, and I put some really heavy ones on will that warp my neck? Maybe I'm just paranoid :/ But yeah, I really don't wanna wreck my whole guitar over some 9 dollar strings :/
#15
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Okay, so good news I tightened the spring holder thingy, and the tuning holds, I still may need to throw a 5th spring in, but I'm sorta nervous about 1 thing...

Since my guitar is use to lighter gauge string, and I put some really heavy ones on will that warp my neck? Maybe I'm just paranoid :/ But yeah, I really don't wanna wreck my whole guitar over some 9 dollar strings :/


I wouldn't worry about it. I jumped from a set of 9s up to a set of 12s once, and I didn't have a problem.
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#16
Each time a tune a string it pulls the bridge forward, when it does that it un-tunes all the other strings, so I basically get to the point were my bridge is almost on a 45 degree angle :/


Keep screwing it in and re-tuning it. Eventually, its gonna find its own balance. If you think that the screws are in as far as they can go, start popping on springs.
#17
don`t block the bridge

add a spring.

level the base plate of the bridge so it`s parallel with the body (use the screws in the back that attach body to the springs.

tune up and intonate.

if you don`t know what you`re doing take it to a tech.
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#18
Google for basic Strat set up.There are a million sites out there. Blocking the trem is the lazy way to go about it.
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#19
Slacken your strings, open the back of your guitar. You should see 2 or 3 springs connecting the bridge you see and a plate that's screwed into the guitar.
Tighten those screws a bit, you'll have to check regularly what the bridge looks like from the front (ie at which angle it sits in comparison to the body).

If it's parallel to the body when you put the old gal back into tune, you're good.

Also, if it's really at a large angle, add a spring. Usually though, adjusting those screws will do.

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Last edited by PsiGuy60 at Jun 20, 2010,